BMC, EMC link, swap products

Management software company BMC Software has given control of its Patrol storage management software to storage specialist EMC, as one element of a partnership agreement.

Management software company BMC Software has given control of its Patrol storage management software to storage specialist EMC, as one element of a partnership agreement.

The deal will also see BMC reselling EMC's ControlCentre family of products. ControlCentre handles multi-vendor storage resource, network and device management.

BMC announced in February that it was discontinuing development of Patrol storage management and looking for a “strong partner” in the storage management field. “We saw that the cost of development would be better realised with a partner,” says BMC Auckland spokesman Dave Dodds.

“From the EMC point if view it’s great,” says EMC’s product marketing manager, Abie Gelbart. “It validates our open software strategy, which says we’re prepared to manage any [storage] product.”

EMC will support BMC Storage Manager for existing BMC clients, says Gelbart.

The two companies will work together to integrate the EMC ControlCentre software with BMC's Patrol products, says Joe Tucci, EMC's boss.

Meanwhile, citing unexpected purchasing delays by its customers, BMC says its revenue in the just-ended quarter was lower than anticipated.

Content management software vendor FileNet and integration software developer SeeBeyond Technology have issued similar warnings, contributing to the growing ranks of software companies turning in underwhelming preliminary results in the midst of a slow market. Siebel earlier said it too had missed its forecast, which it attributed both to purchasing delays and the turbulence of the enterprise software market.

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