BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC), the leader in Business Service Management, and VCE today announced a strategic alliance that will combine the industry-leading solutions of both companies to address the growing market demand for best-in-class converged infrastructures in cloud computing projects.

As IT departments adopt cloud at an ever-accelerating pace, the integration of the VCE Vblock™ Infrastructure Platform and BMC’s business-centric cloud management solutions will help joint customers for BMC and VCE automate their management of comprehensive cloud infrastructures. As a part of the alliance, BMC and VCE will enhance the interoperability and integration of their products and work together to promote and offer their solutions in the market. Mutual customers include leading organizations such as Harris Corp., Telstra and QTS.

“Vblock platforms bring together best-of-breed technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware to enable rapid deployment of cloud applications using a converged infrastructure,” said Frank Hauck, president of VCE. “By working closely with BMC, VCE is further simplifying and automating management processes for the benefit of our mutual customers. This will enable them to focus more of their attention and resources on using the cloud to deliver better IT services, faster and at lower costs than traditional data center models.”

In addition to integrating the orchestration capabilities of BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management solution, BMC and VCE will collaborate across other areas of the BMC Business Service Management platform including, for example, BMC’s ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite, which combines planning, predictive analytics and preventative automation for improved management of complex Vblock platform infrastructures.

“The ability of BMC’s cloud management solutions to orchestrate the full-stack provisioning of services and provide superior consistency through proactive performance and management functionality are unmatched within the marketplace,” said Paul Avenant, president of Enterprise Service Management (ESM) at BMC. “This industry-leading combination ultimately provides our joint customers with flexible, reliable, cost optimized, heterogeneous cloud solutions that work for their businesses.”

“Here at BlueWater, we are helping our customers with their critical cloud initiatives using BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management solution and the VCE Vblock platform,” said Vinu Thomas, director –Core, DC/Virtualization and Cloud Strategy at BlueWater. “This powerful solution combines industry-leading technologies in converged infrastructure and cloud lifecycle management with our integration services. BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management and VCE Vblock platforms are key components of our go-to-market cloud strategy, and we are excited about the power this alliance will bring to the market.”

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About VCE

VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure.

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