Long-time competitors Microsoft Corp and Oracle recently announced they would collaborate with Oracle software on its cloud-based platforms, permitting bits of Oracle’s software to interface with Microsoft’s software and online services.
But - who are we to talk? We're BMC, right? Hardly the picture of new-fangled cool kids with steampunk web sites and skinny jeans...?Here's why: Yes, we're a bastion of the industry - but our role is - and always has been - remarkably (perhaps presciently) aligned to this brave new world.
- We traditionally support the broadest array of underlying platforms under our cloud management solution. From day 1. When I still had to explain to customers why bare metal was a key cloud platform. When we received cheers from analysts and customers as LPARS on the p-series were included. Most recently, when we extended support to OpenStack. VMware is table stakes.
- We pioneered the domain of business service management. Oracle runs on Windows, decoupling the application from the platform. They recognize that the real domain for success is with the application (in their battle with Salesforce) - the piece of the technology puzzle that delivers the business value. Cloud is not about the resources. Cloud is about delivering and operating a business service.
- We are committed to the complete cloud. Heterogeneous platforms and complete business services handle the initial complexity of delivering a service. But what happens then? Who ensures the MS platform and the Oracle app are performing and have sufficient resource? Who identifies issues before they occur - whether they are performance related or configuration or even compliance? Press releases are great - but they are no architecture diagram. BMC's approach is to integrate the instantiation of the cloud service with its ongoing operations for smooth sailing - not just on day 1, but all throughout its lifetime.