Always missing from BMC's portfolio was the ability to marry rich-management information with process automation. This is exactly what BladeLogic brings.
The acquisition will fill out BMC's systems management portfolio with BladeLogic's configuration management tools for data centers.
Phurnace's technology will make it easy to model and deploy Java Enterprise Edition applications from the likes of Oracle's BEA, Red Hat's JBoss, and IBM's Websphere.
The acquisition is intended to expand BMC's lineup of automation and configuration tools. BMC also beefs up its ServiceDesk offering on Force.com software.
For those who think IT is a strategic advantage rather than just a cost center, there's Puppet. As more services move to the cloud or to complex, virtualized environments, with higher server counts and an ever-increasing cost of downtime, a system like P
Open-source company has raised $2 million to further the development of the Puppet IT automation project, which won't win it any friends among its proprietary competitors.
Some worry broad economic woes may finally show up on the balance sheet of big tech firms. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley veterans say a lengthy downturn could have broad, but not catastrophic impact on the start-up economy.
The hype cycle is picking up speed, just like it did for utility computing a few years ago. But new tech, notably virtualization, is giving cloud computing more shape.