The BMC and Unisys initiative will address strategy, planning, design, implementation and operational management of Cloud computing solutions to make it possible for customers to realize both immediate and long-term business value through a disciplined approach to Cloud computing.
"As Cloud computing matures, companies are increasingly finding that it pays to invest in Cloud solutions that are agile and innovative yet complete and disciplined", stated Kia Behnia, BMCs chief technology officer. "The BMC and Unisys offering provides access to a market leading Cloud management solution coupled with innovative strategic advisory, planning and management services. Such a combination will provide tangible returns for our customers."
"The Unisys and BMC solution gives clients a way not only to plan and implement, but also to manage, new Cloud solutions that integrate with existing, mission-critical IT infrastructure", stated Fred Dillman, chief technology officer, Unisys. "We apply a pragmatic approach that reduces complexity and enables clients to lower costs while continuing to realize value from their long-term IT investments."
La Caixa, Spain's largest savings bank and third largest finance company, transformed its data centre, embraced Cloud computing and streamlined its IT services through the combined BMC and Unisys offering it has implemented.
"By transforming our data centre and embracing Cloud computing, we are using IT to better serve our customers", stated Carlos Campaña, La Caixa's Deputy General Manager for Architecture and Infrastructure.
Unlike offerings from other IT vendors, BMC's Cloud management portfolio specifically addresses the practical requirements of taking Cloud computing from a pilot technology to a core, business-critical IT service. This includes managing the broad combination of hardware and virtualization technologies that customers already own as well as providing choice for future technology requirements. BMC's Cloud management portfolio is part of BMCs Dynamic Business Service Management (BSM) platform, which provides IT organisations with a unified management capability across physical, virtual, and hybrid environments, thereby reducing their costs.
BMC's second-generation Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution provides support for deploying business-ready cloud environments from service request to service retirement. It accelerates provisioning, optimizes ongoing operations, and rapidly meets the needs of the business. Serving as the intelligent engine within the cloud, BMC's newly introduced, policy-based Service Governor included with CLM enables customers to leverage automation and policy to expertly place, configure, and manage Cloud services. BMC offers this capability today, enabling dramatic increases in the efficiency of provisioning and managing production and pre-production clouds regardless of whether they are private, public, or hybrid in nature.
The joint solution benefits from the Unisys Hybrid Enterprise approach, a services framework for integrating Cloud solutions with mission-critical data-center infrastructure. This approach enables joint clients to get the most from the BMC cloud solutions and avoid "Cloud in a corner" computing environments that are not well integrated with the organizations existing systems, processes and business models.
Unisys Advisory and CloudBuild Services are core elements both of that framework and of the joint solution. The Advisory Services provide strategic and financial guidance to help clients inventory and assess application workloads and prioritize those which are best suited to a Cloud delivery model. The CloudBuild Services provide a rigorous methodology for the planning, design and implementation of Cloud environments spanning eight core work streams that impact a Cloud data center solution.
The joint solution also draws on Unisys Converged Remote Infrastructure Management Suite of solutions. This suite provides integrated, "single pane" management of clients multi-vendor infrastructures - the "day two" management capability missing from many competing Cloud solutions.