By Matthew Southwell
While a large number of the industry’s enterprise players continue to invest in their storage management offerings, BMC Software is phasing out part of its Patrol Storage Manager (PSM) offering.
While a large number of the industry’s enterprise players continue to invest in their storage management offerings, BMC Software is phasing out part of its Patrol Storage Manager (PSM) offering. However, the company argues that it is not departing the storage management scene altogether, but instead streamlining its product set to better address the market’s current needs. “We are not moving out of storage management… What we are phasing out is storage resource management is distributed environments,” says Tim Peck, general manager of BMC Software in the Middle East. “We have effectively discontinued our higher-level storage management, but there will be support for the [product] over the next two years for existing customers,” he adds.PSM was designed to provide essential storage management capabilities by enabling the consolidation of application, logical and physical storage-related data about storage area networks (SANs), network attached storage (NAS), direct attached, and mainframe storage environments. The tool provided users with the capability to obtain information regarding specific applications and associates the information with the storage platforms utilised.However, Peck says the majority of BMC’s customers were not using these capabilities. “We decided that the solution that we had at this level was ahead of where the market was at the minute,” he says. “The technology and the methodology were sound but, in general, customers were buying at the lower end of the chain and buying storage for network devices and physical attached storage and monitoring that from a hardware level. This meant users didn’t really need our tool,” Peck continues.The decision to discontinue the high end aspect of PSM came following a full business review, during which BMC has assessed which of its products it should continue to invest research and development dollars into, and which it should ditch. “BMC reviewed its business and looked at where it should be focusing its dollars and development,” says Peck. “The higher level of storage management was not one of these areas, hence the decision. However, we still have a full storage resource manager for mainframe and that will continue to be developed,” he adds.