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The BSM Digest challenge: How does HP BSM 9.0 stack up?

The May edition of BSM Digest  has an interesting article titled “The Top 5 Features to Look for in VM Management” with recommendations on what you should look for in a BSM solution for the virtual environment. I decided to put HP’s new BSM 9.0 to the test and rate it against the criteria outlined in the article. 




The article’s top recommended feature is a tool that allows for a single view of both the physical and the virtual environment and the ability to manage both those worlds.  BSM 9.0 can to do that—and more.  You can view your IT infrastructure not only in the area of virtualization, but also in the context of cloud, whether private or public. Our engineers worked to deliver that view across what they characterize as the “hybrid” environment. 


Essential feature No. 2, according to the editorial, is end-to-end visibility.  BSM 9.0 not only provides end-to-end visibility but dynamic visibility.  You get a unified view of what's going on in your IT infrastructure, but because it’s dynamic, BSM 9.0 delivers and maintains a current view of your IT infrastructure.


Recommended feature No. 3. is “change awareness” or the ability to “understand the dynamics of motion.”  BSM 9.0 uses the industry’s first run-time service model which updates the complete run-time environment of the application service, whether the application is running in an on-premise, off-premise, physical or virtual environment. BSM 9.0 captures and reports up-to-the-minute changes to your infrastructure. So you know immediately how a change in one area will affect others areas of your IT, reducing user impact and time to troubleshoot. 


Feature No. 4 is that the solution must be “built for the new virtual environment.”  With BSM 9.0, HP engineers didn’t just tack on new functionality to old software.  They earned a total of 33 patents for the design of BSM 9, so you can to reap the benefits of not only virtualization, but also cloud models, while you continue to monitor and manage your applications effectively.  Here are some of the new software offerings developed specifically for the BSM 9.0 suite:

HP Business Availability Center 9.0 (BAC) provides an integrated end-user experience, as well as applications monitoring and diagnostics. A run-time service model helps further manage application performance within BAC.

HP BAC Anywhere is a service that now supports on-premise environments in addition to Software as a Service (SaaS). You can monitor your external Web applications at any time, from anywhere in the world–even outside the firewall–from one integrated console.

HP Operations Manager i 9.0 improves IT service performance by using smart plug-ins (SPIs) to automatically discover applications’ changes, as well as physical and virtual infrastructure. HP OMi then updates these changes in a run-time service model, combining it with event streams.

HP Network Management Center 9.0 provides better network visibility by connecting virtual servers, physical networks and public cloud services together. HP NMC 9.0 integrates fault, availability and performance management into a single view.


Not only is BSM 9 built for today’s hybrid and virtual environments, but the user interface is brand-new.  It uses Web 2.0 mash-ups to deliver actionable data to the right team with the right context across a variety of interfaces, including mobile devices. This enables faster decision making and problem resolution.


Cost effectiveness is the last recommended feature of the BSM Digest article.  BSM 9.0 automates the entire event resolution process to dramatically reduce troubleshooting costs, lower mean time to repair and drive productivity gains. HP BSM eliminates redundant events and automates the process of resolution using industry-leading run-book automation tools.


So HP BSM 9.0 definitely meets, indeed it exceeds, the BSM Digest recommendations for the key features needed for managing the virtual IT infrastructure. 


In case you missed last week’s HP Software Universe where we announced BSM 9.0 and would like to learn more, I encourage you to:


» Read the press release

» Listen to the podcasts or read the transcripts

» View the press kit

» BSM 9.0 product page

» Read the feature: Planning for virtualization and the cloud? Answer these three questions


For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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