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BMC Software expands enterprise support for managing Linux environments



New deployment, infrastructure and database management solutions for Linux deliver business service management to customers

BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], a leading provider of enterprise management, today announced that it is continuing to deliver management solutions across all four phases of Linux management production:
* Planning and Server Consolidation,

* Deployment of Linux Application Software,
* Infrastructure Management and
* Service Management.
As part of today's announcements, BMC Software is delivering new versions of its Deployment Manager for Linux and new support for Linux environments with its Enterprise Performance Assurance (r) (EPA) and enterprise data management solutions.
"One of the biggest challenges for the IT industry is the lack of available tools to ensure the stability and optimal performance for the Linux operating systems," said Lori Allen, vice president, Linux Solutions, BMC Software. "Businesses are consolidating databases, Web application servers and file and print servers to Linux and they need comprehensive management of these solutions. With BMC's strong enterprise solution set for Linux, customers can do one-stop shopping at BMC to be assured that all their Linux needs are met. In addition, these solutions deliver additional business value by enabling organizations to elevate their IT operations and better meet business objectives through BMC Software's Business Service Management (BSM) strategy."
By providing comprehensive support of the Linux platform, BMC Software enables customers to manage the entire Linux life cycle for both mainframe and distributed environments, including: Planning and Server Consolidation - BMC Software's Enterprise Performance Assurance solutions, including PATROL (r) Perform and PATROL Predict, - key enablers of the Planning and Server Consolidation Phase - enable a customer to proactively manage performance and cost effectively adapt to business change while optimizing resource requirements.
With today's announcement, BMC Software's EPA solutions now support Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on both Intel 1A 32 and 64 architectures, helping users to effectively consolidate servers and increase their ongoing efficiency and return from their Linux investment.
Deployment Management - Deployment Manager for Linux (DML) - the cornerstone to the Deployment of Linux Application Software Phase - facilitates transparent remote deployment and management of thousands of dissimilar Linux systems from a central location, offering Linux IT personnel the ability to install, upgrade and apply maintenance patches to Linux applications on zSeries and Intel.
Deployment Manager for Linux Version 1.2 is the first solution on the market to allow customers to manage their own in-house Linux applications and enable disk sharing for the IBM Virtual Memory (VM) operating system. Additionally, the new release supports SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1. These new enhancements ensure customers of an easier and faster deployment of Linux into a production environment, thereby allowing them to see a return on their investment and a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
As a special offer around LinuxWorld, BMC Software is now offering SystemCheck for Linux, a version of its DML solution available free of charge to any customer. SystemCheck enables customers to discover where software incompatibilities and potential security exposure may exist in their Linux systems. Once issues are identified, IT can resolve problems manually or on their own or upgrade to the full DML solution. With this new solution, IT users can simplify their Linux application deployment and improve the productivity of their Linux IT staff. For more information on SystemCheck for Linux go to www.bmc.com/systemcheck <http://www.bmc.com/systemcheck>.
Infrastructure Management: Data Management - BMC Software is expanding its Linux Infrastructure Management support by delivering integrated SmartDBA? Performance, Administration, and Recovery management solutions for Linux.
BMC Software is one of the first enterprise management vendors to deliver comprehensive database management for Linux - a critical component in any Infrastructure Management strategy. SmartDBA Performance Management provides event management, database diagnostics, performance visualization, administration, space management, and SQL tuning of Linux database environments.
In addition, SmartDBA allows database administrators to manage DB2 UDB and Oracle, running on a Linux server, from a common SmartDBA Console. SQL-BackTrack enables Linux customers to access the advanced backup and recovery functionality of SQL-BackTrack through its SmartDBA Web-console. Further, BMC Software's recently acquired DGI Classic and Flight Deck data management solutions also support Linux environments. Additionally, follow-on releases of SmartDBA Performance Management solutions for Oracle and DB2 UDB will support Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.
Service Management - BMC Software is expanding its support for the Linux zSeries platform with its Service Management solutions as well. Through BMC Software's Service Management solutions for Linux, customers can manage their architecture from an application perspective, provide an end-to-end perspective of the environment and consolidate management information to a central console. One of BMC Software's service management solutions, PATROL for WebSphere MQ, will provide support for zSeries Linux the second half of 2003. The solution configures the MQ network and monitors the health and availability of MQ objects, relationships, messages, logs and workflow activity from a central point of control.
"BMC Software's Linux management strategy exemplifies their commitment to promoting Linux as an option for enterprise customers with support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a lynchpin of that strategy," said Mike Evans, vice president of Channel Sales and Development at Red Hat. "Our partnership with BMC provides our customers with more management solutions options to help them realize the scalability of Linux and the cost-saving benefits of Linux."

About BMC Software
BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE:BMC], is a leading provider of enterprise management solutions that empower companies to manage their IT infrastructure from a business perspective. Delivering Business Service Management, BMC Software solutions span enterprise systems, applications, databases and service management. Founded in 1980, BMC Software has offices worldwide and fiscal 2003 revenues of more than $1.3 billion. For more information about BMC Software, visit www.bmc.com.