BMC tackles capacity oversight with Neptuny buy

BMC Software has acquired the software business of Neptuny Software, a Milan-based provider of capacity management and IT performance optimization software, the companies announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BMC will fold Neptuny's Caplan line of capacity management software into its own BSM portfolio and cloud management offerings.

Neptuny's Consulting Services business unit was not included in the purchase. That unit has been re-established as an independent company under the new brand Moviri.

"The pinpoint accuracy of Neptuny's capacity management tool allows organizations to precisely match their capacity with their specific application needs, and eliminate unnecessary investments in hardware," said BMC chief technology officer Kia Behnia in a statement.

Neptuny's software translates typical data center performance metrics, such as CPU utilization, into the language of business unit readiness. This could allow organizations to better plan their capacity needs for their business processes. Especially as organization use more virtualization, such planning will become instrumental to effective use of IT, BMC predicts.

"This acquisition strengthens BMC's Capacity Management portfolio at a time when more and more organizations are looking for sophisticated capacity planning insights that take business and application performance into account as well as infrastructure analysis," noted Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research director for enterprise systems management , in an e-mail interview. The software will be particularly useful for distributed systems and cloud optimization, which up to now BMC has supported with a combination of BMC and partner-owned software.

Neptuny's software covers a wide range of data center conditions such as compute, network, storage, power, cooling performance. In addition to capacity management software, the company also had a line of virtualization management and accounting and chargeback software.

Overall, this purchase is a "positive" for BMC, said Milind Govekar, a research vice president with Gartner Research who focuses on IT operations management. BMC's own distributed systems products "lacked breadth, and are sometimes perceived as difficult to use and deploy," he noted. Gartner expects that BMC will continue to invest in Caplan, and support the Italian development team. Customers using BMC's own tools in an distributed systems environment should ask BMC for an integration roadmap, and, should it be necessary, ask for a license swap to use Caplan.

Neptuny has approximately 30 active Caplan software customers, IDC has estimated. Neptuny counted among its users organizations such as Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Deutsche Bank, Expedia, and Vodafone,

In its last fiscal year, ending June 30, 2010, Houston-based BMC reported revenue of $1.92 billion.

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