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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Last year, an IT manager at a large manufacturing company went through the RFP process to find software to manage several hundred terabytes of mainframe and open systems storage. The winner was management software kingpin BMC. The company's Patrol Storage Manager (PSM) had reaped praise for its innovative application-centric approach. Even after a tough negotiation where the price dropped by nearly a third, BMC walked away with a $2 million deal for PSM and related products. But in February 2003, BMC pulled the plug on PSM, leaving PSM customers with no roadmap for distributed storage management. When the partner stops dancing A storage manager at an unnamed, large manufacturing company was stunned to learn when browsing technology business headlines on the Web that BMC had suddenly killed its Patrol Storage Manager product. The manufacturing company had only purchased the product some months before and had been diligently trying to implement it. In fact, the effort required considerable development work on their part. "We had been investing a lot of time ... Access >>>

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