BMC Buys GridApp for Database Automation

BMC bought database automation vendor GridApp Systems for an undisclosed sum.

BMC Software announced Dec. 3 it acquired database automation specialist GridApp Systems in a bid to extend its system management portfolio to the database layer.

Founded in 2002, GridApp focuses on automating database provisioning, patching and administration. The GridApp solution is already integrated with BMC BladeLogic Server Automation, and cuts cost, complexity and risk associated with deploying and configuring enterprise databases in physical, virtual and cloud environments, BMC said in its announcement of the deal.

According to BMC, GridApp's automation capabilities will also extend the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management solution, empowering more IT staffers to request and manage database resources in cloud environments.

"BMC's Business Service Management (BSM) platform is a critical component for so many world-class companies because it has continued to aggressively advance its mission of simplifying and automating IT, enabling it to respond adeptly to the needs and priorities of the business," said Scott Fulton, BMC's vice president and general manager for Service Automation, in a statement. "The acquisition of GridApp not only adds substantive automation capabilities to our portfolio, but also strengthens the overall BSM platform -- creating the most efficient, consistent and comprehensive path to IT value in the industry today."

Earlier this year, BMC rival Hewlett-Packard bought GridApp competitor Stratavia. BMC did not disclose the amount of the deal.

BMC told eWEEK the company will sell GridApp's technology separately as "BMC BladeLogic Database Automation."

*UPDATE: This story was updated with additional information from GridApp.