BMC Acquires Phurnace Software

BMC Software announces its acquisition of Phurnace Software, a privately held maker of Java-based automation software.

BMC Software has announced its acquisition of Phurnace Software, a privately held maker of Java-based automation software.

Phurnace Software's technology helps to reduce the cost, complexity and risk of deploying and configuring Java-based applications on physical, virtual and cloud environments, BMC officials said. The Phurnace technology enables users to manage the rollout, stability and configuration integrity of applications without having to rely on manual or script-based solutions.

"The increased frequency and criticality of application deployments and changes make it difficult and costly for IT organizations to rely on manual change and deployment processes," said Ronni Colville, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a statement. "Organizations need to embrace an automated application release solution to ensure efficient, repeatable, accurate and reliable application deployments."

Though financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, BMC will sell and support Phurnace products as BMC BladeLogic Application Release Automation. BMC plans to quickly embed Phurnace technology into the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Suite product, providing full-stack provisioning and compliance of all infrastructure layers, including the operating system, patches, middleware and applications, the company said.

Phurnace technology brings additional benefits such as the ability to model and deploy Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications for WebLogic, WebSphere, JBoss and WebSphere Portal; the elimination of scripting through automation and tokenization; automatic migration of applications from one version of an application server to another; and the ability to preview and validate changes prior to deployment.

"We see the application layer as the next frontier in data center automation, and the combination of BMC's industry-leading automation solutions and Phurnace is a fundamental game changer," said Dev Ittycheria, president of Enterprise Service Management at BMC, in a statement. "Only through automation can customers drastically reduce the time it takes to deploy applications to a production environment while dramatically reducing the risks and costs of the deployment process. This acquisition significantly enhances our capabilities in the application layer, positions us extremely well to manage the next-generation data center and considerably strengthens BMC's business service management platform."