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3 Posts authored by: Thom Bailey

I'm happy to announce a *new* platform by which to share Automation, BladeLogic, and Cloud stories with industry experts just like you. While we have a vibrant online community, one area I plan to improve upon this year is our Face-2-Face presence not only with customers of BMC, but IT Operations, Cloud and Security professionals from all walks of life and industry.


The BladeLogic Automation Hub and Meetup chapters are all about practitioners.  This is a vehicle for IT Career Enablement, Networking, and creating IT Champions.  I'm less interested in product pitches and vendor roadmaps in the first instance (but they will have a role). Instead, our goal will be to focus on Automation as a means to help build the personal brand and career of it's core constituents and practitioners.  To help someone build their brand and career is to build a champion, an advocate, a reference, and a success story.  All of this is good for the industry itself; it creates confident IT professionals who can help foster innovation in their workplace and help achieve that elusive goal of Lines of IT becoming a Profit Center and not merely a cost center.



In the spirit of helping to build the careers and personal brands of professionals in IT Operations, anyone interested in Automation, Cloud, or DevOps can become an active member of the BladeLogic Automation Hub by joining an existing group or becoming a co-organizer of a BladeLogic Meetup Chapter.


If a Meetup group does not already exist in your area and you are willing to start a new one, the best way to proceed is to contact me so that I can create it for you.  I will always agree to create a new Automation Meetup group based on geographical availability.


Before contacting me to create a new group, please take a look at our existing Meetup chapters below; it's early days as I kick this project off, so please allow some time as I build out our roster of cities world-wide.  I hope to see you all (F2F) soon!


Meetup ChapterMeetup Chapter
MinneapolisNew York City
Washington DC

(Posted on behalf of Matt Salerno)


BMC Software is pleased to announce the release of BMC Database Automation (BDA) 8.6 on December 11 2014.  Our primary vision is to build a complete database management solution and to stay current with database trends and customer needs.


With this release of BMC Database Automation (BDA) 8.6 we are happy to announce a new set of features including database compliance functions to improved UI operations and many many more.


Highlights of the release:

Database Compliance:

Attempting to verify and maintain security and compliance is a never-ending drain on an organization's resources. BMC Database Automation 8.6.00 includes a compliance engine that improves an organization's ability to manage database compliance, reduce the risk and cost of compliance, and increasing governance. The compliance engine enables users to automate and standardize complex database activities that include provisioning, patching and administration using a platform for creating compliance standards.       


    • Validate your database environment using industry defined standards
    • Create custom standards to validate against companies best practices


    • Remediation compliance violations directly within BDA.


    • Historical reporting for compliance trends with BMC Decision Support for Database Automation (BDSDA)


BDA Navigation:

    • Search functionality has been introduced that allows users to quickly locate objects within the BDA Grid.

Template-based provisioning using command line utilities

    • Command line utilities now support using templates to perform provisioning operations on all the databases supported by BMC Database Automation in addition to the existing utilities.

Health and Value Dashboards

    • BMC Database Automation version 8.6.00 adds a Health and Value Dashboard that enables you to view and assess the health of the system, including the status of the BMC Database Automation Manager.


    • BDA Database automation now includes supporter for the following platforms:


  • New/Updated Operating Systems
    • Support for Oracle Linux 6
    • Support for Suse Linux 11


  • New/Updated Database Systems
    • Oracle
    • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 16.0
    • Oracle Linux 6 for Oracle 11gR2 and Oracle 12c


For complete information about what's new or changed, see 8.6.00 enhancements


(Posted on behalf of Mitch Sherfey)


I’m pleased to announce the General Availability (GA) release of Bladelogic Portal 1.2.

BladeLogic Portal 1.2 is a web based, end-user interface, which greatly simplifies the execution and management of common day-to-day IT configuration management tasks.  This release increases the capability of the BladeLogic Portal while improving on existing functionality to provide even greater value and simplified management.  Go to the Electronic Product Download (EPD) site and download the installer today.


Highlights of the release:

  • Patch Analysis Improvements
    • Leverage existing patch catalogs in BSA to create new operations
    • Added information on Patch Analysis results including full number of targets, QNumber, Severity, and patch description
  • Search Improvements
    • Blank searches supported
    • Increased results returned with more results per page
    • Considerable performance improvements
  • Enhanced UI
    • Cleaner and more streamlined look and feel
    • Menu consolidation for quicker access
    • Report layout improvements
  • Authentication
    • LDAP Authentication


Congratulations to the entire team for all their hard work and effort!

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