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BMC Atrium Orchestrator is an enterprise-class automation platform that speeds and simplifies the process of developing and maintaining business recovery scenarios and, most importantly, restoring service. BMC Atrium Orchestrator automates any set of repeatable manual tasks and scripts as a workflow, ensuring speed, accuracy, and consistency of execution. Through the BMC Atrium Orchestrator Development Studio, business recovery scenarios can be rendered, maintained, and executed as repeatable workflows — all from a single location that is accessible globally. Whether recovery scenarios call for multiple database restores, porting multiple applications to backup datacenter servers, reconfiguring SAN-based storage, or simply notifying large numbers of people quickly, a BMC Atrium Orchestrator workflow can be built and executed to automate the required tasks.

 

To provide a more complete solution, BMC Atrium Orchestrator also leverages the capabilities provided by other enterprise management solutions. For example, event management solutions have become much more effective at identifying and associating technical problems with impacts on business services. This maturity enables rapid identification of service-impacting problems, which can then be picked up by the automation tool as a trigger to quickly drive the initiation of a disaster recovery plan.

 

As an example, the BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management solution provides a real-time view of available business services and the relative priority and importance of those services to the business. The underlying service models can accurately assess the impact to any supporting technical component with the overall availability and performance of a business service. The additional benefit of the solution’s service impact management functionality is that the encapsulated service models are generated from information within the BMC Atrium CMDB, meaning that so long as the information in the CMDB is current (through proper change processes), the service models are also automatically kept current, which helps alleviate some of the issues associated with disaster recovery plan “drift”.

 

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BMC Atrium Orchestrator complements and easily links to other existing management systems, IT service management solutions, and individual infrastructure devices enabling centralized control and visibility across an entire technology infrastructure. BMC Atrium Orchestrator can execute recovery scenarios in a fully automated mode, semi-automated mode (e.g. generate change requests/e-mails and gather authorizations before initiating a disaster recovery plan), or can be used as a centralized interface from which an operator can run individual recovery scenarios as necessary.