In April 2012 BMC introduced a new product in it's capacity optimization line called "Moviri Integration for BMC Capacity Optimization." This new product comes to BMC through a partnership with an Italian company - Moviri. The folks at Moviri have many years of experience in the capacity management discipline and many customers have asked to learn more about BMC's partnership with Moviri, and their product offered through BMC. I had a recent opportunity to talk with Riccardo Casero - Product Manager at Moviri and ask him a few questions about the new product and the partnership with BMC...
CG: How did this partnership come about?
Riccardo C: The partnership between BMC and Moviri is actually twofold. A little bit of history to explain why. Neptuny was an Italian company, acting both as a software development farm and a consulting firm in the IT systems performance evaluation market. In 2010 BMC acquired Neptuny’s flagship product (Caplan), now called BMC Capacity Optimization (BCO), as well as the Caplan product development team and the Neptuny brand. The “company” Neptuny, was renamed Moviri and retained the entire consulting arm, with its many years of professional services experience in the deployment, integration, customization and end-usage of the tool. Integrations in particular play a key role in BCO success. This is due to the openness of the BCO framework, which can incorporate IT data from potentially any electronic data source. And this is one area where Moviri helped customers the most and where they grew their biggest expertise.
So, under this scenario, there was an immediate professional services partnership between Moviri and BMC, with Moviri being the most trusted company to engage with for BCO related projects. This partnership has flourished since then.
Soon, as a natural evolution, BMC and Moviri saw the opportunity to more efficiently make Moviri expertise available to customers, enabling them to purchase integration software components as full-featured and supported products. And this is how the partnership came about.
CG: What is Moviri providing to BMC? What would you like customers to know?
Riccardo C: Moviri is extending BMC Capacity Optimization's visibility of IT infrastructure utilization and performance data, enabling customers to leverage their deployed monitoring solutions to feed the BCO data warehouse. The BCO framework already enables customers to build their own connectors to in-house platforms; with Moviri Integrations they can now get these connectors in addition to those that are available out-of-the-box, with the standard BMC products quality and level of support.
The current offering includes packages for IBM Tivoli Monitoring and HP Reporter. The integrations enable the transfer of historical performance and configuration data from monitored standalone OS instances, in a robust and controlled manner. Enhancement to cover specific metrics for monitored virtualized platforms such as IBM LPARs and Solaris Containers are already in roadmap.
We are also actively discussing with BMC on how to further leverage Moviri experience on the field in order to enlarge the offering, i.e. more integrations to many other monitoring and system management platforms. So continue to follow communication channels for news.
CG: How complex is to create a new connector (development thru testing)?
Riccardo C: There are a lot of factors influencing the effort to build a new connector. First one is the extent of the IT entities and the metrics to be imported. Here are two examples: There is a considerable difference in the degree of effort required to just import server network card traffic versus importing metrics from all the network devices (firewalls, routers, load balancers) recorded by a network monitoring tool; The same holds true for importing basic OS-level server utilization metrics rather than importing OS-specific and virtualization-aware metrics.
A second aspect is the understanding of the subject data and the matching of the subject data to BCO data model. In order to have meaningful capacity reports and models in BCO, data cannot simply be transferred with its original label from one tool to the other. Appropriate matching and transformation needs to be done at the data-flow level.
The third aspect is the means of integration: how, how often, and through which protocol the data is transferred. And finally, there are general software development aspects, such as code reusability, maintainability and extensibility that need to be addressed.
CG: You mentioned that Moviri connectors are supported. Does that mean the you will enhance them in the future?
Riccardo C: Yes, together with BMC we are willing to continuously find ways to add functionalities that can bring value to the customers. Main objective is to fully cover the set of imported entities from the integrated data source so that BCO can take full advantage from the integration. Scalability, robustness and performance are other areas where we plan to regularly improve. We will also closely look at new versions of integrated data source in order to provide needed upgrades for available connectors.
CG: How can customers access/buy Moviri connectors?
Riccardo C: The Moviri integration for BCO product can be purchased by customers directly through BMC. For more information contact your BMC sales representative, or visit Moviri Integration for BMC Capacity Optimization.