Summary:

BMC, a specialist in the systems management technology used in traditional data centers, is buying VaraLogix to make it easier to deploy and update multi-tier applications. This deal follows BMC’s acquisition last year of StreamStep and its application delivery know-how.

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BMC is buying more application deployment or DevOps expertise with the acquisition of VaraLogix, a privately held application deployment specialist based in Austin, Texas. Terms were not disclosed.

Traditional systems management companies like BMC and CA are trying to get better at automating and managing the trickier and more dynamic world of cloud computing deployments. Last year BMC bought StreamStep for enterprise application delivery, for example.

At the same time, younger DevOps vendors like OpsCode and Puppet Labs (see disclosure) are striving to provide more enterprise-class support and services. Opscode just announced a new enterprise services group as well as DevOps “solutions” to make it easier for large companies to automate configuration management.

Pushing out single-tier Windows applications is relatively straightforward, but “in real-life data centers, the automated deployment of complex multitier apps means that database updates have to be sent, that app servers must get new business logic and it all has to happen as a single deployment,” said Jody Hunt, DevOps solutions manager for Houston-based BMC. That’s the task that companies like VaraLogix, Nolio and UrbanCode take on.

VaraLogix does not compete with Opscode or Puppet Labs, but can actually work with them, said IDC research VP Mary Johnston Turner.

VaraLogix technology will become part of the new BMC Release Lifecycle Management product.

Disclosure: Puppet Labs is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.

 Feature photograph courtesy of Flickr user 401(K) 2012

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