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BMC Announces Agreement to Acquire Model9

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John McKenny

The mainframe is busier than ever, thanks to digital business growth and increased integration with hybrid and cloud platforms. But with growing workloads come increased volumes of data. Using tape-based or virtual tape systems (VTS) to back up this data can prove complex, time-consuming, and costly. By utilizing cloud-based storage, organizations can save money, increase security, and gain valuable insights into their data.

With today’s announced agreement to acquire Model9, BMC Software will add a robust, modern data management solution to a BMC AMI portfolio that already enables faster innovation, stronger security, better performance, and increased resilience.

Model9 solutions provide a number of benefits including a cost-effective alternative to tape and VTS backup systems with public, private, or hybrid cloud storage. By bringing the power of object storage to the mainframe, Model9 storage solutions eliminate the need for costly data center space dedicated to data backup, align the platform with enterprise cloud-first strategies, and offer simplified backup architecture.

Cloud-based storage also protects organizations from the threat of ransomware and other cyberattacks, providing highly secure, off-platform backups of mainframe data that can be quickly accessed and recovered at any location without reliance on mainframe hardware where the backup data is stored.

Beyond benefits to backup and disaster recovery plans, Model9 solutions add value to mainframe data by transforming it into open formats that can be accessed by a variety of non-mainframe applications and by artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) analytics applications to unlock business intelligence.

Together, BMC AMI and Model9 solutions will comprise a powerful suite of solutions that enable hybrid IT from the mainframe to the cloud, empowering organizations to reimagine mainframe data management, optimize backup and recovery costs, protect against cyber threats, and gain valuable insights from their data.

Read today’s press release to learn more about the benefits of BMC’s forthcoming acquisition of Model9.

These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

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About the author

John McKenny

As SVP and General Manager of Intelligent Z Optimization and Transformation at BMC Software, John leads the R&D, Product Management and Solutions Marketing teams to innovate the mainframe to meet the needs of today’s evolving digital economy. John has over 25 years of management experience at BMC alone and, prior to joining, he led various IT management teams and strategies for 15 years in the transportation and insurance industries.