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BMC buys MQSoftware, bolstering middleware management

BMC said it has bought MQSoftware, maker of middleware that helps companies monitor the performance of IBM's WebSphere MQ software, as well as other platforms. Terms were not disclosed.

BMC competes with Novell Inc., CA Inc., IBM and a range of smaller vendors in the market for business service management software, which helps companies manage their IT infrastructure and align it in support of business processes.

By purchasing MQSoftware, BMC wants a stronger play in companies that are working on SOA (service-oriented architecture) projects.

WebSphere MQ is a messaging platform that allows various applications and systems to communicate with each other. It thereby plays a key role in SOA implementations, which seek to create composite applications consisting of multiple, sometimes shared sources.

MQSoftware sells products for managing WebSphere MQ implementations and analyzing the flow of transactions through the systems.

The company has more than 1,000 customers, and some 92 percent of large IT organizations are using WebSphere MQ, according to a statement.

While BMC's announcement emphasized MQSoftware's close alignment with WebSphere MQ, the vendor also makes other products, such as for monitoring Tibco's Enterprise Message Service platform, which competes with WebSphere MQ.

It was unclear whether BMC plans to continue supporting and selling MQSoftware's products in stand-alone form, or if it intends to fold the technologies into its own portfolio over time.

MQSoftware's Web site indicates its portfolio will be rebranded as BMC Middleware Management. A BMC spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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