Virtualization Technology News and Information
InstallFree and BMC Software are First to Deliver Complete Visibility into Virtual Application Bubbles for Accurate License and Audit Reporting
InstallFree, Inc., developer of platform application virtualization solutions for enterprise desktop environments today announced its membership in BMC Software’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP). TAP provides resources to enable the InstallFree Bridge – which encrypts and encapsulates virtual applications – to integrate with BMC Configuration Automation for Clients, providing closed-loop change control throughout the Business Service Management (BSM) platform.

The news marks the software industry’s first capability for automated, license-precise, inventory scanning of both virtual and physical applications to meet audit and compliance controls of contents within agentless virtual application bubbles. The integrated solutions provide IT organizations with the cost and management benefits of distributing virtual applications on demand, with added assurance that the BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite has accurate visibility based on manufacturer data.

“Complete visibility into the use of virtual applications is imperative for broad scale adoption within enterprises. Virtualization technologies need to take into account that they must work with the existing PC configuration management tools that already maintain desktop software and are needed for auditing and control,” said Ronni Colville, distinguished analyst at Gartner.

In addition to providing comprehensive discovery capabilities within BSM, InstallFree has also virtualized versions 5 and 7 of the BMC Remedy Action Request System to ease migrations to newer operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows 7.

"InstallFree has addressed a critical gap in the application virtualization market,” said Kia Behnia, BMC’s chief technology officer. “This partnership enables our mutual customers to pull accurate inventory of the individual applications within the bubble – down to the byte – to provide more complete configuration assurance. Now customers can take full advantage of their current software and system investment and realize improvements using BMC with InstallFree to manage and automate their physical, virtual, or cloud environments."

Working together, BMC and InstallFree have identified that 1st Factor Discovery (seeing the application is on the endpoint) is not enough to pass security audits, because the packager may not provide the exact information that matches purchase contracts required for accurate reporting and compliance. InstallFree’s 2 Factor Inventory APIs enable BMC’s client discovery solution to pull and map additional information from the InstallFree agentless client, such as manufacturer-provided Information, into the BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (CMDB) via existing links and federation.

InstallFree also provides applications’ digital fingerprints to ensure that they have not been tampered with during transport or the delivery process. The result is accurate license compliance controls and identification of malware in virtual environments. This provides for quick remediation and reporting during spot audit checks – minimizing the risk to security, governance, and business continuity – while leveraging current controls, procedures, and existing tools for both physical and virtual applications.

“InstallFree recognizes the importance of complete transparency for both physical and virtual applications, and that is why we are the first to create 2 Factor Discovery,” said Yori Gabay, CEO at InstallFree. ”The InstallFree Bridge provides information from the manufacturer on each application within the virtual framework to automate population of the BMC Atrium CMDB. This allows management through a single windowpane, for both virtual and physical inventory, with accurate license and support information. The benefit not only improves IT services and delivery, but improves and lowers service desk calls and costs while increasing user satisfaction.”

Published Monday, August 03, 2009 6:33 PM by David Marshall
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