HOUSTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- BMC Software, Inc. (NYSE: BMC), the leading provider of enterprise management, today announced solutions for Linux and desktop management that Assure Business Availability(R) for customers with diverse IT environments. By expanding its enterprise management capabilities for Linux and the desktop, BMC Software continues to offer the industry's broadest and deepest support for all platforms in the enterprise -- giving customers extensive cost savings through centralized intelligent platform management. PATROL(R) for Desktops, PATROL for Microsoft Windows Servers and PATROL for Unix by BMC Software go beyond managing the operating system to ensure that the customer's entire enterprise is available and performing as expected. "BMC Software is committed to delivering monitoring and management solutions for all of the top-tier platforms," said Carl Coken, vice president, PATROL Platform solutions, BMC Software. "Our new Linux and desktop management solutions continue our leadership in delivering infrastructure management giving our customers control over their entire enterprise -- from the desktop to the server." BMC Software Simplifies Desktop and Windows Management PATROL for Desktops extends BMC Software's extensive management capabilities from the enterprise to the desktop, centralizing management and deployment so it will not impact performance of the desktop. The solution, which installs, configures and deploys in minutes, monitors key operating system health indicators such as registry changes, services, printers, memory and disk. It also features intelligent recovery actions, which will restart processes when they fail. "As an online financial services company, we need to ensure that our traders' desktops are available and at peak performance at all times," said Eric Lesatz, vice president of Information Systems, A.B. Watley, Inc. "We are looking forward to evaluating PATROL for Desktops to optimize our traders' desktop availability which will enable us to deliver the highest level of reliability and the quality of service that our customers demand." Recently updated, PATROL for Microsoft Windows Servers ensures the availability of Windows Servers, providing the ability to fix problems before they affect the customer and provides a rapid return on the investment customers are making in Microsoft Windows systems. It also automates monitoring and management to provide optimal Windows Active Directory operations, which enhances application interoperability. Windows Active Directory management is intelligent, out-of-the-box and offers a centralized view of the entire domain. PATROL for Microsoft Windows Servers supports both Windows NT and Windows 2000, providing simplified management of mixed Windows environments. Linux Support Provides Simplified, Cross-platform Management PATROL for Unix, which ensures server performance and availability for a wide variety of Unix platforms including Solaris, HP and AIX now supports Linux. BMC Software also has a variety of solutions for Linux which provide operating system management, Web server management, Linux zSeries platform management, advanced performance analysis capabilities for optimizing an organization's Linux environment and advanced prediction capabilities for proactively planning for changes, including capacity planning. BMC Software offers Linux solutions that span multiple platforms, including mainframe and Intel systems. Working together, PATROL and MAINVIEW(R) allow customers to intelligently manage key Linux systems -- regardless of platform. These solutions simplify application management by monitoring, managing, controlling, optimizing and predicting the impact of changes on all technologies from a single view. The solutions are scalable, interoperable and provide application-centric management that ensures availability of an organization's mission-critical enterprise. Pricing and Availability PATROL for Unix and PATROL for Microsoft Windows Servers are available worldwide with prices starting at $815. PATROL for Desktops is available worldwide with prices starting at $170. About BMC Software BMC Software, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise management solutions. By Assuring Business Availability(R), BMC Software delivers control over infrastructure management costs, control of market advantage and differentiation via service management and growth of business value with solutions for business optimization. BMC Software is a member of the S&P 500, with fiscal year 2001 revenues exceeding $1.5 billion and offices worldwide. For more information, please visit BMC Software's Web site at www.bmc.com . 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