BMC Software has introduced an array of unique discovery tools which for the first time will enable companies to discover their mainframe assets and integrate them into BMC’s Configuration Management Data Base (CMDB). 

BMC’s new Mainframe Discovery Tools enable interrogation of the information and subsystems within the mainframe, delivering access to information within the mainframe by the wider IT environment.
Evidence shows that the mainframe is not only here to stay but continues to gather pace.  IT relies on the mainframe for critical business services and it is key to business success.
“SOA is significantly driving up mainframe workloads in many organisations, as services are opened up to new customer sets," says said Principal Analyst James Governor at Redmonk.
"While unstructured data continues to explode outside the mainframe, structured information is also growing nicely on the mainframe itself. It is key for companies to understand where all this information is and how it is affecting their business’s bottom line.
"Whether a financial company trying to execute a stock transaction or an online retailer trying to execute a sale within seconds, companies need to understand how their mainframe data affects their overall business services."
With the development of BMC’s Mainframe Discovery Tools, businesses are now able to include mainframe transactions and IT processes under an enterprise-wide Business Service Management strategy.
Under a service management IT environment, the mainframe is typically identified as a server by other discovery tools, with no ability to interrogate the partitions and data within the mainframe.
BMC Mainframe Discovery Tools, coupled with BMC’s distributed systems discovery capabilities, deliver CIOs and their IT management teams a full view of their business services across the enterprise.  
The tools provide effective integration and unique interoperability to reduce complexity, thereby enabling an IP workstation to retrieve and trace information from within the mainframe and deliver it intact and in context.
For enterprise businesses, the mainframe provides a stable and high performance environment that is critical for managing high transaction loads, allowing efficient access to and processing of information.
Through the BMC MainView and Mainframe Discovery Tools, the mainframe can now be automated within a service-orientated architecture, as well as enabling enterprise organizations to accelerate delivery of BSM.
Integration of the mainframe through BMC’s Discovery Tools enables the following business benefits:
* Faster application response time and improved data availability, enabling efficient business problem detection and resolution;
* Quicker information access and comprehensive business intelligence, further freeing up business and IT resources an providing quicker time to value;
* The ability to provision real time information from the mainframe across the IT organization and also align the entire IT infrastructure, including the mainframe partitions and subsystems, with business objectives; and
* Reduced IT cost, improved ROI and business agility and release of more resources to support the business’s bottom line.
Mainframes provide a core component to many major enterprises delivering a secure, dependable, high volume processing platform for diverse workloads.
Although a well disciplined environment, understanding the sophistication of the mainframe, its powerful virtualisation capabilities and mapping the relationship of its components to the enterprise as a whole has largely been a manually intensive effort. BMC, as the leader in Business Service Management has simplified this process with the introduction of Topology Discovery Extensions for z/OS.
This offering improves productivity by allowing IT to concentrate on managing the service it provides rather than administering a service management solution.
As an enterprise-wide solution, BMC’s offering will also alleviate the imminent difficulty of application development and service delivery skill integration being compounded by "infrastructure silo" barriers between mainframe and non-mainframe teams.
Gartner expects most enterprises with large mainframe environments to grow these deployments through 2009. In so doing, they will need to address challenges related to architectural topology, skills and cost curves.
It also predicts that most large mainframe users will continue to grow their installed MIPS at a compound annual growth rate of between 15% and 20% through 2009.