EMC acquires change management vendor

By Kevin Komiega

—EMC added another piece to its management software portfolio today with the announcement that it has acquired privately held Voyence, a maker of network configuration and change management software that automates change, compliance, and activation processes in the data center. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

At the core of Voyence's software is its flagship product, VoyenceControl—a network configuration and change management application based on a multi-tiered architecture that, according to EMC, can effectively manage tens of thousands of devices across multi-vendor network infrastructures.

The software employs the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) as a methodology for achieving visibility and control to ensure the reliability of IT-based business services. VoyenceControl provides a network change, configuration, and release management system to analyze network device security compliance and ensure device configurations are up to date.

The Voyence technology has already been integrated with EMC's Smarts software through an existing partnership between the two companies. The respective products work together by integrating network configuration change events detected by VoyenceControl into Smarts to resolve issues caused by misconfigurations. Smarts users can directly access VoyenceControl's configuration database and launch remediation procedures from the Smarts interface.

Chris Gahagan, senior vice president in EMC's Resource Management Software business unit, says the acquisition of Voyence will help build out EMC's management and monitoring technology. "EMC's cross-domain incident and problem management will be combined with Voyence's network change and configuration management to provide closed-loop orchestration, enabling customers to address the complexities associated with the intersection of problem and change management."

The Voyence team and technology will be integrated into EMC's Resource Management Software unit.

This article was originally published on October 30, 2007