InstallFree, 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.
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.
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.