Compuware Corp. and BMC Software are partnering to drive down the total cost of ownership (TCO) in the IBM Corp. mainframe market -- helping customers to run big data, mobile and other workloads in a more cost-effective manner.

The Compuware-BMC partnership focuses on IBM's zSeries mainframes. Customers pay IBM monthly license charges (MLC) to run key software packages on those mainframes. The hourly rate for those charges fluctuates based on consumption levels, workload size, timing and other variables. By working together, Compuware and BMC say they can help IBM customers to run mission-critical workloads during lower-cost windows, and/or eliminate "wasteful MSU consumption" -- basically optimizing workloads to run more efficiently.

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