BMC Software is to purchase BladeLogic, a maker of data centre automation software. BladeLogic's board of directors has unanimously recommended that the company's stockholders accept BMC's offer, which will occur within the next 10 days.

BMC said the pending purchase, valued at $800m (£398) would fit into its "business service management" portfolio. The two companies have already worked together to integrate their products, according to BMC. The company said that BladeLogic was "the fastest growing company in the fastest growing segment of IT management software".

This would be the latest in a string of recent acquisitions by BMC, which include ProActiveNet, maker of an IT "early warning system," and RealOps, a company specialising in runbook automation software.