BMC Helix Availability policy

BMC commits to a specific service level agreement (SLA) for the availability of its services, with penalties if the agreement is breached. Unless otherwise stated in your subscription agreement, your availability SLA is 99.9%.

BMC uses its own technologies such as BMC TrueSight Operations Management to monitor your environments and provides monthly availability reports. Availability is a percentage of total service time, such as 99.95 percent, and is calculated by using the following formula:

Availability = (Service Time – Excluded Downtime – Non-excluded Downtime) x 100
                                                 (Service Time – Excluded Downtime)

The values in the formula are defined as follows:

  • Service Time: total minutes for a particular calendar month
  • Excluded Downtime: all downtime that is scheduled or mutually agreed-upon for the purpose of performing routine, non-emergency, or emergency maintenance on the services (this includes rolling restarts required on the servers that may temporarily affect user sessions or require the user to re-login), or that occurs on non-production systems. Excluded Downtime also includes downtime that is caused by factors outside the reasonable control of BMC, including, but not limited to, customer-managed performance or automated functional testing.
  • Non-excluded Downtime: all downtime that is not Excluded Downtime


For the month of June, the service time is 720 hours (43,200 minutes). During that month there were 2 hours (120 minutes) of planned maintenance performed on the service. There was an additional 20 minutes of unplanned downtime that was not due to any of the factors listed in Excluded Downtime.

Availability is calculated as follows:

Availability = (43200 – 120 – 20) x 100 = 99.95%
                                  (43200 – 120)

In this example, the service level was met.

In the case of unscheduled production downtime on a core component (as defined below), BMC provides a Root Cause Analysis document as described in the BMC Helix Incident Response policy.

In the event of any production downtime (scheduled or unscheduled), the customer will be notified as defined in the BMC Helix Notification policy.

Core component definition 

The BMC Helix Availability policy applies to the following core components:

  • BMC Helix ITSM applications, including Smart IT
  • BMC Helix Digital Workplace applications*
  • BMC Helix Business Workflows
  • BMC-owned Custom Applications offerings
  • BMC Helix Virtual Agent applications
  • BMC Helix Cognitive applications
  • BMC Helix Multi-Cloud Broker
  • BMC Helix iPaaS
  • BMC Helix Premium Connector service
  • Outbound email system*
  • BMC Helix Cloud Cost offering
  • BMC Helix Cloud Security offering
  • BMC Helix Client Management service
  • BMC Helix Discovery service
  • BMC Helix Continuous Optimization services
  • BMC Helix Automation Console offering
  • BMC Helix Operations Management services


You are eligible for service credits in the event BMC does not meet the SLA. Credits for the unavailability of a core component are based on the value of the affected subscription service or services purchased.

Downtime calculations do not necessarily include the sum of all component outages, for example, if BMC Helix Digital Workplace, BMC Helix ITSM, and outbound emails are all confirmed outages at the same time, outage minutes that overlap are not double counted in the system availability calculation.

*Components flagged with an asterisk above will be eligible for service credits only for the subscription service(s) they are part of, for example, the unavailability of Digital Workplace as part of BMC Helix ITSM will entitle you to credits based on the value of the BMC Helix ITSM service. See Requesting a service credit for more information.

Downtime definition by functionality 

The BMC availability policy defines downtime as any of the following unscheduled events:

  • A Total Outage is defined as a full downtime of any core component listed above in Production environments, as indicated by BMC monitoring tools
  • Inability to login and perform work within a core component for the majority of the user population for that component
  • Performance of a core component is impaired to the point of being non-usable and where the issue is deemed to be within the direct control of BMC and a workaround is not available

The following list outlines other functional areas that would classify as sub-component downtime in the case of an unscheduled unavailability event:

  • Inbound email processing
  • In-application reporting functionality, including Smart Reporting


    Select customers approved by BMC will keep the BMC Helix Innovation Studio - Reporting User service up to April 2023

  • Chat functionality
  • Notification engine processing
  • Approval engine processing
  • Assignment Engine processing
  • Atrium Integrator data import execution
  • VPN or BMC Helix Client Gateway
  • File transfer processing


Sub-component downtime is not eligible for service credits.  Full unscheduled unavailability in a Production environment will be treated as a severity 1a incident.  Partial unscheduled unavailability in a Production environment will be treated as a severity 1 incident.

Customer customizations causing downtime

The following issues are also considered Excluded Downtime:

  • Any issue caused anywhere in the application based on customer customizations
  • Any issue caused anywhere in the application based on customer integrations 

Requesting a service credit 

To receive a service credit, you must submit a request by sending an e-mail message to To be eligible, the credit request must:

  1. Include our support contract ID in the subject of the e-mail message
  2. Include the dates and times of each incident of Non-excluded Downtime that you claim to have experienced in the body of the e-mail
  3. If available, include your server request logs that document the Non-excluded Downtime (any confidential or sensitive information in these logs should be removed or replaced with asterisks)
  4. Be received by BMC within 30 days after the end of the month in which the downtime occurred.

Consult your subscription agreement for any additional SLA terms.

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  1. Roland Brã¼gger

    My questions: "BMC ... and provides monthly availability reports."

    • how will these availability reports be delivered? by email or is there a kind of dashboard within BMC Helix)?
    • format of those reports (csv, pdf,  ...) ?

    Thanks,  Roland

    Dec 17, 2020 04:01
    1. Martha Mulvaney

      Roland, availability numbers are provided in a monthly status report by the BRM, and are also accessible via the support portal in the form of a graph. See below for an example. The data can be downloaded from the portal in .png, .pdf or .csv format.

      Dec 17, 2020 03:58
      1. Roland Brã¼gger

        Thanks Martha, great news.

        Dec 20, 2020 11:21
  2. Melissa McGovern

    Is Smart Reporting calculated as part of the Helix ITSM Solution and if so, will it be reflected on the support portal and reports if Smart Reporting becomes unavailable?

    Jun 09, 2022 08:06
    1. Dhanya Menon

      Hello Melissa,

      Smart Reporting is a part of the BMC Helix ITSM application components, which has reached end-of-life in April 2022 and is no longer offered to new BMC Helix ITSM customers. The BMC Helix Dashboards and appropriate customer interfaces will be updated once Smart Reporting has been fully deprecated/unavailable for our legacy customers. 



      Jun 29, 2022 03:25