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IBM releases autonomic blueprint

IBM has unveiled a blueprint to assist customers designing and building autonomic computing environments.

The blueprint includes a method for assembling technologies from different suppliers while endorsing an open process for automating the management of information systems.

It initiates the process of developing a common approach for architecting autonomic computing systems, and outlines structured control loops to monitor, analyse and react to changes within the IT environment. The loops collect data from the system, make decisions and adjust the system as needed.

Launched last year, autonomic computing has been described as a scenario where systems are self-managing, self optimising and reduce overall operational expenses.

IBM is also engaging developers with four technologies to help in building autonomic systems, the first of which is a log and trace tool for problem determination that will assist in tracking down the cause of a system problem.

The agent building and learning environment (ABLE) rules engine for complex analysis minimises the need for developing complex algorithms required for autonomic behaviour. Third, monitoring engine technology is designed to detect resource outages and potential problems before it can impact system performance or the end user experience.

And lastly, business workload management for heterogeneous environments, which uses the application resource measurement (ARM) standard, is designed to identify the causes of bottlenecks in the system through response time measurement and the reporting of transaction processing segments.

IBM said the blueprint is available free of charge.


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