IBM extends ‘Autonomic Computing’ strategy


IBM extends ‘Autonomic Computing’ strategy

Antony Savvas

IBM is reducing IT complexity with new products that support its ongoing "Autonomic Computing" strategy, to deliver self-managing, self-healing computing systems.

The latest products announced by IBM deliver operational intelligence from the datacentre to business leaders.

The new offerings give customers the ability to make better use of the intelligence that lies within their computing systems, to benefit strategy and planning, analysis, deployment of resources, operations and maintenance, said Big Blue.

IBM said the systems would help improve companies' management of energy consumption, assets and facilities, governance and risk, and finance and accounting.

These technologies and services support the original goals of Autonomic Computing to establish IT systems that regulate their own health and thereby support the business goals and policies of organisations.

In October 2001, IBM Research unveiled the IBM Autonomic Computing Manifesto to IT industry leaders.

This proposed a solution to the challenge of maintaining the increasingly complex computing environments that millions of businesses, billions of humans and trillions of devices rely on each day.

The aim was to build systems that regulate themselves much the same way the autonomic nervous system regulates and protects human bodies.

"This was and remains a grand industry challenge that IBM issued to both itself as well as other IT companies," said Alan Ganek, vice-president of Autonomic Computing and CTO of IBM Tivoli.

"The difficulty is not the machines themselves - the industry has brilliantly exceeded goals for computer performance and speed. The challenge is to create the open standards and new technologies needed for systems to interact effectively, to enact pre-determined business policies more effectively, and to be able to protect, heal and manage themselves with minimal dependence on human intervention."

IBM has already integrated autonomic capabilities into more than 500 features in more than 100 products and services, including "self-healing" features in its systems management software.

IBM's new and updated offerings support Autonomic Computing by increasing operational intelligence, improving IT testing, monitoring and performance, and helping to establish superior IT service management.

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