Agile Computing Authors: Kevin Benedict, Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Jim Kaskade, Lori MacVittie

News Feed Item

IBM Launches New Autonomic Offerings for Self-Managing IT Systems

Comprehensive Services, Software, Mark Program, and Industry Participation to Make Self-Managing IT Systems a Reality

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/30/05 -- IBM today announced new services, software, standards adoption, and a partner program to help enterprises design and implement self-managing autonomic computing environments that can yield a 30-50 percent time savings on IT tasks, according to IBM estimates. The new offerings will help clients of all sizes transform to on demand businesses by automating computing processes, making information technology systems more responsive to their needs.

A milestone in IBM's autonomic computing initiative, these new offerings will help companies manage complex systems by building and applying an architecture that moves them toward an autonomic environment. The new services from IBM Global Services will help organizations identify and remedy problems in their multi-vendor IT environments and create systems that automatically diagnose the root causes of problems, thereby reducing the cost of downtime. New IBM software and supporting standards will help developers and customers apply self-managing technology to complex systems. A new program provides clients and partners an easily recognizable technology mark for solutions with IBM self-managing components.

Since IBM introduced the concept of autonomic computing in 2001, the company has woven more than 475 autonomic features into 75 IBM products, making it the broadest portfolio of autonomic-enabled products, services and solutions in the industry. Many are designed to automate the process of locating infrastructure problems, which when done manually, can be very time consuming. IT analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates estimates that determining the cause of a problem can take up to 50-80 percent of an IT staff's time, while only 15-20 percent of their time is spent on actual repair.

"As autonomic problem determination tools and processes are implemented through the new services, enterprises have the ability to diagnose problems more quickly and often prevent more serious issues from arising, reducing downtime and the associated revenue losses," said Alan Ganek, IBM vice president of Autonomic Computing and chief technology officer, Tivoli software. "Additionally, the new software, standards adoption and partner program announced today promote collaboration by bringing together industry partners with the common goal of helping customers build automated IT environments to fully leverage their technology investments."

New Service Offerings for Autonomic Computing

Today IBM introduced two new IBM Global Services offerings to help customers adopt autonomic computing:

-- IBM Accelerator for Service Management for Problem Determination enables clients to combine, analyze and correlate event information across heterogeneous systems. This includes log adapters that can convert disparate log data into a common format, providing a single user interface for simplified, end-to-end viewing, analysis and correlation of the consolidated data. By putting IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology to work for customers, IBM can find and fix IT system breakdowns and outages faster by automating processes.

-- Dynamic Infrastructure for my SAP Business Suite provides a flexible solution that enhances clients' ability to share resources between different SAP applications, speed up the deployment of new SAP solutions, improve systems utilization and lower their total cost of ownership. This offering leverages IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, which includes self-managing autonomic technology.

These services are available in the U.S., Canada and Europe. To learn more about these services, visit www.ibm.com/services.

New Autonomic Software to Drive Down Cost and Improve Availability

IBM is also announcing new autonomic software in its Autonomic Computing Toolkit, an online resource where developers can rapidly deploy self-managing functions into their applications and services. Responding to developer feedback, the new autonomic software helps developers take self-managing technology to larger, more complex system applications. Developers can take advantage of Java coding in additional components for increased flexibility and additional filtering capabilities to speed up analysis and problem determination. By incorporating industry standards, the technology in the Toolkit supports heterogeneous applications.

Tens of thousands of developers have conducted downloads from IBM's Autonomic Computing Toolkit over the past year, getting the technology and tools they need to build IBM self-managing autonomic technology into their applications -- for installing, administering, debugging and resolving problems in systems. The new version of the Toolkit will be available in the third quarter.

Industry Participation in Standards

IBM is helping drive standards around autonomic computing by collaborating with standards organizations and industry leaders. IBM's Solution Installation specification will be considered by a newly formed workgroup in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) standards body called the Solution Deployment Descriptor (SDD) Technical Committee, which is developing a standardized method for expressing software installation characteristics required for lifecycle management in distributed, multi-platform environments. Also, the Common Base Event specification submitted by IBM was a critical input in the Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) standard recently ratified by OASIS. At this week's Global Grid Forum, IBM and HP conducted a joint demonstration featuring product interoperability with WSDM.

Customers and partners are already using the Common Base Event format and Solution Installation and Deployment autonomic technology, demonstrating the benefit of standardization around autonomic computing. For example, Macrovision incorporated IBM's Solution Installation and Deployment technology in its recently announced FLEXnet Publisher Installation Module product. Using this offering, technology company SAS, has the ability to automatically maintain, install, configure and manage software more effectively and expects a significant reduction in IT management costs.

IBM's self-managing autonomic software and supporting standards are critical elements in delivering Tivoli's IT Service Management strategy, which is focused on automating and integrating IT processes throughout an enterprise.

To download the Autonomic Computing Toolkit, or get more information, visit www.ibm.com/developerworks/autonomic.

Program Helps Clients Identify Products that Deliver Improved Manageability

IBM is helping its business partners ramp up adoption of autonomic computing with a new program, the IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology Mark Program, which has already drawn participation by Corente, Macrovision Corporation, nLayers Inc., and Singlestep Technologies. The program enables qualified independent software vendors to include the IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology mark on their product packaging and marketing materials. Clients can recognize partner products that will help them adopt a more self-managing environment while enabling Business Partners to leverage the strength of the IBM brand. This offering is an extension of IBM's Technology Mark Program.

According to Andrew Cunningham, Head of Shared Infrastructure, Reuters, "This assures us the product will fit smoothly and seamlessly into Reuters' plans for a more self-managing IT environment ensuring the service quality and availability of our own solutions and thus help give us a competitive edge in the market place."

For more information about the IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology Mark Program visit www.ibm.com/isv/tech/validation/autonomic.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com.

IBM and IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Hannah Unkefer
IBM Media Relations
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Coalfire will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Coalfire is the trusted leader in cybersecurity risk management and compliance services. Coalfire integrates advisory and technical assessments and recommendations to the corporate directors, executives, boards, and IT organizations for global brands and organizations in the technology, cloud, health...
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Transparent Cloud Computing (T-Cloud) Consortium will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data proces...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
In the next forty months – just over three years – businesses will undergo extraordinary changes. The exponential growth of digitization and machine learning will see a step function change in how businesses create value, satisfy customers, and outperform their competition. In the next forty months companies will take the actions that will see them get to the next level of the game called Capitalism. Or they won’t – game over. The winners of today and tomorrow think differently, follow different...
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...