Do you want smarter servers? IBM is here to help. Big Blue today announced a new line of products in autonomic computing, IBM's effort to develop self-managing, self-healing computing systems. The new tools include enhancements to the Tivoli systems management suite and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, which uses autonomic capabilities to track power consumption in data centers.
The new offerings build upon IBM's focus on autonomic computing, first announced in an October 2001 manifesto calling for better ways to automate complex computing environments. In the past six years, IBM said it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development and integrated autonomic capabilities into more than 100 products.
"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