IBM Unveils New Autonomic Computing Deployment Model

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Armonk, NY - 21 Oct 2002: IBM today announced a new autonomic deployment model that outlines a staged approach for helping customers chart a course toward establishing an autonomic IT environment. Autonomic Computing is a comprehensive approach to build more automated IT infrastructures that require minimal intervention.

This model will be used by software engineers and global services consultants to help guide customers through the stages of developing an autonomic infrastructure.

"In an effort to help our customers develop an autonomic infrastructure, IBM has developed a staged approach to plan and measure their progress," said Alan Ganek, vice president, IBM Autonomic Computing. "This high-level framing is essential to mapping the progression of true autonomic functionality, and to help information systems work together in a way to better manage themselves."

The new autonomic deployment model defines five levels of increasingly sophisticated self-governance for customers' information systems. IBM is delivering hardware, software and services to help customers enhance the self-management capabilities of their computing systems to reach these levels, thereby reducing the cost of ownership and improving availability of the entire IT environment.
IBM has defined a new information technology (IT) framework for Autonomic Computing to serve as a roadmap for guiding customers through the adoption of autonomic technology and to act as a basis for working with industry leaders to ensure a complete set of open standards are in place to address these needs.

Autonomic Computing Framework
Basic, Managed, Predictive, Adaptive, Autonomic

This evolutionary path to autonomic computing is represented by five levels, starting from basic, through managed, predictive, adaptive and finally to autonomic.

Cisco Systems, Inc. also understands customers' requirement for increased intelligence and self-management throughout network infrastructures.

"The primary business imperatives for enterprises today include driving down the total cost of ownership of their infrastructure while increasing user productivity," said Gregory Akers, senior vice president and CTO, Services,Cisco Systems, Inc. "The trend toward converged networks means that integrating business resiliency into the infrastructure is also critical. Autonomic computing solutions that provide self-managing capabilities are key toward achieving these goals."

Collectively, these intuitive and collaborative qualities enable enterprises to operate more efficiently with fewer human resources, decreasing costs and enhancing a company's ability to enact and react to change.

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