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IBM Gives Tivoli Line the Autonomic Touch

IBM has unmasked new management software from its Tivoli line equipped with new self-managing features to help find and fix bugs in systems before they become network-wide problems.

Big Blue is holding court about the products in New Orleans this week during the IBM DeveloperWorks Live! 2003 event. With that backdrop, its autonomic computing initiative is clearly in the spotlight.

IBM said its new Tivoli Monitoring Engine software makes integrated environments easier to use, allowing developers and independent systems vendors to embed autonomic capabilities into their applications. Also, for those that want to ratchet up their defense against system outages, the new Tivoli Autonomic Monitoring Engine contains self-healing technology that allows systems to recover quickly from network issues, detecting resource outages and potential problems before they impact system performance.

This software engine is another aspect of IBM's new Autonomic Computing Blueprint for assisting customers as they begin to build autonomic computing systems. The template provides an architecture for helping businesses assemble technologies from disparate suppliers.

How does this work? In a practical use, an ISV might use the Tivoli Autonomic Monitoring Engine software to craft an application for an online retailer that automatically divvies up resources based on user priority. In the case of an outage or glitch, the engine would ensure that priority user needs would still be met, while holding non-premier users in queue until system resources are regained.

This helps companies be more proactive in dealing with problems. When the problem occurs and a system goes down, thousands or millions of dollars of business may be lost. IBM argues Tivoli Autonomic Monitoring software may help stave off such problems. IBM's autonomic software, like its overarching on-demand computing strategy, is geared to save time and money in a stifled economic market. Analysts and industry experts have been highly touting this approach to computing and competitors like Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and HP, to name a few, are following suit.

To help ISVs benefit from these self-healing features, IBM is also offering them a software developer kit (SDK) so they can begin using the Tivoli Autonomic Monitoring Engine to link their products to IBM Tivoli Monitoring and future autonomic products. Alexander LAN; Emageon; Retek; and TripWire have already indicated interest in the new software.

IBM also announced more upgrades to its Tivoli line Wednesday:

  • New support in IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager for Wise Solutions' Package Studio and InstallShield's AdminStudio to automate software installation across an enterprise
  • IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager for ATMs, which reduces streamlines maintenance upgrades and application monitoring Also, IBM agree to integrate ATM maker NCR's APTRA software with IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager for ATMs to provide remote software distribution and inventory management
  • IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.9 includes a new Web console that provides remote access anywhere, and requires no endpoint installation or maintenance.
  • IBM Tivoli Remote Control 3.8, which provides support across firewalls, includes enhanced central logging and full datastream encryption

Lastly, IBM added new self-managing capabilities for IBM Tivoli Storage Area Network Manager v1.2, IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager v1.2, and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.2.