IBM announced yesterday that it had completed its acquisition of automated systems management firm Think Dynamics. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
According to IBM, Think Dynamics' software will become a critical element in its e-business on-demand strategy by providing automated systems management offerings, which it dubs "orchestrated provisioning".
Based on autonomic technology, orchestrated provisioning obtains real-time feedback on the state of the IT environment.
It checks the status against business policies, and makes changes by dynamically reallocating a broad variety of computing resources including servers, middleware, applications, storage and network interfaces.
The software supports the provisioning of multiple platforms like Linux, Unix or Windows, and enables the provisioning of new systems and re-provisioning of existing IT resources.
"Think Dynamics' product family is unique in the industry in that it is based on key standards, such as web services and Open Grid Services Architecture," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager IBM e-business on demand.
"This allows customers to automatically and dynamically provision resources based on the unique policies and processes of their business."
IBM claimed that this changes the business response from 'just in case' provisioning, where expensive resources such as back-up systems sit idle 'just in case' they are needed, to 'on demand' provisioning, in which resources that support lower priority work can be dynamically re-allocated to meet the needs of higher priority work.
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