IBM has launched an autonomic computing organisation to provide hardware, software and services for self-managing systems for businesses.
The company also announced an autonomic deployment model outlining a staged approach to help customers plan for the creation of an autonomic IT environment.
IBM Storage Systems Group will next week announce autonomic features for its Shark enterprise storage server.
Bruce Hillsberg, director of software strategy and technology at the Storage Systems Group, told vnunet.com: "We have a team of executives that will work on autonomic computing.
"It will bring together related activities currently spread across the business units at [IBM]."
He explained that there are no separate autonomic products, but that the self-managing functions are attributes of existing software and hardware.
As such, staff are not being deployed into a new team, but the managing group will provide leadership and co-ordination.
Hillsberg said that the business units could contribute ideas, share techniques and avoid reinventing the wheel, with feedback used to make sure all the pieces fit together.
"It worked very well when we did a similar thing for e-business," he explained.
On the services side, IBM is to form the Global Services Resilient Business and Infrastructure Solutions Practice to assist customers in assessing business and technology resilience and improving it by using autonomic techniques.
The autonomic deployment model defines five levels of self-management for users' information systems: basic, managed, predictive, adaptive and fully autonomic.
At the basic level, systems administrators manage some elements of a system, setting it up, monitoring and enhancing it.
This is where many systems are already, making it the starting position for migration towards autonomic self-management.
The managed level uses system management technologies for collecting information from disparate systems to provide a consolidated view.
The predictive level uses the correlation between system elements to begin to recognise patterns, predict outcomes and recommend actions.
The adaptive level takes the predictions and automatically implements them in some form affecting the system.
But, according to IBM, the fully autonomic level is only reached when system operation is governed by business policies and objectives that automate actions, with users interacting only to monitor and alter objectives as needed.
Big Blue's Project eLiza, for making systems self-healing, is probably the best known of the company's autonomic developments to date.
However, all of IBM's storage products already include autonomic capabilities, including WebSphere Application Server and Tivoli.
The latter boasts no less than 26 products with autonomic capabilities within its system management portfolio.
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