Thursday, December 02, 2004

IBM improves on autonomic toolkit

IBM improves on autonomic toolkit
IBM has given its autonomic computing strategy a boost, unwrapping an enhanced version of a toolkit designed to help developers more quickly integrate a number of self-managing functions into their existing applications and services.

The new Autonomic Computing Toolkit 2.0 now contains embeddable components, usage scenarios and more detailed documentation. The new offering can work in concert with IBM's Software Development Platform, a collection of tools to help programmers integrate and extend applications for on demand corporate environments.

The ease-of-use qualities of the Automatic Management Engine (AME) have been improved and it now features broadened application support. The AME is responsible for monitoring and analysing events, and then planning the execution of corrective actions on a given computing resource. A new Eclipse plug in, called the Resource Model Builder, has been included that better allows programmers to customise the AME to handle events inside their products, a company spokesperson said.

Version 2.0 features support for the recently announced Eclipse 3.0 platform as well as tooling support on both Windows and Linux platforms. The product also supports run-time technologies on IBM's OS/400 operating system and Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system.

Interested corporate and third-party developers can download the toolkit at www.ibm.com/developerWorks/autonomic.

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