Friday, December 03, 2004

IBM Updates Tools to Build Self-Healing Systems

IBM Updates Tools to Build Self-Healing Systems
Still spreading the word on its “self-healing” systems, IBM Corp. updated its toolkit aimed at developers who want to add such smarts to their own applications.

The company in late October announced Autonomic Computing Toolkit 2.0, which helps ISVs and corporate developers build applications that can diagnose and fix problems, such as poor performance or server failure, without human intervention.

The updated collection of tools lets developers build applications that manage themselves, instead of requiring IT administrators to intervene, said IBM’s program director for autonomic computing, Adel Fahmy.

New to the toolkit is support for Eclipse 3.0, as well as for the OS/400 and Solaris operating systems.

The previous version, 1.0, which was delivered in February, covered AIX, Linux and Windows.

Among the tools included in the kit is an autonomic management engine that allows developers to specify events, such as disk usage, that they want to monitor, said Fahmy. By building that capability into the application, when the application is deployed, it can determine, for example, that disk space is filling up and performance is slowing down.

Instead of forcing the IT administrator to pinpoint and fix the problem, the engine analyzes what types of files are being generated and eliminates those, such as old log files, that aren’t necessary. “The goal is to develop applications that are more resilient,” he said.

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