Autonomic Computing Resource Center – IBM

1 July, 2005 at 01:27 Leave a comment

Release 2 of the IBM Autonomic Computing Toolkit is a collection of technologies, tools, scenarios, and documentation that is designed for users wanting to learn, adapt, and develop autonomic behavior in their products and systems. These tools, technologies, and scenarios can be grouped into three main categories: problem determination, solution installation and deployment, and integrated solutions console. You can download scenarios that show how these technologies can be used in realistic situations.

Where do I start? See what the Intel Technology Journal has to say about the substantial amount of autonomic technology found in the IBM Autonomic Computing Toolkit, and how it enables practical implementation of autonomic functions, in their article. Towards an Autonomic Framework: Self-Configuring Network Services and Developing Autonomic Applications.

Problem determination:
It is easiest to understand the problem determination tools and technologies in the context of the Problem Determination scenario. The Problem Determination scenario represents a simple self-managing system that uses an intelligent control loop to collect system information, analyze it, plan appropriate responses, and then make necessary adjustments to resolve problems. This scenario exposes the specific technologies that make up a realistic self-healing system, and demonstrates how they work together. Examining this scenario will establish the fundamentals to allow you to begin creating your own self-healing systems. For more detailed information on the scenario, see the Problem Determination Log/Trace Scenario Guide.

Solution installation and deployment:
To begin to understand the Solution Installation and Deployment architecture, we’ve created a set of scenarios that demonstrate the self-configuring aspect of autonomic computing. These scenarios focus on different implementations of the architecture –

  • Solution Installation and Deployment Samples scenario
  • Solution Installation and Deployment InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation (ISSI) scenario
  • Solution Installation and Deployment InstallAnywhere scenario

The Samples scenario is a teaching tool, introducing the core components that make up the Solution Installation and Deployment architecture, and then relating them together to illustrate the benefits of the architecture.
In contrast, the ISSI and InstallAnywhere scenarios show you how you can package your own software solutions using these technologies. Both scenarios perform the same installation, but use different install engines from two IBM partners; InstallShield and Zero G. For more detailed information on the scenarios, see the Solution Installation and Deployment Scenario Guide .

Integrated Solutions Console:
The Integrated Solutions Console is used to build effective common systems administration capabilities. The Integrated Solutions Console provides the infrastructure to help consolidate the user interface in a heterogeneous IT environment. This consolidation can help develop more effective managed systems. The Integrated Solutions Console is demonstrated in the Problem Determination Scenario and in the Solution Installation and Deployments Samples Scenario.

How do I become an autonomic computing business partner?
After you download and try out the tools and technologies in the Autonomic Computing Toolkit, you might be interested in using the Toolkit technologies in your own products. If so, we’d like to tell you about our business partner program.


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