By Richard Murch

IT operations charges are accelerating, and today'sincreasingly advanced architectures and allotted computinginfrastructures in basic terms make issues worse. the answer: autonomiccomputing. Autonomic platforms are self-configuring, self-healing,self-optimizing, and self-protecting. They function intelligently anddynamically, performing on your guidelines and repair requisites. This bookpresents every little thing IT leaders and executives want to know to arrange forautonomic computing - and to start leveraging its benefits.Coverage includes:* How autonomic computing can decrease bills, enhance servicelevels, increase agility, simplify administration, and support convey the "ondemand" enterprise* the main components and attributes of autonomiccomputing platforms* present autonomic applied sciences from IBM andmany different best providers* Autonomic computing architectures, open criteria, improvement instruments, and enablers* Implementation issues, together with a brand new assessmentmethodology* the way forward for autonomic computing: businessopportunities and study demanding situations"

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The effect on the company was dramatic and can be seen by its performance—for example, at the 2001 shareholders meeting IBM presented the following results: • IBM had record earnings and revenue. 6 billion in capital expenditures, and half a billion dollars on strategic acquisitions. 7 billion of common stock. S. patent awards for the eighth straight year. • IBM had $85 billion in services backlog, which is basically future revenue already under contract. Complexity was an issue at IBM as far back as the 1960's.

But when Part 1: AUTONOMIC BEGINNINGS 37 38 Part 1: AUTONOMIC BEGINNINGS organizations provide the tools to conduct business in a simpler fashion, there is always recognition that a substantial event has occurred. Below is a set of eight general rules that define a process for reducing complexity in business. 1. Management must support the initiative. This is an obvious rule, but senior management must support and provide adequate resources, personnel, and time to make the project a success. Complexity reduction is a new process that may be unfamiliar to management.

Automatic Database Backup This is an autonomic feature for backing up data automatically. Again, DB2 creates a policy that describes the requirements needed to back up the database(s). • The policy defines the following: ♦ Backup location. ♦ Criteria for determining when a backup is required. ♦ Maximum time between backups. ♦ Maximum log space used between backups. • Automatic backup runs online if in archive logging mode, offline if in circular logging mode. • Health indicator alerts if manual backup is required.

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