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IBM Gets Autonomic With Self-Healing Software

IBM Tivoli announced its next wave of software that automatically finds and fixes problems.

Alan Ganek, IBM Tivoli Software chief technology officer and vice president of IBM Autonomic Computing, said in a prepared statement Friday that the release marked the beginning of an era of self-healing technology. IBM compares the self-healing software to the body's nervous system's ability to heal without conscious thought.

The software, which includes a monitoring tool, a composite application manger and automation for multiplatforms, can prevent Internet logjams, bring systems back online after power disruptions, and fix naturally occurring glitches in complex intertwined systems. The self-healing software prevents systems from slowing down and freezing before an online organization loses customer information.

IBM launched its autonomic computing initiative in 2001. It aims to simplify IT management and infrastructure by automating processes and building intelligence into systems. The company boasts the broadest portfolio of autonomic-enabled products, services and solutions in the industry, with more than 475 self-managing autonomic features in 75 distinct products.

The new software is also part of IBM's IT Service Management Initiative, which focuses on automating and integrating IT processes throughout an enterprise. It will be sold directly through IBM and its business partners.