Industry Solutions and Tivoli
I visited the Open last week and was served more rain than tennis but that meant more time spent studying the on-site IT infastructure which is the biggest grand slam going on - if you are into the geekier side of tennis anyways....
Maximum performance at the US Tennis Open is exactly what IBM is all about. Every tennis web site surfer can rely on every IBM web site server to collect all the data from all of the matches and display it fast. To help everyone get the information they are looking for this year, you can count on the fact that the deployment of new virtualization and autonomic computing solutions delivers results that are more scalable and available than ever.
For this year, IBM worked to consolidate the USTA’s existing infrastructure from 60 servers down to just 9 servers. To meet peak site traffic, geographically dispersed server farms can be virtualized as one. Virtualization enables improved use of IT, information and staff by treating resources as a single pool; this helps provide more efficient access and management of resources by effect and need rather than physical location.
IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, used for application and system provisioning, is yet another way autonomic computing lowers cost, and delivers ace after ace.[Read More]
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Last year I got together with Rick Sturm, President of Enterprise Management Associates and Jason Losh, Software Manager of Installation Technologies at SAS Institute, Inc. for the first Autonomic Computing TechWebcast entitled: Autonomic Computing Revealed: An Industry Perspective, out of the Information Week studios in downtown Manhattan where Little Italy and Chinatown converge. It was a great open forum discussion with the most callins for any webcast ever done from this studio. (and an opportunity for Chinese Duck take-out!)
We will be continuing the series this year on August 31st at 11AM PT / 2PM ET featuring: Ric Telford, Vice President, Architecture and Development, Autonomic Computing; George Pace, Systems Architect, Prudential; Julie Craig, Senior Analyst, EMA.
In this live webcast you will hear about the industry wide approach, based on self-managing autonomic technology, to addressing the most critical "problem determination" issues. Join us![Read More]
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We have a new series to help you get started with specifications and standards that affect autonomic computing features.
href="http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/autonomic/library/ac-mts1.html"> Meet the specs: SML models complex IT systems provides an overview on the Service Modeling Language, a way to model configuration, monitoring, policy, health, capacity planning, and SLA tasks in complex systems and provide automation for some management operations.
In addition to improving the organization, navigation, and IBM.com web standards compliance, you will find the following new content:
- About Autonomic Computing/Integration section describing how AC integrates with ITSM
- About Autonomic Computing/Get Started section
- What we offer section with our Problem Determination content, Software & Hardware offerings, and AC Tools
- Industry standards section featuring WSDM, SDD, and Open Source
- Enhanced AC Business Partner section
- Events section
- Innovation section with information on our involvement with University Programs
Let me know what you think about our
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In our continuing quest to drive industry standardization that will enable the creation of self-managing systems and reduce cost, we have just announced a standardized way for computing resources to talk to each other, that will reduce the operating cost of data centers. The initiative calls for the creation of an XML-based standard, called Service Modeling Language (SML.)The companies involved--BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems--published a draft SML specification on Monday and pledged to support it in the future.
For more information see Microsoft, IBM Inject Life Into IT Management by Clint Boulton for quotes from Microsoft and IBM.[Read More]
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The US government is now looking to fund the development of huge supercomputers with petascale performance(quadrillions of calculations per second), according to an article in the July 3 issue of Computerworld. To put this in some perspective, only one system(yes, IBM) in the Top500 supercomputer list today has surpassed 100 teraflops(tera(one trillion) FLoating point OPerations per Second) Some believe that the human brain is capable of processing as many as 100 teraflops (possibly true for my daughter but not me!) Achieving a higher level of magnitude (1,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second) not only dramatically surpasses the human brain it is also.. well, umm... really fast!
IBM Blue Gene/L is the fastest computer today. To effectively harness speed you have to harness complexity. We are working with customer NIWS, Co. Ltd. , and their state of the art Blue Gene implementation to manage complexity. In fact, NIWS Co., Ltd is saving significant time in their configure evaluation environment with IBM’s Self-Managing Autonomic Technologies in Grid/Autonomic Computing Center. For more on NIWS and autonomic collaboration see our website http://www.ibm.com/autonomic/ and look at success stories![Read More]
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It's official! Roger Federer is the Wimbledon champion for the fourth year in a row beating Nadal here in England after losing to him on the clay courts of France last month.
Federer(born August 8, 1981) began playing tennis when he was eight. Federer's last year in the Junior circuits was in 1998 when he won the Wimbledon Juniors title and finished the year as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion. In 1999, he debuted for the Swiss Davis Cup team.
Tennis rackets are not the only thing Roger raises:
The Roger Federer Foundation was established in December 2003 whose goals included funding projects that benefit disadvantaged children, primarily in South Africa. In January 2005, he encouraged efforts from tennis players for the people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to raise funds for UNICEF's relief operations.[Read More]
Well Mauresmo has done it! She has won the Wimbledon title. Asked what she would savour from the final, Mauresmo replied her serves in the final match. "Two aces on key moments...,today I was able really to come up with probably my best service games in the last set." That strong finish delivered the Wimbledon title was finally hers. When Henin-Hardenne netted on Championship point, Mauresmo fell down in joy.
Tomorrow The man who stands between Federer and a fourth title is Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal. The 2006 final on the grass of Wimbledon could be just the place for Federer to pull Nadal’s lead back a little.“It's different going into a match like this when you know it's on Center Court in Wimbledon. It's different than going into, you know, the French Open final, because there it's on clay, it's his favourite surface. This is my favourite surface." said Federer. One thing is certain, this will be a great final.
Wimbledon is unique. It is both a private members' club and a cutting-edge global event. When you walk thru the gates of Wimbledon you feel like you are stepping back into time. When you look at the technology supporting the event you feel like you are stepping into the future. By working with IBM throughout the year, Wimbledon ensures continual improvements, with products like Tivoli and self-managing technolgies, to the service it offers its stakeholders. It is through this commitment to constant improvement that Wimbledon remains the players' number one choice and delivers a game that is hard to beat!
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New to the developerWorks Autonomic Computing zone: Discover how Eclipse supports workflows for the development and integration of touchpoints and learn how to provide a touchpoint-based platform for arbitrary managed resource management. The third tutorial in a series on AIDE. "Hit the ground running with AIDE: Touchpoint and managed resource integration"[Read More]
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That was the caption in the Daily Telegraph following day 8 of
We also held our own exposition earlier in the day , revealing all of
The fastest tennis service according to
So Andy Murray(UK) was, in his own words," obviously pretty chuffed " yesterday having just beat Roddick on day 6 of Wimbledon. The lesson here is that server speed isn't everything, it is also about performance optimization. (hey - just like the value autonomic computing provides!)
IBM is also 'obviously pretty chuffed' too about having worked for the past 17 consecutive years to create an annual state-of-the-art Web site that gives tennis fans around the globe a “virtual seat” at the tournament. IBM provides a flexible, cross-platform infrastructure, powered by self-managing autonomic technology, that scales up to handle hundreds of times the normal All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) traffic, and then scales down when the tournament is over.
The wimbledon website provides realtime scores in traditional HTML format without refreshing the whole page and an On Demand Scoreboard, a downloadable, application that “pushes” scoring information to users. This application provides statistics on the live matches, and a view of current scores on all courts. New for 2006, an updated PointTracker feature which offers animated 3D graphics of each shot hit during a point for selected singles matches.
IBM provides a Cisco wireless LAN Solution using Cisco Aironet 1200 Access Points using 802.11g technology to handle the expected increase in traffic not only from members and players but the media for example, wireless hotspots in the photographers' pit enable relay of photos using file transfer protocol (FTP) in seconds. The 'Pocket Wimbledon' solution provides access to a wide range of content from the Wimbledon intranet to mobile users via Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). Wimbledon also uses an automated retail system, provided by IBM Retail Store Solutions and a Real Time Identification (RTID) application is used at perimeter gates. Some interesting facts:
SW19 is not only where you will find Wimbledon and the AELTC but also where you will find us serving up some of the fastest and most reliable technology on the planet to our customers this week.
*IBM provides a courtside radar system which displays the serve speed on the IBM courtside display and sends the serve speed and directional data to the IBM scoring system.[Read More]
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Celebration of birthdays is often spent recognizing achievements and milestones - especially the first 'double digit' birthday (as my daughter once described it.) In 1996, the W3C(World Wide Web Consortium) 'gave birth' to what is now known as The Extensible Markup Language (XML) which has truly been a great achievement for our industry. Based on open standards, XML ensures that data will survive migration of applications and platforms. The ability to describe the structure of data, independent of the processing software, enables interoperability between heterogeneous systems. It is one of the basic tools today for end-to-end integration in distributed systems and thus the preferred tool for expressing the many schemas that have been submitted to standards bodies for Autonomic Computing!
One example is the common base event, known now as WEF or the WSDM Event Format, capable of capturing the required data from any event from any platform or any level of the IT stack enabling an end-to-end view of any transaction in today's most distributed and complex IT infrastructures - another first for the industry! Or how about the Solution Deployment Descriptor (SDD) capable of capturing any dependency from any software instance, from any platform, for deployment and life cycle management. Yet another first! Of course you can read about these and many other self-managing autonomic enabling XML schemas on our AC web site and you can read about XML's birthday in the April/June Issue of the IBM Systems Journal .[Read More]
It is Saturday, June 17, and I am back on the plane leaving an unusually sunny Ireland and the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing. The list of particpants was really impressive and a testament to the fast growing wide recognition of the importance of Autonomic Computing. The greater research community of the world's leading IT companies came together at UCD (University College at Dublin) along with prominent universities from around the globe to share the latest findings on self-managing systems. The IBM AC team was there to share recent advances on WSDM(Web Services Distributed Management) and WSDM enabling tooling and self-healing technologies. Other high points: Fujitsu demonstrated ground-breaking WSDM enabled interoperability between Fujitsu and IBM; and Enigmatic, an AC business partner, demonstrated new AC based ideas on how to better manage the world's stock markets! I spoke to ENN News Ireland who published this linked story while I was there.
Yesterday The IEEE International Conference on Self-Managed Systems also held their 2nd annual meeting at UCD in the school of veterinary science. I presented how we are eating our own 'dogfood' (haha) by using self-managing technologies within IBM as well as customer adoption successes. I also participated in a panel along with Cisco, British Telecom, and Ericsson on the state of the industry and outlook for self-managed networks.
We used the opportunity the conference prrovided to announce IBM's new contribution of WSDM-based code to the Apache Open Source Foundation to help advance adoption of data center automation by customers. The code provides a framework for building WSDM interfaces, making it easier for businesses to incorporate the standard into their systems. The code helps integrate management applications so they can automatically find and fix problems in their IT infrastructure, such as frozen applications and system bottlenecks. See eWeek article by Paula Musich of eWeek IBM Releases Autonomic Software to Open Source.[Read More]
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I am here in Paris this week for the French tennis open- Roland Garros, to demonstrated how self managing autonomic technologies can help the ever increasing IT demands of the grand slams. So, why is the French open called Roland Garros? Roland Garros (October 6, 1888 – October 5, 1918) was an early French aviator and a fighter aircraft pilot during World War I. In 1913 he gained fame for making the first nonstop flight across the Mediterranean Sea. In the 1920s, a tennis centre was named after the pilot, Stade de Roland Garros and today the stadium accommodates the French Open. Voila !
Roland Garros pioneered ways to make early planes better. Our goal with Roland Garros is not just to do it better but to do it differently, embracing fresh ideas to offer more function for the benefit of the players like venus williams (note the IBM radar serve speed of 158 top right) and the fans of tennis.
Sixty servers have been consolidated to nine p5 550 geographically dispersed servers with new POWER5 technology that are virtualised and used to handle the massive increase in web site visitors at tournament time.
IBM Tivoli Software provides extensive application and hardware platform monitoring for the entire Infrastructure. Real-Time Vital Statistics leverages IBM Tivoli Monitoring v6.1 and Tivoli Enterprise Console v3.9 that monitors the Flash scoreboards data feeds. The customizable Tivoli Enterprise Portal is used to create a console view and Tivoli Omegamon XE for Messaging v6.0 monitors the publish/subscribe server which provides data to the scoreboards.
We have created a robust infrastructure to support the peak demand of the two week tournament without the expense of a year round infrastructure including the following features: fewer servers (easier to administer) consolidated view of vital statistics gathered from multiple system sources, customized views to meet needs of individual roles (network, security, management, etc.), dynamic allocation of systems resources, with multiple operating environments and applications on the same physical hardware.
The benefits are impressive: Visits to the web site have grown by over 130% while the cost per/visit has been reduced by over 70%, Users have increased by over 100% while the cost/user has been reduced by over 70%, and the annual hosting costs have been reduced by over 35%.
IBM is the official IT partner to the world's premier tournaments - the Australian Open held in Melbourne in January, Wimbledon in the UK staged in June and July, the US Open in New York which happens in August, and the Roland Garros contest in France. My favorite French players this week? Grosjean and Mauresmo(but of course!) MY favorite website this week - rolandgarros.com[Read More]
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The Autonomic Zone is the best single source for development tips for Autonomic Computing.
New to the developerWorks Autonomic Computing zone, May 2: Marcelo Perazolo introduces a standard taxonomy of autonomic computing symptoms to help identify situation categories in Symptoms deep dive, Part 3: Classify your symptoms.
Coming soon: AIDE tutorial, Part 2: Building a "real-world" touchpoint and Common Base Event best practices: Properties and elements, an at-a-glance guide[Read More]
The AC mission to reduce complexity and create the ability to build self-managing systems just took a major step forward. IBM, together with BMC, HP, Fujitsu, and CA announced that they will be working to develop a specification for a standards proposal for the federation of CMDBs.
As you may know, a CMDB (Configuration Management Database) is a repository that captures the interrelationships and history of changes across all components of the environment, ranging from incidents and problems, to changes, to information about the system users. The plan for working together on this specification is motivated primarily by the customers’ need to implement IT processes in an environment with multiple and often overlapping data sources and tools. Tools will achieve ITIL-like CMDB function by adding management processes (e.g., Identify Configuration Items, Audit Configuration Items) that operate on the data in the federated CMDB. So the capability for customers to implement a virtual CMDB is critical for them to be able to move their IT infrastructure toward a more AUTONOMIC, self-healing environment.
How significant is this? Important enough to bring major IT industry players, competitors in many ways, together in another critical autonomic standards initiative to address the issue of reducing complexity in the customer environment. It's great to see that itSMF - a well-known international organization working hand-in-hand with ITIL to promote best industry best practices in the service management arena - is stongly endorsing this effort as well.[Read More]
Talking about innovation in 2006 really captures IBM's transformation over the last four years. This includes becoming a leader in the open movement, investing heavily in technologies, products and services to enable more open, integrated, and flexible computing. (Autonomic Computing is a fine example :) Innovation is now a top business priorty for customers. IBM is ideally qualified to be the innovation partner.
So with all this talk about innovation is on demand being abandoned? Quite the contrary! It is still a foundational initiative...in fact it has been so successful that everyone is using this term, even my cable TV is 'on demand' now!
On demand resonates. It makes sense. (I personally appreciate the consumer based industry picking up on and providing on demand services...what I want, when I want, how I want... Ahhh....makes me feel very czarish...)
So how does innovation relate to on demand? Helping companies become on demand enterprises is fundamental to innovation (ie: becoming more efficient and effective. ) In fact, on demand enables companies to unlock innovation across multiple dimenstions of their business. Innovation is the 'why' and on demand business in the 'how' - the means by which people will innovate across their companies.
Adopting IBM's more comprehensive view of innovation requires the know how to implement and operate a more innovative business process, how to manage a more innovative business model... The answer is to become an on demand business. ie: integrate technology with new business designs with a more flexible, responsive, and open, standards-based infrastructure. Integrating business processes end-to-end within the company and with the companies partners and supply chain is what becoming on demand is all about and creates the best possible foundation to drive innovation and competitive edge. The kind of innovation that drives success.
Autonomic Computing remains dedicated to this end.[Read More]
As thousands descended into the Mandalay events center for the official kickoff of PartnerWorld, the lights dimmed and drum beats began to blast out of the massive sound stage. More drums descended from the ceiling as a group of performers jumped up on stage with drumsticks to the crescendo.
IBM partners surpassed last year's goals with IBM reaching an all time high. Like the ascending drum beat, the partner community continues to rise to the challenge, beating each new goal, demonstrating why the model of innovating, collaborating, and growing with business partners makes so much sense.
This has proved equally true with the autonomic business partner program. Last night, at the PartnerWorld autonomic computing reception, we had the honor of presenting the 2005 autonomic computing partner of the year award to SAS . Collaborating with SAS on standards based self-configuring and self-optimizing technologies from IBM and Macrovision has been invaluable to the advancement of AC industry initiative. SAS has been one of the strongest advocates of autonomic computing, participating in industry webcasts and IT conferences to tell the story of how autonomic computing is working to lower cost and competitively differentiate SAS while delivering real value to SAS customers.
On hand to congratulate SAS was last year's winner of the autonomic partner of the year: Singlestep. Many other partners attended including: Cisco, Siebel, Micromuse, Presidio, Agilysis, Corente, Network Physics, Solid,and Icaro technologies out of Brazil. Al Zollar, GM of Tivoli, was also on hand to meet with partners at the reception.
Congratulations SAS! Well done![Read More]
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With 1 day left before the beginning of Partnerworld Lino Donati shares his thoughts on the autonomic village.
Lino, What do you think about the AC village and what do you hope to demonstrate?
The AC village is an excellent idea. It is often difficult to demonstrate how autonomics work behind the scenes to ensure smooth IT operations in a presentation. The village allows IBM AC partners to demonstrate their products' capabilities in a more visible and compelling manner.
And how does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Corente's AWB autonomic capabilities were designed into the basic architecture from the start. One of the design goals of the product was to allow businesses to spend less time and money configuring, managing and changing their wide-area networks - particularly in cases when they need to create secure, monitored application connections with business partners and companies in their value chain. The ability to seamlessly provide automatic failover to backup datacenters, networks, service providers, gateways or application servers is one of the autonomic capabilities that differentiates us from most networking vendors.
Great Lino! See you at the village![Read More]
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With only a few days left before the official start of Partnerworld, Scot French and Aimee Pierce from Singlestep(another co-founder and member of the AC village) add their perspective on the autonomic village.
So Aimee and Scot, what do you think about the idea of an AC village in Partnerworld and what do you hope to demonstrate?
We think it is a fabulous idea Dave. IBM, your partners, and other people in the industry have made great strides in communicating the benefits of Autonomic Computing technologies and products. But customers still have not had the opportunity to see how they start to come together in somewhat of an eco-system. By enabling IBM partners who are offering Autonomic products and technologies to present as a group at PartnerWorld, not only will the partners be able to discover potential opportunities to work together more closely, but PartnerWorld attendees will really start to see that there are several companies offering real Autonomic Computing solutions right now - not just talking about something thats off in the distant future.
Singlestep will demonstrate that, with our technologies and products, companies have an easier and faster way to integrate existing network management investments, while also starting to apply some simple automation to manual operations, like problem determination. We will show how one of our new product offerings, Unity Data Exchange Manager, can take information from most key enterprise management systems, convert the data into IBMs Common Base Event format and pass it into other IBM Tivoli, WebSphere, and Rational products.
Great! and so how does Autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Customers know that they need to make investments in products and technologies that are going help them manage the complexity of today's networks while also reducing the costs of delivering their IT service. We see customers looking for products that don't just add more data to what they have to manage, but ways to help them more efficiently manage the information they already have, and have it all in one place. And with customers making purchase decisions based on ease of installation, ease of use, and ease of integrating with existing investments or infrastructure, having autonomic capabilities is important. This is also the same with the new work your team has done around the branding or "self managing autonomic technologies". We believe that this type of messaging, under the autonomic umbrella, is even more approachable and understandable to companies out there who are looking for solutions.
Thanks Aimee and Scot and for sharing your wisdom and insight! I could not agree more. You know, from my own experience in the past as a customer managing complex IT network infrastructures, I have come to strongly believe that the smartest investment in products and technologies that can manage complexity in a sustainable way are those based on industry backed open standards. That is why we developed this branding as a 'seal of approval' to identify to customers which partners have done the hard work, as Singlestep(and other autonomic village partners) has, to truly deliver standards based self managing autonomic technologies that will stand the test of time. It will be really exciting to see all the leading autnomic partners come together in one autonomic village next week. We are really looking forward to it!!![Read More]