The fastest tennis service according to
rdid=44299"> Guiness (measured by IBM*) is 246.2
km/h (153 mph) by Andy Roddick(USA) during a Championship match against
Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand) at the Queen's Club, London, UK, on June
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:
Servers: On-site - eServer i5 520 (running Linux on POWER) runs the Wimbledon.org Internet Scoring system, the Web site publisher and the Staging server. Off-site – p5 550 Express servers which support the Wimbledon.org Web site (HTTP serving and application serving) leveraging the IBM Virtualisation Engine capability.
Software: WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Commerce, WorkPlace Web Content Management, DB2 Universal Database for Linux, Tivoli Monitoring, Tivoli Events Console, Tivoli Security and Compliance Manager, Tivoli Intelligent ThinkDynamics Orchestrator. Tivoli Provisioning Manager.
Services: IBM Global Business Services, IBM Global Technology Services.
Official Web Site Statistics - The following 2005 statistics are for the official Web site, Wimbledon.org.
- unique users: 4.7 million
- page views: 212.6 million
- average time on site: 2 Hours and 2 minutes (122 minutes)
- percent of site visits from: Australia – 3%, Asia – 8%, Europe – 52%, US – 27%
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.
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 .
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.
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
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
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
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
The next set of comments come from Bob Quillin from nLayers, another founding member of the autonomic village. Hi Bob, First question, Why do you think the AC village is a good idea and what do you hope to demonstrate?
Dave, Thanks for the opportunity to discuss autonomic computing on your blog. The entire foundation of autonomic computing rests on the concept of interoperability and shared intelligence. The Autonomic Computing Village at Partner World is another strong step towards that goal in that we as a vendor collective are working together and collaborating
across a standard set of shared technologies such as Common Based Events (CBEs) and Generic Log adaptation. Weve all done our own interoperability testing with IBM individually, but for most of us, this is the first chance to work on a more peer-to-peer basis. At a high level, nLayers hopes to convey a direct message to customers and partners that we are committed to an industry-endorsed ecosystem approach to automation opposed to a closed, do-it-yourself autonomic strategy. At a specific level, whats exciting is the ability for nLayers to integrate its CMDB change detection features - detecting configuration item (CI) variations and application dependency mapping and interrelationship changes - and integrating them with a higher level autonomic function that can take action and affect a change to the environment either manually or automatically. That truly is the ITIL vision of IT Service Management process automation.
Well said Bob! This collective does represent the opportunity to collaborate and demonstrate interoperability that drives higher value to our customers in an open way. This is fundamental to the success of the ITSM vision. Second question, How does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
You know Dave, IT process automation is a hot buzz phrase these days, particularly in the area of Configuration Management Databases (CMDB), business service management, and data center automation. Vendors who take a closed, all-in-one, homogeneous approach to this market are hoping for account domination but run counter to the reality of what customers are pushing for: truly federated and interoperable solutions deployed in a heterogeneous environment. IBMs AC program demonstrates a commitment to that federated vision which strengthens nLayers position as a best-of-breed solution in the CMDB marketplace. When you think about it, understanding interrelationships and dependencies is core to human intelligence, but something that has been sorely lacking in IT management. Each silo network, system, application, service has been managed in isolation, but in order to move to an on-demand autonomic model, IT management needs to automate the mapping of application/service to infrastructure dependencies and keep them updated on a continuous, real-time basis. From there, autonomics can dynamically link service levels to the underlying servers and network/storage infrastructure that supports those services. Autonomic capabilities are thus key to nLayers core value and differentiation, and IBMs Autonomic Computing program is a driving force in moving this vision from concept to reality.
Thanks Bob for your very insightful comments! 5 days to the village![Read More
With Partnerworld right around the corner, I have asked our business partners for their thoughts on the autonomic village which will make its debut next week. The first set of comments come from Scott Safe from Network Physics, one of the companies you can find in the autonomic village.
1. Scott, Do you think the AC village is a good idea and what do you hope to demonstrate?
Well Dave, Seeing is believing. Clients have a skeptical eye to the vendor -- but respond warmly when the function is there to discuss, debate, and see how it can and cannot be applied. The village will create buzz - which will bring in more partners to want to participate, which will provide more solutions to clients, proving the fact that Autonomics is real.
2. How does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Integration with IBM's autonomic self-managing capabilities provides the extra edge in responding to customer problems. Autonomics takes Network Physics's unique insight into application infrastructure integrity, performance, and security offered by the NetSensory solution, available as a data source for self-managing autonomic solutions to take that extra step - isolate, fix it, and ensure it's back in service. What's manual work and effort today, is not affordable in the future. Cost-constraints and cost-cutting is forcing out the repetitive work.
With IBM standing behind Autonomics, this validates the approach NP has taken in the market - and the validation represents opportunity to partners who need leading edge solutions to compete in today's market.
3. What will Partners expect to see 1 year from now at the AC Village?
Well, it will probably be called AC City by then. The growth and interest will drive this. Second, we can definitely see customers joining the venue to discuss the benefits they have seen out of autonomic computing solutions. They do get excited about the technology, because it does solve significant problems they have, and more importantly, it does provide a return on investment that meets what they are being driven by - automate and reduce costs.
Thanks for your comments Scott! AC City! I like it![Read More
In the IT universe one of my favorite destinations is: Partner World
. The World is relatively large(An estimated 5,435 inhabitants including 3,545 Business Partner executives) and is in an orbit that typically intersects with Las Vegas in March. This year you can find the World docked at the Mandalay Bay from March 12 - 15. Partner World is a world without boundaries, where one can innovate, collaborate, and grow which just, hmmm, happens to be the 2006 theme.
This year a Partner World first, the Autonomic Village, can be found in the Solution Center. The Autonomic Village will be composed of a number of business partners demonstrating an unprecedented interoperability between each other with Autonomic Standards and technology. In the village you can see how IBM Self-Managing Autonomic
Technology has the power to align heterogeneous technologies into one end to end common event driven set of capabilities that can:
Reduce Problem Determination time by up to 90%
Develop and deploy without downtime
Achieve higher availability of business-critical applications
The business partners that will be participating in the very first Autonomic Village include: Singlestep
- Singlestep's Unity Data Exchange Manager allows enterprises to integrate data from their enterprise management systems into a single application, data store or console to accelerate enterprise initiatives like Autonomic Computing, CCMDB, and Business Process Optimization.
Transforming network data from multiple formats into CBE
Delivering CBE to CCMDB, Tivoli TEC, CEI, and others
Tie existing investments to an Autonomic Computing initiative Macrovision
- Macrovisions SolutionArchitect simplifies distributed application deployment/installation and reduces software lifecycle management costs. Based on IBMs Self-Managing Autonomic Technology and integrated with both Rational and Tivoli, SolutionArchitect enables technical teams to package complex distributed applications based on topology and deployment requirements. It also gives IT administrators the ability to analyze, repackage, and test solutions during pre-deployment.
Eliminates manual deployment steps
Drives down software delivery costs
Integrates with Rational and Tivoli nLayers
- nLayers' enables application discovery and dependency mapping for CMDB deployment, data center consolidation and automation, and configuration/change management. Using nLayers real-time, agentless appliance, customers are rapidly deploying successful ITIL and CMDB applications today saving money and saving time.
Automatic population of ITIL CMDB
Top-ranked dependency mapping solution
Agentless, continuous real-time configuration & change management Network Physics
- Network Physics' application performance management appliances give IT staff a unique "barometer" of application performance for early detection of problems and their business impact, as well as easy integration of real-time network application data for AutonomicComputing solutions.
Early-warning metrics via CBE with Day-Zero detection
Instant feedback on network and application performance
Non-intrusive, no agents, easily managed Corente
- A provider of integrated software-based services for the secure delivery and management of distributed business applications and diverse networks. Corentes Applications Without Boundaries service enables enterprises to focus on their core business activities by reliably and securely managing their distributed applications infrastructure.
Network and Security Management
And for a real out of world experience, don't miss guest speaker Burt Rutan, Aerospace Engineer, Space ShipOne
, CEO Scaled Composites, on Monday morning, March 13th, at Partner World![Read More
Why was integrity the number one word of 2005?
Why was autonomic computing the most compelling industry initiative in 2005?
The answer to both questions in part can be found in the definition...
Merriam-Webster's #1 Word of the Year was: integrity
Etymology: Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrité,
from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire
1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
synonym see HONESTY
IT's #1 industry initiative was: autonomic computing
Pronunciation: "o-t&-'nä-mik k&m-'pyüt ing
1 : firm adherence to a code of open industry accepted standards : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired proactive or corrective action : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being a complete closed loop : COMPLETENESS
synonym see COOL[Read More
Her name was ENIAC(Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) and she made her debut on Valentine's day 60 years ago.
ENIAC was the world's first programmable electronic device. This tower of power was 10 feet tall, occupied 2,400 square feet, and had 17,468 vacuum tubes to drive it. Man, I would love to see what my strat would sound like with that many tubes in the amp!http://ftp.arl.mil/~mike/comphist/eniac-story.html