Another very good article on AC entitled In HAL's Footsteps Oct. 10, 2005 Real progress is being made in developing IT systems that do a better job of monitoring, analyzing, and fixing problems without human intervention By Darrell Dunn, InformationWeek.
And yes, another reference to HAL from '2001: A Space Odyssey.' This time we even have a picture of Dave! I was web surfing on HAL and found an article by Rosalind W. Picard entitled: 'Does HAL cry Digital tears?' Here is an excerpt: 'HAL startles us in 2001 -- initially with his smooth, confident voice, and later with his highly emotional words. Few viewers expected the world's most intelligent computer to speak as HAL does in that memorable scene when the only remaining crewman, Dave Bowman, begins to disassemble HAL and HAL commences his swan song: 'Stop, Dave. I'm afraid ... Dave... my mind is going ... I can feel it ... There is no question about it. I can feel it... Dave, stop.... I'm afraid, Dave ... HAL's expression of fear and his impassioned pleas no doubt struck a responsive chord of feeling in many viewers, for here HAL gives us the impression that he is not a heartless machine but a being who has genuine emotions...'
I think that as long as we continue to reference HAL in AC articles we should expand our definition of what HAL really stands for. Of course, the most prevalent theory is that HAL is what you get when you back up one letter from the letters IBM. OK, but what about HAL as the Highest Autonomic Level (level 5) Level 5 describes the ultimate state of Self-Configuring, Healing, Optimizing, and Protecting systems or 'self-CHOP' which, by the way if you advance one letter you get self-DIPQ. And CHOP is a one of the ways to systematically evaluate progress in autonomic computing - a kind of 'DIP' stick of autonomic 'Q'uality.
Seriously, as this industry comes together to expand its focus from 'platform-level programs intended to simplify management to what I like to think of as 'customer-level' programs intended to simplify the management across multiple platforms, vendors, and technologies based on open and sustainable architecture and standards - that is worth writing about and the author, Dunn, does a pretty good job capturing some of the real quantifiable benefits now being realized.
Here are some excerpts I clipped from the article: 'The deployment of autonomic-computing capabilities over the past year has let Carey Capaldi cut by 40% the time he spends manually digging through system-failure logs to understand why a problem happened. It also has let the product manager for the content-management system at Technicolor Creative Services create an automatic way to redeploy jobs that otherwise would be stalled for hours...Capaldi is ready to move further down the autonomic path. "In a heartbeat," he says. "I think there's a ton of potential that hasn't been tapped yet. '
'The president and chief executive of LAN Solutions Inc., Victor Kellan, agrees...When a problem happened, depending on its type, location, and complexity, it could take experts from several different areas to parse through thousands of log entries from databases, applications, Web servers, operating systems, or other network devices to find the problem's starting point and then determine a course of action...LAN Solutions went to work with Singlestep Technologies Corp. and IBM's autonomic-computing group to implement a system with robust event-correlation and network-event-response automation, Kellan says...It's getting closer to being self-healing and self-aware, he says. "We've got the brain..."
Singlestep CTO Ophir Ronen adds... "This is not just pie in the sky. These autonomic capabilities exist now and are helping customers get a handle on the cost andcomplexity associated with delivering IT services," ...
This summer, New York's Museum of Modern Art began testing an autonomic platform that combines network-discovery technology from nLayers Ltd. with IBM's autonomic engine. "Like everyone, our big challenge is to do more with less," MoMA CIO Steve Peltzman says. "Anything that can make my four folks act like a staff of 10 or 12 is great." '
And that makes one HAL of a story!
In a heartbeat
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