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!