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Published: 16 Oct 2012

With IT staffs drowning in data and system maintenance tasks, IBM hopes that new autonomic technologies it previewed at San Jose's IBM Almaden Research Center this October will help dam the flood. Big Blue's new Autonomic Computing Organization is working on technologies that will reduce the human costs of running complex computing and storage systems. "IT staffs are overwhelmed," working at 110% of capacity, says Jose Iglesias, IBM's director of Tivoli Storage Products. Meanwhile, storage management expenses are six times that of hardware costs, Iglesias says. By creating autonomic computing systems that are self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protecting, IBM promises to reduce those storage management costs. Storage Tank will be a cornerstone of IBM's autonomic offerings. Slated for release in 2003, Storage Tank virtualizes storage with an installable file system that simultaneously supports multiple operating systems. Storage Tank technology will provide SAN-wide virtualization as well as policy-based placement of files in storage ... Access >>>

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