IBM Adds Partners to Help Project Eliza

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Print this article Print

IBM is working with a number of it vendors and customers to develop a strategic design road map and assist with the infrastructure for autonomous, self-healing systems.

IBM is working with a number of it vendors and customers to develop a strategic design road map and assist with the infrastructure for autonomous, self-healing systems.

The Armonk, N.Y., company announced last week a services offering to automate key e-business processes and better predict, identify and intercept problems on a real-time basis.

These initiatives follow IBMs April announcement of Project eLiza, a multibillion-dollar initiative aimed at creating an e-business infrastructure of self-managing servers that require little or no human interaction.

"But we cannot do this alone, and so we have partnered with some 20 companies, including BMC Software Inc., Nortel [Networks Ltd.], Danske Bank Group, Merrill Lynch [& Co. Inc.] and Terra Lycos [SA]," said Greg Burke, director for Project eLiza. "They are telling us what is required to move toward automated computing from a management point of view. They are telling us what they are having the biggest problems with, which helps us prioritize exactly what and where the investment should be."

IBM and its partners are jointly working on issues such as what standards and policy-based implementations are required to achieve functions such as heterogeneous workload management across different platforms and architectures, Burke added. But this process is still in an early stage. IBM and some of its partners met in Austin, Texas, last week to share what they believe is needed to move forward. They are also forming detailed technology working groups to define and orchestrate the types of design necessary to provide a managed end-to-end infrastructure that allows interoperation among multiple partners in an open-standard way, Burke said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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