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These operations require a lengthy series of screen interactions which can be condensed down to a single push of a button, O'Conner said.

Consequently, experts on a subject can develop and record the actions needed to execute very complex tasks. These "recordings" can then be used and modified as needed by others for other tasks. This ensures that tasks are executed correctly and completely, every time, O'Conner said.

"This [new version] is a major improvement, and I expect this kind of thing to become standard across the board," Andi Mann, research director with Enterprise Management Associates, told eWEEK. "This takes data center management tools to another level."

Mann said that with new management software packages, the two most important factors in making a buying decision are ease of use and ease of implementation.

"This is all about those two things," Mann said. "You have to write scripts in a lot of the other management software packages; this one actually embeds knowledge into the process, reduces errors and allows for better availability."

IBM believes this extended data center automation is significant, O'Conner said, because "we see a whole set of activity in the industry around consolidation, virtualization, cost of data centers, green data centers-these are all driving the notion of 'How and when do I change my resources on these servers?' to a pitch with our customers today."

TPM also dynamically provisions and allocates application resources to compensate for workload fluctuations. These fluctuations can strain specific IT resources while other systems run at less than capacity, a problem cloud computing can resolve, O'Connor said.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager, which also includes cross-platform patch support, is a key element of IBM's Blue Cloud Initiative, which brings the formerly separate features of dynamic provisioning and resource allocation into overall data center automation.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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