Tools Emerging to Facilitate Distributed Management
eWEEK guest columnist Judith Hurwitz talks about a new class of management tools.A new world is emerging: the world of dynamic response. Its made possible by the advent of service-oriented architectures and Web services, and it enables organizations to respond quickly to opportunities and threats. To participate in it, organizations must break down departmental stovepipes by creating and managing distributed applications. Businesses should move away from monolithic applications to environments in which data is federated across physical locations and application logic is componentized into many business services that can be knit together through Web services interfaces to create virtual applications. This flexibility requires that a management infrastructure be in place to rein in and secure loosely coupled environments. Given this requirement, I predict well see at center stage a new class of management tools that perform what I call distributed management, although it might also be called service-oriented management or Web services management. Here are key requirements for distributed management: It must be able to understand where code and data reside and what middleware components are used. In addition, the environment must be able to understand the business context of the composite applications.
It must be able to dynamically provision resources when required, to provide a predictable and stable environment.