IBM's autonomic umbrella

WHEN IBM REBRANDED eLiza last month, she was given a cute send-off. "In a self-configuring transformation of historical proportions," the announcement read, "Project eLiza of IBM self-managing IT infrastructure fame, is now known as the IBM autonomic computing initiative." In the flurry of white papers that swirled around this event, the four mantras of IBM's autonomic vision -- self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing, self-protecting -- were used everywhere, consistently. But it was hard to avoid concluding that "autonomic" for IBM has become what ".Net" is for Microsoft: an umbrella marketing term that encompasses everything and nothing in particular. [Full story at]

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