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IBM introduces self-healing data center software

Big Blue offers data center systems that automatically fix network traffic jams and restore service after a power failure.

IBM has released new data center software designed to automatically detect and fix performance problems, advancing its effort to build "self-healing" technology.

The new programs, which IBM announced Thursday, are from the company's Tivoli unit, which specializes in software for monitoring business system performance and availability.

One of the new programs, IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1, is an update to a previous product. The new version will tap additional servers when a key system, such as e-mail or online bill payment, becomes overloaded.

A new product, IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager, also finds and repairs network bottlenecks, with a focus on problems in systems composed of numerous, interconnected applications linked over the Web.

Tivoli Systems Automation for Multiplatforms, also new, is designed to bring systems involving computing gear from different suppliers back online after a power outage or other failure, without losing data.

IBM said it has incorporated more than 475 self-repairing features into 75 different products since embarking on the initiative in 2001. The idea is to save companies money and manpower when troubleshooting system crashes and breakdowns.

The three programs are priced on a per-processor basis, with Tivoli Monitoring 6.1 starting at $700 per processor, Composite Application Manager starting at $5,000, and System Administration for Multiplatforms at $1,100.