Autonomic Computingâ€ is a new vision of computing initiated by IBM. This new paradigm shifts the fundamental definition of the technology age from one of computing, to one defined by data. Access to data from multiple, distributed sources, in addition to traditional centralized storage devices will allow users to transparently access information when and where they need it. At the same time, this new view of computing will necessitate changing the industry's focus on processing speed and storage to one of developing distributed networks that are largely self-managing, self-diagnostic, and transparent to the user.
The high-tech industry has spent decades creating computer systems with ever-mounting degrees of complexity to solve a wide variety of business problems. Ironically, complexity itself has become part of the problem. Itâ€™s a problem that's not going away, but will grow exponentially, just as our dependence on technology has.
The solution may lie in automation, or creating a new capacity where important computing operations can run without the need for human intervention. In Autonomic Computing we build computer systems that regulate themselves much in the same way our nervous systems regulates and protects our bodies.