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Self-Healing Systems and Standards

Given the need for standard log file formats and autonomic manager applications, increased standardization is the key to autonomic computing. Vendors must cooperate in implementing standard components in their products. IBM has already made two standards submissions to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS):

  • Common Base Event (CBE) format

  • Web Services Manageability—used to describe manageable resources and their attributes

We can view these submissions as a step in the direction of software component standardization. Clearly, this process will require time, so it makes sense to move toward AC in an evolutionary fashion.

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