Ok, here is a test for you. What is the value of autonomic computing in the real world? Autonomic computing has always sounded a little like science fiction. The system sits there and anticipates when something is going to go wrong and rushes in, and fixes the problem – before any human ever knows that there was a problem. Sort of cool.
Most of my conversations about automatic computing has been with IBM. However, this week I ran into an interesting small company that specializes in automatic computing and even has an IBM partnership in this area. The company is called Embolics() is based in Ottawa, Canada and is less than a year old. Rather than coding from scratch, the company purchased the assets of a company called Symbium that focused on autonomic computing for the telecommunications market. Embolics is holding its cards pretty close to the vest but it looks like they have some pretty interesting software that discovers patterns of use and matches that to a workflow approach to securing access to software and hardware.
Unlike some of the solutions I have seen over the past few years, this one does not require the customer to create a complex set of rules from scratch. The company says that it’s software is self-securing and self-managing. The software itself is embedded either in an appliance or a card or in a virtualization layer. The company already has a few key partnerships – even with IBM Tivoli in its autonomic computing area. So, this is one of those emerging companies I plan to keep an eye on.