Building on IBM's initiative to help companies reduce the inherent complexity of IT environments, IBM announced a series of "self-healing" software products that can automatically find and fix problems before they slow down an online business or cause a company to lose valuable customer information because IT systems freeze. The software marks the next wave of self-managing autonomic technology from IBM by moving into the realm of proactively healing technology problems.

The new software from IBM Tivoli can pinpoint and then reach out to solve problems, such as repairing internet logjams or bringing systems back online after a power outage. This sidesteps the time-consuming task of finding and fixing glitches that naturally occur in complicated, intertwined systems, allowing all kinds of businesses - from midsized retailers to multinational insurance companies - to safely and completely manage their online applications. Similar to how the body's autonomic nervous system can heal a broken bone without conscious thought, IBM's new self-healing software heads off slowdowns and service interruptions - before consumers move on to other Web-based businesses in frustration, for example.

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