IBM gears up for autonomic networks

IBM gears up for autonomic networks

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

MAY 1—IBM Corp.'s Project eLiza will produce enterprise software and hardware that are self-managing, in the manner of the human autonomic nervous system, said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, the company's vice president for technology and strategy.

Not only would a self-managing network infrastructure defend itself against normal failures, he said, it would also defend the nation better against economic failure. Wladawsky-Berger spoke at a Washington press briefing yesterday at which IBM executives addressed a variety of issues.

Harriet P. Pearson, recently named IBM's chief privacy officer, said the federal government should set a national standard for individual data privacy rather than allow a patchwork of state laws.

Even if the government succeeds in finding the right mechanisms and technologies for national infrastructure security, she said, 'Security is not the same as privacy if you don't have the right rules.'

The Internet revolution is 'less than 5 percent complete,' said Michael R. Nelson, IBM's director of Internet strategy. Within four years, he predicted, users will pay the same amount of money for 10 times as much computing power. Half of all users will access the Internet wirelessly through voice interfaces, in spite of the tenuous state of the wireless broadband industry today, he said.

'We won't know where we're going till we're there,' Nelson said.

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