A Mass Storage System Administrator Autonomic Assistant

The growing complexity of mass storage systems at major data centers is causing stress on system administrators to keep performance at optimal levels. As storage requirements grow, so does the number of routine tasks that the administrator must perform, as well as the time it takes for these to be executed. The solution being proposed to ease this burden is the Mass Storage System Administrator Autonomic Assistant (MSSAAA). The MSSAAA is a collection of agents that perform some of the more common tasks while the administrators handle higher-level issues. Using the principles of autonomic computing, the MSSAAA is governed by a centralized set of policies that the administrator will review on a regular basis and can adjust as necessary.

The goal is to develop an autonomic assistant to substantially reduce the amount of time it takes to address specific problems in the system. Using tools such as IBM

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

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