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Deployment of Multiple Correlation Engines Allowing Concurrent and Cooperative Correlation Across Multiple Domains Using Pluggable Architecture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028995D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes a solution that allows inter-related end to end correlation in a domain specific base to be performed in a cooperative mode through an architecture where multiple correlation engines can be deployed concurrently, handling their specific domain correlation and sharing data and results with each other as needed.

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Deployment of Multiple Correlation Engines Allowing Concurrent and Cooperative Correlation Across Multiple Domains Using Pluggable Architecture

IT technology has turned into a major player in the support of customers' business processes. The advent of the internet is turning IT into an even more important tool for enterprises to reach their customers and to provide more efficiency to their business processes. In a typical enterprise environment a large variety of IT systems are deployed in order to support customers' businesses. The degree of how such systems are managed and cooperate with each other may be the key to the success of a customer in the increasingly competitive market. Most of the systems deployed by customers come from different vendors and do not cooperate or even interoperate with each other, functioning as isolated silos within the enterprise environment. Such situation makes it very difficult for customers to take full advantage of the IT environments that support their business processes. One of the key areas where such isolation happens is in the correlation. Correlation is key to implementation of automated processes and to improve the decision making processes in various areas from IT management to business processes analysis, etc.

Current products provide a monolithic solution where correlation is an inherent part of the event server or a single process relying on a specific correlation technology. Such solutions do not provide the flexibility required by the diversity of technologies and processes that compose customers' environments today. Customers may deploy a correlation technology that is not suited to handle certain types of situations or deploy isolated correlation systems that do not cooperate, therefore losing an important part of what they could achieve with an integrated solution. Scalability demands may turn the integration problem worse as customers deploy more event servers to handle the growth of their environments even though all they may need is a more flexible and powerful correlation capability.

Therefore a solution that allows the deployment of multiple correlation engines with different correlation techniques/technologies, and promotes the cooperation and interchange of data among these concurrent correlation engines is an important factor for the success of customers relying on IT technology to support their business processes and a key point behind well integrated systems. The systems deployed to support customers' business processes depend on each other and cooperate in order to perform and support customers' needs. The failure in one system may affect another system. The results of a process in one system may trigger a condition in another system, etc. Such large scale and diverse cooperation and interdependencies among such large variety of systems creates a complex environment which may require different correlation technologies that are better suited for each specific component...