Autonomic management

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The term autonomic, like the term autonomous, comes from robotics and human related sciences.


  • Autonomic management: Acting involuntary (on reflex) according to some predefined policies in order to keep the system up and running within its limits.
  • Autonomic (in general): (a) acting or occurring involuntarily (reflexes) and (b) relating to, affecting, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system or its effects or activity (


  • Autonomic management is sometimes used to refer to the set of management activities that take place in Autonomic Networks or Autonomic Systems.
  • It also sometimes refers to all algorithms that automate management and/or control functions of traditional networks in such a way that they become more autonomic

Relation to Autonomous management

Compared to autonomous networks, autonomic networks are less intelligent and require a management interface.