Studies indicate that because of the difficulty and complexity, the cost of administering systems is ten times the cost of the actual hardware. ABSA is an agent-based solution to automated system administration. ABSA architecture is introduced to minimize the cost of administering computers in multi-platform networks and to provide a simple, consistent, expandable, and integrated system administration tool.
Ramakrishna, Santosh and Rahimi, Shahram. "ABSA: An Agent-Based Tool for System Administration." (Aug 2003).