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International standards consortium, , has formed four committees to continue work originated by the DCML Organization, which recently transitioned its development and operations to OASIS (www.dcml.org).
"Today's complex IT environments are managed in silos of information and demand a data model and format to effectively exchange this information," explained Dr. Tim Howes of Opsware, chair of the OASIS DCML Framework Technical Committee.
The new OASIS DCML Framework Technical Committee, the OASIS DCML Server Technical Committee, the OASIS DCML Network Technical Committee, and the OASIS DCML Applications and Services Technical Committee will collaborate on a holistic set of standards for the automated management of the data center infrastructure.
Members of the OASIS DCML Framework Technical Committee will define the overall approach, concepts, and structures fundamental to DCML's description and manipulation of data center elements and the policies governing their management.
"We will create a uniform, heterogeneous, and comprehensive data model and interchange format to allow applications, application components such as Web services, and IT services of all types to be referenced and managed," said J. Darrel Thomas of EDS, chair of the OASIS DCML Applications and Services Technical Committee.
Members of the OASIS DCML Technical Committees include representatives of BEA Systems, BMC Software, Computer Associates, Electronic Data Systems, Inkra Networks, Opsware, Tibco, and others.
Participation remains open to all organizations and individuals. The first meeting of the new committees will be held on 15 November 2004.