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Monday, 26 March 2007 06:34

Vendor group submits interoperability spec to W3C

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A multi-vendor project to improve the interoperability of management tools has been submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium for standardisation.

Service Modeling Language (SML) provides a 'building block' approach to modelling system resources - including applications, servers and networks - in XML.

A companion specification - Service Modeling Language Interchange Format (SML-IF) - for exchanging models between applications has also been submitted.

SML models can also hold information relevant to capacity planning and service level agreements, among other things. Adoption of such a standard will make it easier for users to employ management tools from different vendors.

The eleven participants in the project were BEA, BMC, CA, Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Sun. With backing like that, it is hard to see SML failing to become a standard - especially they have each agreed "to offer licenses according to the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements ... for any portion of the Submission that is subsequently incorporated in a W3C Recommendation. a perpetual, royalty-free licence to the technologies used in SML."

The process could take two years, so it seems likely that vendors will soon start to incorporate the draft version into their products ahead of ratification.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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