OASIS forms new committee for distributed systems mgmt

The OASIS standards organization on Tuesday announced it has formed a technical committee responsible for making distributed systems management over the Internet.

The mission of the newly created OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee is to help businesses manage their own Web services as well as to oversee the interaction with those services offered by other companies. The proposed OASIS Management Protocol is intended to manage desktops, services, and networks either across an enterprise or over the Internet.

"We believe the widespread need for the integration of systems and network management tools is causing the industry to take a more holistic approach to the management of networks. Web services provides the ideal vehicle for making that happen," explained Winston Bumpus of Novell, chair of the OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee. "Our work at OASIS will help level the playing field and allow companies to manage systems regardless of the platform they use," he said.

OASIS is currently reviewing a number of Web services standards for potential use in the Management Protocol, including XML, SOAP, OMI (Open Model Interface), and the Distributed Management Task Force's CIM (Common Information Model), according to Bumpus.

Participation in the OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee is open to all organizations and individuals. An OASIS spokesman said the organization will host an open mail list for public comment, and that the completed work will be freely available to the public without licensing or other fees.

Developers interested in joining can find more information at http://www.oasis-open.org/join.

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