Sun embraces WBEM standard for Solaris

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday announced Solaris WBEM (Web-Based Enterprise Management) Services, in a move that will make the Solaris operating system significantly more manageable.

According to Tom Goguen, product line manager for Solaris software at Sun, the company is the first Unix provider to announce support for the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF's) WBEM standard. Microsoft supports WBEM in Windows, but both IBM and Hewlett-Packard support the specification only in their enterprise management software, not in their operating systems.

Sun, which has been actively involved in the DMTF and in the development of the WBEM and other management standards such as the Common Information Model (CIM), is making the SUN WBEM software development kit immediately available from its Web site so developers can begin writing enterprise management applications. Solaris WBEM Services will be included in the next release of Solaris, which is due out early in 2000, according to the company.

The DMTF is expected to ratify the Extensible Markup Language (XML) over HTTP standard next week, and Sun will also support that standard when it is ready, according to Goguen.

"XML over HTTP will enable developers to write management applications that could manage both Unix and NT," Goguen said.

According to one analyst, Sun's Solaris WBEM Services will be extremely useful for both application service providers as well as for IT administrators.

"Especially for people hosting applications, you're going to have many different operating systems. Sun's adoption of WBEM makes the administrator's life much easier so they don't need to learn all those different interfaces," said Colin Mahony, an analyst at the Yankee Group, in Boston.

Mahony also pointed out that Sun and Microsoft have been in accordance over the DMTF standard in a way that is atypical and that will benefit their mutual customers.

Sun's WBEM development kit can be downloaded free www.sun.com/solaris/wbem.

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