Companies Demonstrate Interoperability of Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) OASIS Standard

DataPower, IBM, HP, Hitachi, and TIBCO Collaborate on WSDM OASIS InterOp at Enterprise Management World

Bethesda, Maryland, USA; 14 September 2005 -- Five organizations joined together for the first time to demonstrate interoperability of the Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) OASIS Standard at the Enterprise Management World conference in Bethesda, Maryland today. Developed by the OASIS WSDM Technical Committee, the standard enables management applications to be built using Web services, allowing resources to be controlled by many managers, as well as giving managers access to more resources across and between enterprises.

"Web services and service oriented architectures are being adopted by companies who view technology as a competitive advantage to drive business revenues. Standards such as WSDM will further drive this opportunity and make it easier for IT professionals to integrate technologies and align with business objectives" stated Stephen Elliot, Research Manager Enterprise Systems Management, IDC.

Employing a weather station scenario, the WSDM OASIS InterOp demonstrated how management applications can go beyond centralized monitoring in an agent-based environment to achieve truly distributed, collaborative management in a world composed of both smart and simple resources. In the demonstration, the client depended on weather station services to send reports. By using WSDM, the manager was able to dynamically discover available weather stations, receive notification when a station was taken down for maintenance, and automatically redirect the client application to the next best weather station available, based entirely on a response time performance policy, without the client ever experiencing slowdowns or failures.

"This InterOp clearly illustrates WSDM's ability to enable client applications to remain unaffected by changes in the status of services they invoke-all within a heterogeneous environment," said Heather Kreger of IBM, co-chair of the OASIS WSDM Technical Committee and participant in the InterOp. "WSDM can also be used to enrich business processes with management information and action, and to manage across organizational boundaries."

WSDM was developed by members of the OASIS WSDM Technical Committee, which includes representatives of Actional, Amberpoint, BEA Systems, BMC Software, Computer Associates, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Novell, Oracle, SAP, SOA Software, TIBCO, and others. Participation remains open to all, and suppliers, end-users and system integrators are invited to join OASIS to advance the continued development and adoption of WSDM. OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment and the wsdm-dev mailing list for exchanging information on implementing the standard.

Companies Collaborate on WSDM Interoperability

DataPower
"Real-world Web services deployments in large organizations demand the ability to scale operational complexity in a cost-effective and reliable manner. DataPower's SOA security, routing and service-assurance network devices are purposely designed to help our customers reduce that complexity, following our long-standing Integration for Management strategy," said Eugene Kuznetsov, Chairman and CTO at DataPower Technology Inc. "Ensuring interop-validated support for open standards like WSDM is a key factor for successful large-scale XML Web services deployments with the level of manageability, security, and performance required by our Global 1000 customers."

HP
"HP is excited about the progress that this represents in the features that a standardized management protocol provides. In particular, WSDM provides management features that are critical for the management of SOAs."

Hitachi
"Hitachi believes that the WSDM OASIS Standard is the most promising solution for taming the growing complexity of enterprise IT environments. The WSDM OASIS InterOp at this year's EMW is an unprecedented opportunity for all of us to share a new vision of Web services-based management across the industry. We are confident that WSDM standardization and implementation will be beneficial for IT users and vendors alike," said Takao Nakamura, Executive General Manager, Software Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

IBM
"Managing business systems in a cost effective fashion requires effectively dealing with the task of integrating multiple management technologies," said Karla Norsworthy, vice president of standards, IBM Software. "The WSDM InterOp shows how companies can come together to collaboratively leverage open standards to address the management challenges our customers face."

TIBCO
"As a leading SOA and web services platform provider, our vision is to help customers leverage web services to improve operational performance management," said Matt Quinn, vice president, product strategy, TIBCO Software Inc. "With the acceptance of the WSDM OASIS Standard, our customers now have a bridge for IT and business managers to take advantage of web services for improved management and visibility. And we are now delivering on our vision with Enterprise Management Advisor, a commercially available software implementation of the WSDM standard that gives organizations a bi-directional view of the processes and technology investments that run their business."

About OASIS

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. The consortium produces open standards for Web services, security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 4,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. Approved OASIS Standards include AVDL, CAP, DITA, DocBook, DSML, ebXML CPPA, ebXML Messaging, ebXML Registry, OpenDocument, SAML, SPML, UBL, UDDI, WSDM, WS-Reliability, WSRP, WS-Security, XACML, and XCBF. http://www.oasis-open.org

Additional information:

OASIS Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) Committee
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/wsdm/

WSDM FAQ
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/wsdm/faq.php

Enterprise Management World
http://www.emwusa.com/index.html

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