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Missing from the line-up is IBM, which is working on its own web services management framework.
The supporters of Web Services Management (WS-Management) said the specification will enable IT managers to remotely access devices on their networks, regardless of whether the systems are just out of the box, powered down or otherwise unavailable.
The specification covers management of silicon components and handheld devices to PCs, servers and large-scale datacentres.
David Mendlen, director of web services at Microsoft, said, "With this specification, management is now a core part of the web services world. This is an important step for IT managers who have been looking for management systems to fully take advantage of the inherent interoperability that web services provide."
Microsoft plans to support WS-Management in the next release of Microsoft Windows Server and the next release of Microsoft Operations Manager. Intel plans to support WS-Management in its platform building blocks.