Ten major IT suppliers have teamed up to promote a new language to describe system information about networks, applications, servers and other IT resources.
BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have launched a draft specification for the Service Modelling Language (SML), which defines the way IT resources are described in XML.
SML is designed to help businesses manage their IT services more simply and cost-effectively.
Will Capelli, vice-president at analyst firm Gartner, said the initiative would provide a standard way of capturing information on the configuration of IT systems.
Such information can be stored in what is known as a configuration management database, and can be queried to check that systems comply with corporate policy.
The 10 companies are aiming to submit the draft specification to an industry standards body later this year.
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