Industry giants unite around service modelling language

Ten computer industry giants have teamed up to promote a new “language” to describe system information about networks, applications, servers and other IT resources.

Ten computer industry giants have teamed up to promote a new “language” to describe system information about networks, applications, servers and other IT resources.

The 10 firms – BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems – have launched a draft specification for the new Service Modeling Language (SML), defining the way IT resources are described in extensible markup language (XML).

The new modeling language will help businesses manage their IT services more simply and cost-effectively, particularly in multivendor environments, by providing a common, standardised way for information to be shared across diverse tools and applications. The new specification can also be used to describe XML message exchange architectures.

The need for the new specification arose from the many current ways to represent the same IT resource – a situation that can cause technical problems where tools and management applications are using different formats.

The 10 companies are aiming to submit the draft specification to an industry standards body later this year.

 

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