Sun?s JMAPI Java-based systems management specification will merge with the Desktop Management Group?s Common Information Model (CIM) standard within a year, according to Tom Bishop, Tivoli?s vice president of infrastructure development.
He believes the move will happen because users require their systems management applications to be integrated across the enterprise and want to swap different data between different applications. This means the packages need to be based on a common repository (CIM) and common services (JMAPI).
?CIM and JMAPI are going to merge. Customers want a high level of integration between their applications, such as a single inventory database or the ability to reuse the same query in different applications. There are a lot of problems that have to be solved in building distributed applications, but what is required is common services and integration,? he explained.
He added that, although the JMAPI was still somewhat immature, it was better than anything else on the market and was moving in the right direction.
But, David Spenhoff, Javasoft?s director of product marketing, disagreed that such a merger was likely.
?Like all Java APIs, JMAPI is designed specifically to work with open, standard enterprise interfaces. CIM does not qualify on either metric. Further, the process to develop the JMAPI spec has and will continue to include the collaboration of industry leaders. JMAPI will reflect the needs of the system/network management community and will be adopted as an open standard,? he said.
Tom Scholtz, Meta Group?s program director of services and systems management strategies, believed the truth was somewhere in the middle.
?The industry would love the two to merge, but it?s all being complicated by the Internet wars, especially between Microsoft and Sun. It?s difficult to say whether they will merge, but I would see both specs becoming commonly accepted and allowing tools to be developed that support both, enabling them to work together,? he said.
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