In a move to speed up the emergence of Network Computing standards, IBM has announced that it is handing over its Network Station Manager software to the standards organisation Open Group. IBM is proposing its software as a standard for managing and configuring disparate NCs on a network.
Only two weeks ago, IBM teamed up with its subsidiary Lotus, Oracle and Sun to define a standard, Java-based ?Webtop? environment for thin clients. This would assure application developers a common set of API?s to simplify the development of applications and make sure these applications have a consistent look-and-feel.
Now some of the same companies are turning to the management of NC configurations. In January, IBM, Oracle, Sun, Netscape and Novell will meet to discuss NC management standards, an IBM spokesperson said. IBM wants to jump-start the development of such a standard by bringing its existing Network Station Manager into the public domain. This software is currently being sold together with IBM?s Network Station NCs.
At this moment, Network Computers from vendors such as Sun, IBM, Oracle-subsidiary NCI or NCD, have little in common apart from their ability to run Java applications, differing widely in user interface and in installation and management procedures.
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