Suppliers including Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, 3Com and Microsoft have demonstrated the interoperability of network and systems management tools to enable administrators to manage multi-vendor devices over the web.
The demonstration of the web based enterprise management (WBEM) standard took place during this week's Distributed Management Taskforce (DMTF) developers' conference in Silicon Valley. It was one of the first demonstrations of the standard that was put forward last autumn.
Winston Bumpus, president of the DMTF, said: "WEBM enables systems to be managed over the web and [allows] interoperability between managed systems such as routers, servers and desktops."
He explained that WEBM, which uses XML technology, is already part of Microsoft Windows 2000 and Sun Solaris, but said general products supporting the standard will begin appearing in about six months' time.
Also at the conference, the DMTF released specifications and guidelines for the integration of network directory services with systems and network management environments. This enables network administrators to include policy based management into its systems and network management platforms.
The specifications are part of the DMTF's work of pushing forward directory enabled networking (DEN), a standard that was originally introduced by Microsoft and Cisco amid much industry hype in 1997. DEN enables network devices to be managed within directories in order to control user access to resources.
The latest update involves the release of the lightweight directory access protocol mapping for the DMTF's common information model which specifies the management of all systems across the enterprise.
According to Bumpus, the latest specifications provide policy based management and access control to enable complete management of enterprise systems and network devices.
The DMTF is expected to host DEN interoperability demonstrations between systems and network management suppliers over the next six months.
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