Web services management protocol spec eyed

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) has formed a technical committee to propose an XML-based management protocol specification for Web services, said a Novell official who is chairing the committee on Thursday.

The OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee, formed about two weeks ago, is intended to boost distributed systems management over the Internet, according to Novell Inc. Management of Web services through use of Web services is the crux of the effort, said Novell’s Winston Bumpus, director of standards for the company, in San Jose, Calif., and chairman of the new OASIS committee.

As the industry is building a Web services platform, it is important that there be an infrastructure to manage it, Bumpus said. The protocol would be used for functions such as resource allocation, monitoring, controlling, and troubleshooting, he said.

The committee is reviewing a number of technologies for use in the protocol, including as XML, SOAP, Open Model Interface (OMI), Distributed Management Task Force Common Information Model (DMTF CIM), and DMTF CIM Operations. Plans are to have the specification ready in June 2003, with reference implementations to appear next spring and supportive products to be available in late-2003, Bumpus said.

The effort is intended to enable companies to not only manage their own services but to also oversee interaction of those services with services from other companies, according to Novell. The work is intended to deliver an industry-standard protocol for managing desktops, services, and networks across an enterprise or Internet environment.

An analyst, however, was skeptical of the OASIS effort. Management of Web services is a complicated issue and is hindered because of lack of uniformity in development of Web services components, said analyst Rikki Kirzner, research director at IDC in Mountain View, Calif.

“It’s far more complex than one standard’s going to solve,” Kirzner said.

The organization’s Web site is at http://www.oasis-open.org.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Empowering the hybrid workforce: how technology can build a better employee experience

Across the country, employees from organizations of all sizes expect flexibility...

What’s behind the best customer experience: How to make it real for your business

The best customer experience – the kind that builds businesses and...

Overcoming the obstacles to optimized operations

Network-driven optimization is a top priority for many Canadian business leaders...

Thriving amid Canada’s tech talent shortage

With today’s tight labour market, rising customer demands, fast-evolving cyber threats...

Staying protected and compliant in an evolving IT landscape

Canadian businesses have changed remarkably and quickly over the last few...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now