PRESS RELEASE -- Sun announced today that it will give its Java implementation of the Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standard to WBEMsource, an open source initiative, also announced today. As a founding member of WBEMsource, Sun will be working with other leading companies and the broader development community to accelerate the development and deployment of standards-based systems management, with special focus on the Common Information Model (CIM)/WBEM standards managed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF). This new organization is comprised of industry leading companies working in an open community forum to develop and enhance practical implementations of WBEM- based management standards.
Sun will contribute its Java implementation for WBEM under the community initiative to enable faster adoption and accelerate development of other cross-platform implementations of standards-based management infrastructures accessible by all vendors. This improved accessibility and broader development effort will lead to better management tools, interoperability and overall lower costs for customers.
Sun's contribution allows developers to leverage and build upon Sun's WBEM implementation and the significant advancements it has made to the standard to date. The high costs of heterogeneous networks, consisting of hardware, software, and storage from multiple vendors, as well as the difficulty for these interconnected systems to be consistently managed by the same applications, increases the need for new management standards that will enable the exchange of information between management systems, applications and services.
"Our customers are facing challenges with reliability, availability and scalability in heterogeneous environments. We've invested in CIM/WBEM as key standards to tackle these problems," said David Douglas, vice president of System Management and Network Experience, Sun Microsystems. "Together the WBEM standard and Sun's implementation of this standard have provided the framework to create a new era of interoperable systems management."
Sun's opening up its WBEM implementation will foster a greater collaborative development effort. In addition, this will encourage third parties to develop best-of-breed management applications and tools that will help customers today and provide smart management services for the future. The decision to release the code under a commonly recognized open source license (SISSL) emphasizes Sun's desire to continually innovate technology through a community-based development model.
Sun has actively supported WBEM with Solaris WBEM Services and the delivery of a set of standards-based management tools that leverage new and emerging technologies such as the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and the Common Information Model (CIM). Sun's participation with the WBEMsource initiative allows it to continue to pursue new technologies that will assist in the development of the network computing model, and advance the development of web-based cross-platform management that supports the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE).