Web services management spec work underway
Developing an XML-based standard for managing the
''reliability, availability and serviceability of Web services'' is the goal of a
newly formed OASIS technical committee, according to committee co-chair
From the practical IT perspective, the OASIS Web
Services Distributed Management (WSDM) Technical Committee will address the
issue of how to be sure Web services are operating when an application needs them,
While security is in the spotlight, Bumpus said
providing ''basic network management and monitoring functions'' for Web services are equally critical issues that need to
As he envisions it, once the WSDM (pronounced ''wisdom'') standard is
completed and adopted by the industry early next year, Web services applications
can operate in an architecture featuring a business port and a management port.
''We're used to Web services having a port for business
activities, so it's a way you reach that service and it provides business
functionality,'' Bumpus explained. ''Along those same lines, there needs to be
another port defined for the management of that service. So basically as
applications get developed under this new paradigm, one of their access ports to
that service will be for the business function and the other port will be for the management
capability of that function.''
Bumpus, director of standards at Novell Inc., said the
committee has more than 50 members, including representatives from Actional, BMC
Software, Computer Associates, Confluent Software, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi,
OpenNetwork, SeeBeyond, Sun Microsystems, Waveset and webMethods. The committee is co-chaired by Heather
Kreger of IBM.
Bumpus said the group expects to complete a draft WSDM standard approved by the full committee
by January 2004.
For more information go to http://www.oasis-open.org/.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.