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Subject: Announce repost: DCML Organization to Advance Data Center Standard Within OASIS


-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Geyer [mailto:carol.geyer@oasis-open.org] 
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 9:06 AM
To: announce@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: DCML Organization to Advance Data Center Standard Within OASIS

DCML Organization to Advance Data Center Standard Within OASIS

Organizations Join Forces to Develop and Promote Standard for Utility

Boston, MA and Sunnyvale, CA, USA; 30 August 2004--Plans were announced
today for the Data Center Markup Language (DCML) Organization to advance its
specification, technical agenda, membership, and operations as part of the
global OASIS standards consortium. Through this transition, DCML stands to
benefit from OASIS' broad membership base--more than 3,000 participants
representing over 600 organizations and individual members across 100
countries. The transition will result in the formation of the OASIS DCML
Member Section, which will promote the use of utility computing by providing
a standard way to represent the IT environment and enabling data center
automation and system management solutions to easily exchange information
about the environment under management.

"Transitioning the DCML Organization to OASIS marks the next significant
milestone in the development of the specification and promises to further
accelerate its adoption amongst organizations worldwide," said Louis Blatt
of Computer Associates, president of the DCML Organization. Blatt noted that
nearly half of OASIS member organizations represent end users, diversity
which he considers, "a key factor for ensuring the broad market adoption of
the DCML specification. OASIS has an impressive track record and offers DCML
access to deep resources across the industry. We expect the new OASIS DCML
Member Section will advance the current DCML specification to the status of
an internationally accepted OASIS Standard that will allow end users to
increase service levels and align their IT infrastructure with business

"The DCML Organization has demonstrated significant traction over the last
nine months and garnered tremendous vendor and end-user participation. Their
efforts offer exciting potential for managing the massive complexity that
exists in IT environments," commented Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of
OASIS. "We welcome the DCML community to OASIS and look forward to advancing
its mission of open standardization for utility computing." 

By moving its operations and technical committees under OASIS, DCML takes
advantage of the international consortium's respected open technical
process, transparent governance, and international reach. Founded in 1993,
OASIS produces widely adopted standards for Web services, security,
e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for
application-specific markets. DCML joins a host of specifications developed
at OASIS including the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), Web
Services Distributed Management (WSDM), Web Services Security (WSS), and
Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI). 

Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst, Donna Scott, applauded the
transition, saying, "OASIS is a natural fit for DCML and will provide the
global participation and momentum to drive the Framework Specification
forward. Today's data centers are struggling under many burdens, and
specifications such as DCML could become key to achieving an efficient,
automated IT infrastructure that provides the benefits of a real-time

The OASIS DCML Member Section will be managed by a Steering Committee made
up of the existing DCML board of directors that includes Louis Blatt of
Computer Associates, Darrel Thomas of EDS, and Sharmila Shahani of Opsware
Inc.; others may be added in the future. 

About DCML
The DCML Organization (http://www.dcml.org) is an open coalition of vendors
and users working to advance utility computing through the development and
adoption of the Data Center Markup Language (DCML). DCML is the first,
freely licensed specification that provides a structured model and encoding
to describe, construct, replicate, and recover data center environments and
elements. Founded in October 2003, the mission of the organization also
extends to DCML certification, compliance programs, and education. 

OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is a not-for-profit, global consortium
that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business
standards. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a
lightweight, open process expressly designed to promote industry consensus
and unite disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for
security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic
publishing, topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces.


Press contacts:

Karli Overmier
Barokas Public Relations for DCML
Tel: +1 206-344-3132

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications, OASIS
Tel: +1 978-667-5115 x209

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