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Subject: OASIS TC Call For Participation: OASIS DCML Framework TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS DCML 
Framework (DCML-Frame) TC has been proposed by the following members of 
OASIS: Darrel Thomas, EDS; Jack Kudale, Computer Associates; Tim Howes 
and Phillip Liu, Opsware Inc; Dave Roberts, Inkra Networks; Moshe Bar 
and Joe Pasqua, Qlusters; Ajay Gummadi, Rendition Networks; Kevin Smith, 
Fujitsu-Siemens; Noam Fraenkel, Mercury Interactive; Josh Sirota, BMC; 
Barak Perlman, Etagon; and Duke Tantiprasut, Micromuse.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process 
(see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to 
this message. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of 
deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will 
constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be 
clarified (revised); such clarifications (revisions), as well as 
submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning 
of technical discussions may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a 
member of the TC at the first meeting are that you must 1) be an 
employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of 
OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 
days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the 
TC. For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS 
collaborative tools, go to the TC's public web page at 
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dcml-frame and click on the button 
for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the 
roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become 
a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent 
to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above.

OASIS members may also join the TC after the first meeting. Note that 
membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

Non-OASIS members may read the TC's mail list archive, view the TC's web 
page, and send comments to the TC using a web form available on the TC's 
web page; click the "Send A Comment" button. The archives of the TC's 
mail list and public comments are visible at 

Further information about the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover 
Pages under the title "Standards for Automated Resource Management in 
the Computing Environment" at 

(Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other applicable 


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

Name of the TC

OASIS DCML Framework Technical Committee (DCML-Frame TC)

Statement of Purpose

The Data Center Markup Language (DCML) is an XML-based specification for 
representing the contents of data centers and information used in 
managing those contents. The overall goal of the OASIS DCML TCs is to 
support the development of a holistic set of standards related to the 
automated management of data center infrastructure. This TC is part of 
the OASIS DCML Member Section.

The purpose of the OASIS DCML Framework TC is to create a data model and 
format for exchanging information about the contents of data centers and 
other IT resources, and the information used in managing those contents. 
The OASIS DCML Framework TC will continue work on the DCML Framework 
specification produced by the DCML organization. The Framework 
specification will be used as the foundation by other OASIS DCML TCs in 
creating DCML sub-specifications aimed at representing specific types of 
information. The DCML Framework specification will define the overall 
approach, concepts and structures fundamental to DCML’s description and 
manipulation of data center elements and the policies governing their 
management. The Framework TC will define the process by which other 
working groups extend DCML definitions to support specific classes of 
applications, for example, the servers, software, applications, 
networking and storage components, management policies and best 
practices in a data center.

The goal of the OASIS DCML Framework TC is to enable the systems and 
people managing data center and other IT environments to exchange 
configuration, policy and operating information in a reliable, 
standardized manner that works across a wide variety of products, 
methods and topologies. An abstract, unified set of descriptions will 
allow data center managers to

* enable communication among the many data center management systems;
* swap out and replace components;
* upgrade or augment functions, such as by adding servers or services;
* plan for and execute the configuration and reconfiguration of newly 
installed hardware and software;

all using re-usable referents and methods across a data center as it 
grows and changes. Among other things, by cooperating in a common set of 
definitions and methods, vendors and users will facilitate improved 
management and visibility, and enable increased automation of data 
center management by describing environments in a format highly 
accessible to automated processing.

Scope of the TC

The scope of DCML Framework TC is limited to defining a data format for 
describing components and information used to manage those components, 
use cases driving the format, and the process by which the data format 
can be extended. The framework specification will define rules and 
conventions for naming, extensibility, representation in XML, security, 
processing of DCML documents, referencing and incorporating outside 
information, versioning, and other fundamental concepts. However, DCML 
will be designed to interoperate with a variety of other models and 
methods potentially useful to a described network or system.

To fully realize the goals described above, much more is needed. For 
example, data in DCML format must be transferred between systems using 
some kind of protocol; the data must be accessed using some kind of 
application program interface; and all this must happen within one or 
more implementation frameworks. In addition, successful implementation 
and adoption of the DCML standard may require the development of 
ancillary materials such as implementation guidelines and certification 
frameworks. Such things are important work areas for future TCs, but 
they are explicitly outside the scope of the OASIS DCML Framework TC.

List of Deliverables, with Completion Dates

The DCML Framework TC will produce the following deliverables:

* DCML Framework Use Case document to be completed by January 2005
* DCML Framework Specification v1.0 to be completed by March 2005
* DCML Framework Specification Users Guide to be completed by March 2005


We anticipate the work of the OASIS DCML Framework TC will be used by a 
number of groups:

* Other TCs defining DCML sub-specifications for particular DCML 
applications (e.g., applications and services, networking, servers)
* Future TCs tackling the out-of-scope work items mentioned above
* End users and vendors seeking to create bilaterally agreed upon DCML 
extensions for particular DCML applications
* The general public with an interest in learning more about DCML


The TC will conduct its business in English.

Non-charter information for the purpose of launching the TC:

Related Work

To the knowledge of the proposers, DCML is unique in its scope of 
problem and solution method. DCML will leverage standards developed by 
other groups as appropriate. The OASIS DCML Framework TC will actively 
seek out and collaborate with other groups doing complementary work, 
both inside and outside of OASIS, which may include the following:

* DMTF Common Information Model

Anticipated Contributions of Existing Work

The proposers intend that the OASIS DCML Framework TC use as its 
starting point the draft DCML Framework specification developed by the 
DCML Framework Working Group of the DCML Organization.

First Meeting

The first meeting of the TC will be a teleconference meeting hosted by 
the OASIS DCML Member Section on 15 November 2004 at 10:00 am Pacific.

On-going Meeting Schedule

The proposers anticipate that the TC will meet face to face at least 
quarterly, with at least monthly teleconference meetings in between. The 
TC will also conduct technical discussions via email.


Darrel Thomas <darrel.thomas@eds.com> of Electronic Data Systems
Jack Kudale < Jack.Kudale@ca.com> of Computer Associates
Tim Howes <howes@opsware.com> of Opsware Inc
Phillip Liu <phillip@opsware.com> of Opsware Inc
Dave Roberts <dave@inkra.com> of Inkra Networks
Moshe Bar <moshe@qlusters.com> of Qlusters
Joe Pasqua <joe.pasqua@qlusters.com> of Qlusters
Ajay Gummadi <Ajay@renditionnetworks.com> of Rendition Networks
Kevin Smith <Kevin.Smith@fujitsu-siemens.com> of Fujitsu-Siemens
Noam Fraenkel <nfraenkel@mercury.com> of Mercury Interactive
Josh Sirota <josh_sirota@bmc.com> of BMC
Barak Perlman <Barak_Perlman@etagon.com> of Etagon
Duke Tantiprasut <dtantipr@micromuse.com> of Micromuse

TC Convener

Tim Howes, Opsware, howes@opsware.com

TC Chair Nominee

Tim Howes, Opsware, howes@opsware.com

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