The Data Center Markup Language (DCML) Organization announced continued momentum as BMC Software Inc., a leader in enterprise management, and Fujitsu Siemens Computers joined the industry-wide DCML effort. Additionally, representatives from the thirty-seven companies comprising the DCML Organization will hold the first working group session today in San Francisco.

Representatives will work to further define the DCML specification, which serves as a vital component to improving data center manageability and the foundation for realizing a utility computing environment. DCML provides a common language to enable data center automation, utility computing, and system management solutions to exchange information about the data center environment, making the vision of automated computing a reality. The DCML organization is open to a broad range of technology vendors and Global 2000 companies committed to creating a technically robust open specification.

In mid-October, several leading technology companies launched DCML, the first open standard for the data center. DCML promises to be to the data center what HTML was to the Internet, providing the industry's first vendor- neutral, open standard language to describe disparate data center environments. For bold technology initiatives such as utility computing to take hold, a common language that binds the various elements in a data center together needs to be embraced.

Today, DCML is supported by thirty-seven companies seeking to bring greater operational efficiencies and increased visibility into the data center. DCML members include Opsware, EDS, Computer Associates, BEA Systems, Mercury Interactive, Tibco, Micromuse, BMC Software, Fujitsu Siemens, Marimba, Akamai Technologies, NetIQ, Tripwire, Inkra Networks, Egenera, ITM Software, AlterPoint, BladeLogic, Blue Titan, Centrata, Configuresoft, Consera, Ejasent, Euclid, Inflow, Racemi, Relicore, F5 Networks, Aperture Technologies, Collation Inc., Amphus Inc., OSA Technologies, Connectria, Vieo, Invio, Rendition Networks, and Evident Software.

The DCML Organization is an open, independent, vendor neutral, non-profit corporation being formed to create an open, freely licensed specification, Data Center Markup Language (DCML), and to encourage its broad adoption. DCML is the first standard that provides a structured model and encoding to describe, construct, replicate and recover data center environments and elements. DCML is designed to provide a mechanism to enable data center automation, utility computing and system management solutions to exchange information about the environment to make utility computing a reality. In addition to developing specifications, the organization intends to work with formal standards bodies, enable and administer certification and compliance programs, and perform user and market education. For more information about how to join the DCML Organization, or to learn more about planned activities and DCML, visit http://www.dcml.org.

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