Working with partners to help overcome barriers to full-scale Web services adoption, HP announced its plans to submit its Web Services Management Framework for industry review to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a global consortium driving the development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards.

With support from industry leaders such as Ascential Software, BEA Systems, Informatica, IONA, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO Software, Inc., and webMethods, among others, HP will make the framework specification available for public download and is delivering a call to action for other Web services- reliant companies to join the effort to create an industry standards-based solution for the management of, and through, Web services.

Enterprises demanding reduced information technology (IT) complexity and increased agility need to control access, track and measure service levels, collect usage data and, most importantly, ensure return on their IT investments. This can be achieved through an intelligently managed adaptive infrastructure that incorporates "built-in" Web services management within the design and deployment of their IT infrastructures. Developed by HP, with significant input from key partners, the Web Services Management Framework is a logical architecture for the management of resources, including Web services themselves, through Web services.

The framework defines how all IT resources in an adaptive enterprise can expose management information about themselves and how they can be managed. A management interface communicates immediate knowledge about changes in business processes and IT infrastructure whenever application and infrastructure events occur, and it gives companies the choice and flexibility to adopt future innovations and advance the management of their adaptive enterprise.

The framework also embraces standardization – one of the four design principles in HP's Darwin Reference Architecture – to provide customers and partners with a step-by-step approach to creating a business process-oriented IT environment that dynamically adjusts to business changes. The Darwin Reference architecture creates a tighter linkage between critical business processes and the supporting IT infrastructure and helps provide built-in manageability.

Model and platform neutral, the Web Services Management Framework is designed to be applied to many different domains with varying management requirements and allows for management of J2EE, .NET and other platforms. This allows it to better support important IT domains such as enterprise application integration, enterprise resource planning, software configuration management and Web services.

"HP is taking a leadership position in driving standards for Web services management," said Audrey Rasmussen, vice president, Enterprise Management Associates. "By offering a non-proprietary solution jointly developed with industry partners, HP will help speed the adoption of an open specification for the end-to-end management of Web services and, at the same time, help eliminate a key barrier to the development and deployment of Web services."

HP is working with leading standards consortia and partners to meet the emerging needs of IT administrators to monitor and actively manage Web services. The company is an active participant in OASIS, W3C, Liberty Alliance, Global Grid Forum and Web Service-Interoperability Organization. Industry leaders including Ascential Software, BEA Systems, Informatica, IONA, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO, and webMethods support the Web Services Management Framework.

The Web Services Management Framework 2.0 specification is available for download, at no cost, at http://devresource.hp.com/wsmf. The specification will be contributed to the OASIS WSDM technical committee during the next face- to-face meeting, scheduled for July 28. More information on HP management software and solutions is available at www.openview.hp.com.

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