Today at Enterprise Management World, Microsoft Corp. announced that it, along with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), BMC Software Inc., Computer Associates, Dell Inc., Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Intel Corporation, NEC Corp., Novell Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc., Symantec Corp. and WBEM Solutions Inc., has submitted the Web Services for Management (WS-Management) specification to the Distributed Management Task Force Inc. (DMTF) for further refinement and finalization as a Web services-based management standard. WS-Management provides a common manageability protocol that allows interoperability across heterogeneous hardware and operating system environments. The announcement was also made by Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server™ Division, in his keynote address at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005 (PDC05) in Los Angeles.
The Web services specification addresses the cost and complexity of IT management by providing a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across their entire IT infrastructure. By using Web services to manage IT systems, deployments that support WS-Management will enable IT managers to remotely access devices on their networks, regardless of whether the systems are just out of the box, powered down or otherwise unavailable.
Note that this overlaps with the Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) specification being touted by IBM and HP.