OASIS Consortium Takes On Data Center Markup Language

Plans were announced today for the Data Center Markup Language (DCML) Organization to become part of the global OASIS standards consortium. Through this shift in proprietorship, the DCML Organization could benefit from the OASIS 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 group, which will focus on utility computing and providing a standard way to represent the IT environment. DCML, like other markup languages, is designed to structure information, in this case a data-center environment.

“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.

By moving its operations and technical committees under OASIS, DCML can take advantage of the international consortium’s open technical process, transparent governance and international reach. Founded in 1993, OASIS produces adopted standards for Web services, security, e-business and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets.

Gartner vice president 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 infrastructure.”

The DCML Organization is a coalition of vendors and users working to advance utility computing through the development and adoption of the markup language. According to the DCML Organization, DCML is the first freely licensed specification that provides a structured model to describe, construct, replicate, and recover data-center environments and elements.

Founded in October 2003, the mission of the organization extends to DCML certification, compliance programs and education.

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