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XML-Based Desktop Management Standards Advance

The Distributed Management Task Force provided details this week on new Web Services-based specifications that could standardize and simplify mobile and desktop management.

It isn't often that competitors like Intel and AMD, Microsoft and Symantec or Dell, HP and IBM can all agree on something. When they do, it either represents the future of the PC industry or is so meaningless that it can be largely ignored in practice. DASH is still at the white paper stage, but judging from the WS-Management spec from which it is derived it looks like a bit of both.
DASH is important because it will let enterprises use the WS-Management protocol for desktop and laptop PCs, potentially bringing client-side hardware into a SOA. However, the WS standards are designed to be extensible and most vendors describe their plans as standards-based (rather than truly standardized) so cross-vendor interoperability may be difficult to achieve.
Andy Dornan
NWC Technology Analyst

In a white paper published Thursday, the DMTF outlined the objectives of the Desktop and Mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH) Initiative. The goal of DASH is to produce specifications that describe architectural semantics, standard protocols and profiles that vendors can use to create standard desktop and mobile management application interfaces. Such DASH-based interfaces would be independent of the machine state, operating system or manufacturer, so the same set of interfaces could be used by any vendor to create management tools.

The specifications, which are themselves based on the Web Services for Management (WS-Management) specification, promise to standardize client system management by giving multiple vendors access to the same common protocols.

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