Sun announced the final release of the Federated Management Architecture
(FMA) Specification 1.0, a Java technology-based component
architecture and management services for automated, dynamic network
management. The FMA specification provides a standard for communication
between applications, services, and devices across a heterogeneous
network, which will enable developers to easily create solutions for
complex distributed environments. The FMA Reference Implementation (RI)
source code is freely available for R&D use under the Sun Community
Source License (SCSL).
"The FMA Specification sets the stage for advanced, intelligent
management of distributed network devices and applications," said Denise
Shiffman, vice president of marketing for Sun Network Storage. "Applying
this technology to the complex world of storage networks will enable
quick development of interoperable management solutions that allow
customers to easily manage heterogeneous networks."
The FMA Specification defines a dynamic services model where management
services freely interact anywhere on a network. It also defines basic
management services such as events, logging, lookup, scheduling, and
transactions using common programming interfaces.
The FMA RI has passed the specification compatibility test suite (CTS),
certifying that it follows the FMA Specification and illustrating that
the advanced technology in the specification works. The RI can be
downloaded at http://java.sun.com/aboutJava/communityprocess/final.html.
The FMA Specification was created in an open review environment under
the Java Community Process (JCP) program by an expert group made up
of storage industry leaders. FMA expert group members include Ancor
Communications, Exabyte, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Hitachi
LTD. subsidiaries, Legato Systems, Quantum, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems
and VERITAS Software.
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