Fujitsu said on Tuesday that it plans to join IBM in promoting standards for automating the administration of corporate networks. The two companies said they will back a standard proposal called Web Services Distributed Management Event Format, which provides a common way of reporting network events, such as a failed server or a drop in application performance.
The originalwas developed by IBM as part of its autonomic computing initiative, which brought together a number of technologies for making computers more able to manage themselves. The specification was submitted to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a standards group. Fujitsu and IBM have also started drafting technical specifications, which they intend to propose as industry standards, for managing networks with equipment from different suppliers.