SML :: Getting closer to reality

I told you about the SML Standard a while ago. Well it is still cool and it is making progress!! It seems last friday, while I was flying home, the standard was submitted to the W3C and is on it’s way to becoming a real standard. From the perspective of increasing basic infrastructure functionality in the data center, this standard has a lot of potential.

First go check out David’s description of SML.

Now think about it, if you are in the process of deploying a new set of servers in your datacenter and are using an automated deployment tool plus an SML infrastructure….your automated deployment tool could be notified that the network location your intern pointed the tool at was not protected by a firewall! In the last release of your app that would have been ok, but this release needed extra security on the front end. Luckily when the app was written, that need was understood and your SML infrastructure knew the difference because of SML…

Now that would be a really cool scenario, especially when we’re talking about the tools coming from best of breed vendors (and not ALL from one vendor). Of course there is a lot more work to do before they get there, but there are lots of places to keep track

Of course, if you want to get started on putting together a datacenter that already knows about the components in the datacenter (and how to fix them), you should check out the improved Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager…..yes they are licensing EMC’s SMARTS technology! Which means they would have all the technology available to them to automatically discover problems and contribute to solving them…..For example if Exchange needs a particular subnet to function for outbound email traffic to work and that subnet failed or began to have errors, they could notify both the network administrator and the server administrator of the potential or current issue…..That is a big deal, no more finger pointing, troubleshooting, etc! If you are the messaging admin, you could simply get an e-mail, instant message, voice message, phone call, or whatever other means of contact you have enabled in your environment, the message that you received would simply tell you of the issue and could include a link to the live meeting to discuss the situation further with the network team and work out ETR information that you could pass along to end users…..Even that sounds too good to be true, but considering the next generation (SML) is where the apps don’t need to be configured to talk to each other, it makes it sound easy…..Check out the webcast for more information

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