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Open Distributed Systems Management


SYSMAN aims to develop an integrated open architecture for the management of cooperative information processing applications in a heterogeneous distributed environment (ie, "distributed systems"). An integrated set of tools will be developed to support the key aspects of management, and will be demonstrated in industrial applications. In parallel with the project, but not funded by it, commercial products will be developed within the project timescale to provide management functionality for commercial open distributed processing products.

Three major issues converge in this project: Distributed Systems Management (DSM), Open Distributed Processing (ODP), and Configuration Management. These components are well recognised individually, and are already the focus of European collaborative research projects. (The term Distributed Systems Management (DSM) is ambiguous, but is commonly used to describe the management of cooperative information processing applications in a heterogeneous distributed environment.)

SYSMAN will extend the Advanced Network Systems Architecture (ANSA) to support the management of distributed applications in an ODP environment. It will extend the ANSAware implementation to provide integrated services for configuration management, management control, and security management; and also to non-OSI non-ODP systems integration. It will develop a generalised monitoring service for management services, and provide a generic user interface to domains and policies, extending this to individual management applications and automated management agents. Demonstrator applications will address significant market segments to validate the architectural extensions and tool design. By its relationship to the parallel Esprit project IDSM (6311), the project will develop an implementation able to work over the OSF DCE platform and to provide a common human interface for management over ANSAware and the OSF/DME.

The final aim of the project is to produce a package of management tools which, as well as performing their functions, is sufficiently reliable, well-documented and generalised to be commercialised with a minimum of effort.


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