COSMOS: IBM, Cisco, Intel, HP and others propose to unify systems management tools

Summary:Competing system management vendors have joined together to propose the COSMOS project, a standard tools platform upon which software developers can create inter-operable management tools and plug-ins.

The mission of the proposed COSMOS Project (COmmunity Systems Management Open Source) is to create a standard tools platform upon which software developers can create inter-operable system management tools and plug-ins. "Systems management" encompasses such diverse activities as health monitoring, inventory tracking, deployment modeling, configuration change tracking, and so forth. The project will initially focus on a few specific problem areas including:

  • Resource monitoring
  • Transaction monitoring and correlation
  • Resource modeling

Data collection, correlating data from different sources, and presenting a unified monitoring user interface will be a big part of this. In true Eclipse fashion, several competing companies will work together to create the common framework on which they can build their own differentiated products. They include: IBM, OC Systems, GroundWork, Cisco, Intel, Compuware, HP, and possibly Sybase.

As an aside, if you've never heard of OC Systems, they make a nice tool I've used for instrumenting software applications on the fly called RootCause. In some ways RC's goals are similar to dtrace, but it runs on more systems.

Topics: Cisco

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Ed Burnette has been hooked on computers ever since he laid eyes on a TRS-80 in the local Radio Shack. Since graduating from NC State University he has programmed everything from serial device drivers and debuggers to web servers. After a delightful break working on commercial video games, Ed reluctantly returned to business software. He... Full Bio

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