Perhaps something that happened almost two weeks ago isn't news to most, but I'm still digging through e-mail I received while I was on vacation. While I was out, System Definition Model (SDM) became Service Modeling Language (SML) when it was released at the end of July as a draft specification by: BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.
Kirill Tatarinov, Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows and Enterprise Management Division had this to say:
We are delighted to offer the work initiated by Microsoft on the System Definition Model (SDM) to create this joint specification with our partners. SDM has been a key element of our Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) and we’ll continue our DSI work using SML. SDM will be renamed SML, and the supporting infrastructure will be referred to as the SML platform, in support of our full implementation of this specification in Windows®, System Center, Visual Studio® and eventually all Microsoft product offerings. This is a great day for our customers operating in heterogeneous environments, with this effort facilitating deep integration across heterogeneous environments and tools based on a common modeling language.”
I think this is an important step for our DSI to see SML supported by so many big names in the industry.