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EDS Announces Standardized Data Center Language

EDS Announces Industry's First Standards Effort to Enable Utility Computing

Standardized Data Center Language Unlocks Promise of Utility Computing

Clients Experience Seamless Interoperability, Gain Efficiencies

Plano, Texas, USA. October 14, 2003.

EDS today announced the industry's first data center language standards effort, expanding its leadership position and beginning a new era in the utility computing market. EDS and Opsware Inc. launched the Data Center Markup Language (DCML) at an event in Boston, with several leading technology companies announcing support of the open standards effort.

DCML was created to empower companies with the most detailed, accurate and up-to-date information by managing the complexity associated with data center environments. DCML facilitates the exchange of vital information between key data center components and establishes a foundation to enable industry-wide utility computing.

"The market has been demanding solutions that deliver on utility computing's promises of flexibility, scalability, agility and cost savings," said Jeff Kelly, vice president of EDS Infrastructure Services. "Until now, the industry could only provide disconnected pieces of the solution. It's not enough to build a utility infrastructure and deliver utility-like services to your clients. Getting to the real value-add potential of utility computing requires a common, open data center language to bring together all the moving parts. Together, EDS and Opsware have delivered."

DCML helps maximize the value of utility investments by enabling the migration and consolidation of all data center application, server, software and hardware components, and providing a common language through which these components can communicate with one another. DCML also reduces the cost and time required for data center build-out, consolidation, migration and environment replication, enabling enterprises to implement and upgrade management systems more quickly and easily. DCML also dramatically reduces disaster recovery time by capturing critical configuration information and providing detailed instructions on how to reconstruct the data center environment.

DCML is the latest in a series of strategic initiatives EDS has made in the past year to build upon its utility computing capabilities and deliver solutions that drive enterprise agility. Included in these advancements are:

  • Real-time usage metering of data center processing power, facilitated by Ejasent software

  • Mobile information protection services, which deliver automated backup and restore services for laptops and desktops across distributed enterprises

  • Scaleable, automated Web, application and midrange hosting services, all backed by an industry-first 100-percent up-time guarantee and time-to-repair commitments as short as 15 minutes

  • Extended Connected Office (ECO), which connects mobile and remote workers using mobile data devices through the corporate firewall to access personal information, management systems, corporate data, collaboration services and enterprise applications on a fixed monthly rate per user

  • myCOE (my Consistent Office Environment), the first user-centric desktop solution that gives employees anywhere, anytime portal access to applications and enables them to choose desktop services on a pay- for-use basis.

"At EDS, we're about helping clients become agile enough to anticipate and respond to changing market dynamics to create real business value. Industry- wide adoption of DCML clearly sets the stage for exponential growth in utility computing innovation and utilization," Kelly said. "DCML provides the competitive advantage needed to unlock the promises of utility, enabling corporations to realize the benefits more quickly and with less frustration. Look how HTML changed things. We've just turned the same corner."

DCML specifications and details about the launch were announced today in a joint press release from EDS and Opsware. Visit for more information.

About EDS

EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company, delivers superior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS' core portfolio comprises information-technology and business process outsourcing services, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS' two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the world's leading high-value management consultancies, and PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and product design software. With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the Fortune 500. The company's stock is traded on the New York and London stock exchanges. Learn more at


Mark Southland - EDS
Tel: +1 972 797 3295

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story "Opsware and EDS Launch Data Center Markup Language (DCML) for Utility Computing."

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