IBM Announces Immediate Availability Of Service Management Framework Version 3.0

Production-Ready Framework Is Designed To Be Compliant With OSGi Service Platform Release 2

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SOMERS, NY - 02 Nov 2001: IBM today announced the immediate availability of a production-ready software management framework for network-delivered applications, to better meet the needs of internet ready device manufacturers and service providers, such as telcos, ISPs, cable companies, and power utilities. The updated framework and tool kit, called the Service Management Framework(TM) (SMF) Version 3.0, contains a complete implementation of the OSGi (Open Services Gateway Initiative) Service Platform Release 2 specification.

Digital media-- music, audio, and video-- is increasingly being shared across devices. Professionals can connect to be reachable in their offices, cars, and homes. The OSGi specification enables telcos, cable operators, utilities and other service providers to deliver differentiated services over their networks to these communities with secure, scalable and reliable metrics. End devices include mobile devices, set top boxes, service gateways, cable modems, interactive game consoles, high-end consumer electronics, and PCs. IBM's SMF was designed to use fewer resources in embedded devices-- helping to control the cost of such devices. SMF also complements IBM VisualAge Micro Edition, by allowing developers to save memory by executing java code directly from flash memory, rather than having to copy the code to RAM memory in order to execute. SMF is designed to run on very small java class libraries, also helping reduce resource costs.

Enhancements to the new version of SMF include new standardized configuration management and multi-user support for bundles (OSGi applications)-- eliminating the need for bundle programmers to develop their own multi-user and configuration management functions. Additionally, full Java 2 permission support allows services to be kept separate and secure-- critical for providers fielding multiple services. SMF Version 3.0 also features an embedded HTTP server that allows servlet applications to be deployed, and a device access model that allows other locally connected devices to be accessed.

"IBM has a production ready framework available-- today-- that completely implements features of OSGi Service Platform Release 2," said Jon Prial, Director of Marketing and Strategy for IBM's Pervasive Computing Division. "This demonstrates IBM's continued commitment to the embedded software market, to OSGi, and to open, standards based software as the key to market innovation and growth. Standards are the framework that enables interoperability, choice and competitive differentiation among internet ready devices."

For more information or to download the Service Management Framework Version 3.0, visit www.ibm.com/pvc/products/wes_embedded/index.shtml.

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