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open standards

Specifications for hardware or software that are developed by a standards organization or a consortium involved in supporting a standard. Available to the public for developing compliant products, open standards imply "open systems;" that an existing component in a system can be replaced with that of another vendor. Although many vendors may have contributed to an open standard, and one may have contributed more than others and even have great influence, an open standard is not completely controlled by a single vendor. Contrast with proprietary standards. See open system, open source and de facto standard.
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"Open standards, such as the Globus Toolkit, are an important part of that growth.
Many observers feel that to truly be an open standard, the entire WS-Security scheme--including the recent additions-needs to go through OASIS, a non-profit, global consortium that develops and supports e-business standards, including XML and SAML.
A group of leading on-line financial institutions and mobile manufacturers, including the Nordic companies MeritaNordbanken, SEB-Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Ericsson and Nokia, have formed a global forum develop open standards in mobile financial services.
These proxy agents, which are starting to emerge from vendor labs today, are able to bring legacy systems into the open standards world, without compromising the varying vendor proprietary architectures.
They also can contribute to open standards and broader interoperability between applications by providing open source developers with a solid base of innovation they can use and share.
"We are confident even more customers will love their legacy systems due to the increased benefits offered on the new Dorado mainframes--increased performance, access to a wide variety of open standards tools and applications and simplified cost control.
But the commitment to open standards needs to be a top-down matter of corporate policy for all the new signatories to the new SNIF.
"The marriage of 64-bit SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 and IBM's 64-bit zSeries platform combines the traditional strengths of the latest IBM mainframe servers with the flexibility and open standards of SuSE Linux," explains Cameron Jenkins, Acucorp's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.