Common Event Infrastructure

Intelligent automation that saves time and improves resource utilization

IBM's initial implementation of the Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) Web Event Format (WEF) standard is the Common Base Event . The Common Event Infrastructure (CEI) is IBM's implementation of a consistent, unified set of APIs and infrastructure for the creation, transmission, persistence and distribution of a wide range of business, system and network Common Base Event formatted events.

CEI is based upon the Autonomic Computing Division's Common Base Event specification, which defines a standard format for event information, which devices and software use to keep track of transactions and other activity.

As a producer and consumer of events, IBM Software Group and System Group products will adopt these standards. The WSDM standard resulted from a collaborative industry effort and was approved in 2005 by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) standards body.

Common elements of CEI include:

Once embedded into a product, CEI has several interfaces and APIs that are exposed to the customer. These interfaces generally fall into the following categories:

"Organizations require a means of leveraging the full spectrum of system-related and business events across their extended enterprises. IBM's Common Event Infrastructure provides an effective framework for accomplishing this goal, fostering comprehensive, event-driven management capabilities across the complete IT environment, including Web services managed by AmberPoint."
- Paul Butterworth, Chief Technology Officer, AmberPoint

By sharing common event information, correlation from the business system outage to the IT resource outage where the problem is - is possible. Here are some examples:

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