Although you might have forgotten the name, I'm sure you've heard of "Jini" before.
It's a blueprint for an infrastructure where networked devices can "plug and play". One of its primary architects was Bill Joy (the UC Berkeley student who wrote "vi", who invented sockets and who created most of the original SunOS operating system).
Whether or not it's commonly used - I don't know. Sun's website has a "Happy Customer" story about Orbitz using Jini:
For ongoing activity in the JINI community go to the jini.org web site. JINI is used in loosely coupled networks. As more and more devices get networked together, Jini becomes more interesting. For example, in the new buzzwords "GRID" computing and "Computing on demand." Bill
Isn't there a lot of common ground between JINI and JMX? They both look very similar in what they are trying to solve.
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I can't see that they are that similar. JINI is for general purpose connectivity in loose networks - you could certainly do management functions with JINI, but it is much more general than that.
Sun has been trying to get JMX going for many years - I guess they finally to the point where people found it useful, but it just languished for years. I don't know much about the latest version, except that it is used in Tomcat 5.