XML, an Extensible Markup Language is a universal syntax for describing and structuring data independent from the application logic. XML is the most useful for communication among systems. Its main benefit lies in standardizing the exchange of information between systems and applications. XML promises to simplify and lower the cost of data interchange. XML is a text-based syntax that is readable by both computer and humans and offers data portability and reusability across different platforms and devices. It is also flexible and extensible, allowing new tags to be added without breaking an existing document structure.
For network management, XML provides the benefits of providing standard means of storing and exchanging management information. For example, XML driven configuration will allow more systems to interact and control the configuration. Access to the XML information is easily available with a web server. Network management will be able to use XML for standardizing configurations, inter-working between managers, communication with agents, configuration of devices, and much more. For more information on XML, please refer to http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml.