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open systems interconnection (OSI)

Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) is an initiative launched by the International Standards Organization(ISO) for cross-vendor communication of systems, devices and components.

Open communication describes internationally agreed standards with which open systems work and defines the rules for implementing these standards.

Open communication systems are defined as a combination of network hardware and network and system software that allows the unrestricted exchange of information between these devices based on common protocol agreements and interfaces, regardless of the other design and equipment of these devices. Systems implementing OSI protocols are an example of this. The basis for open communication was laid with the OSI reference model.

The OSI standards are freely available and not protected by licenses.

Englisch: open systems interconnection - OSI
Updated at: 13.03.2012
#Words: 115
Links: international organization for standardization (ISO), communication (COM), network, hardware (HW), system software
Translations: DE

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