Distributed Management Task Force, Inc.

DMTF Frequently Asked Questions


What is DMTF?

Founded in 1992, the Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF) is an industry standards organization working to simplify the manageability of network-accessible technologies through open and collaborative efforts by leading technology companies. DMTF creates and drives the international adoption of interoperable management standards, supporting implementations that enable the management of diverse traditional and emerging technologies including cloud, virtualization, network and infrastructure.

Why are DMTF standards important to the industry?

DMTF enables a more integrated and cost effective approach to management through interoperable solutions. It has the support, tools and infrastructure for efficient development and collaboration. Its well-established IP Policy, as well as a streamlined approval process for specifications, minimizes time to market and promotes early adoption.

What are DMTF standards?

DMTF standards provide common management infrastructure components for instrumentation, control and communication in a platform-independent and technology neutral way. A complete list of DMTF standards is available here.

Who are DMTF's members?

DMTF has a global presence with members from 43 countries and local bodies in China and Japan. The DMTF board of directors is led by 13 innovative, industry-leading companies, including: Broadcom Corporation; CA Technologies; Dell; Emerson Network Power; Hitachi, Ltd.; HP; Intel Corporation; Lenovo; Microsoft Corporation; NetApp; Software AG; Telecom Italia and VMware, Inc.

What is the organizational structure of DMTF?

DMTF is led by its board of directors, which is responsible for establishing direction and strategy for the organization and the standards it delivers; a Technical Committee, which oversees the Work Groups to develop and document DMTF's standards; and a Marketing Task Force, which directs DMTF's overall industry marketing and communications efforts; The committees collaborate closely with all DMTF members. This organizational structure provides the support, tools and infrastructure for efficient development and collaboration.  DMTF has process alignment across all aspects of the organization, increasing efficiencies and overall agility – process overhead is now the lowest of any recognized standards body, second to none. In addition, DMTF has administrative support and other resources necessary to operate and promote new standards.

Does the DMTF work with other standards bodies?

DMTF works closely with other industry standards bodies in the development of DMTF standards, many of which have established Alliance Partnerships with DMTF. This work spans the entire spectrum of DMTF standards. Open Source development and contributing techniques supported by DMTF policies and infrastructure allow simultaneous development of standards and code. DMTF standards are internationally recognized by ANSI and ISO. DMTF has an established relationship and submission process with both bodies. Alliance partners benefit from reduced development time and greater interoperability, thereby creating larger markets for product-based systems and solutions that incorporate standards based interfaces and technologies. 

Why should my company join the DMTF?

DMTF is the ideal forum for industry leading companies to come together in a collegial and established environment to collaborate on relevant interoperable management standards. Member companies gain visibility through industry-wide marketing efforts and initiatives and early access and insights into the creation of DMTF specifications, underlying technologies, the architecture and those forging it. DMTF helps members reduce development, design and start up costs with collaborative development, tools, access to experts and broad knowledge base. Members gain early access and insights into the creation of DMTF specifications, underlying technologies, the architecture and those forging it. DMTF membership offers front-line access to DMTF standards and the opportunity to participate in the process of defining standards and programs. DMTF members have the opportunity to impact the industry through guidance and leadership.

Where can I learn more about DMTF Working Groups and Committees?

You can visit the Working Groups and Committees page for more information.

Where can I get more information about DMTF and its standards, including whitepapers and overview documents?

More information is available at our Learning Center where you can also find DMTF’s BrightTALK Channel hosting free webinars about DMTF standards and technologies.

How do I join DMTF?

The work of the DMTF is funded through membership dues that are among the most cost effective in the industry. For more information on joining DMTF, please go the Join Us section of the website.