Standards and Technology
DMTF defines management standards supported by numerous hardware, software and services vendors. Standards-based management allows you to select the best products for today without worrying about proprietary hassles in the future.
Featured Effort: DMTF Cloud Management Work Group
Workgroup Formed to Address Management Interoperability for Cloud Systems
Technologies like cloud computing and virtualization are rapidly being adopted by enterprise IT managers to better deliver services to their customers, lower IT costs and improve operational efficiencies.
DMTF’s Cloud Management Work Group (CMWG) will focus on standardizing interactions between cloud environments by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats and security mechanisms to facilitate interoperability.
DMTF Technology Diagram
DMTF standards enable effective management of IT environments through well-defined interfaces that collectively deliver complete management capabilities. DMTF standard interfaces are critical to enabling interoperability among multi-vendor IT infrastructures, and systems and network management including cloud, virtualization, desktop, network, servers and storage.
For an animated illustration of how DMTF’s standards simplify management at each level of today’s infrastructures (including Cloud environments), view the DMTF Management Technologies animated diagram.
For a more technical view of our standards and technologies (and the relationships between them), technical developers can view the DMTF Components Diagram.
Management initiatives are built upon DMTF technologies, and deliver functionality to specific vertical applications and industries. Management Initiatives include:
- Cloud Management (Cloud) Initiative
- Common Diagnostic Model (CDM) Initiative
- Common Information Model (CIM) Initiative
- Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH) Initiative
- Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) Initiative
- Virtualization Management (VMAN) Initiative
DMTF Technologies (Standards)
Management standards are:
- Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM)
- WBEM is a set of management and Internet standard technologies developed to unify the management of enterprise computing environments. The WBEM effort includes the WBM protocols and bindings as well as WBEM Infrastructure.
- Alert Standard Format (ASF)
- This specification defines remote control and alerting interfaces that best serve clients' OS-absent environments.
- Open Virtualization Format (OVF)
- DMTF’s Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is a packaging standard designed to address the portability and deployment of virtual machines or virtual computer systems.
- System Management BIOS (SMBIOS)
- The SMBIOS Specification addresses how motherboard and system vendors present management information about their products in a standard format by extending the BIOS interface on x86 architecture systems.
- Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
- DMI generates a standard framework for managing and tracking components in a desktop pc, notebook or server. Due to the rapid advancement of DMTF technologies, such as CIM, the DMTF defined an "End of Life" process for DMI, which ended March 31, 2005.
- Configuration Management Database Federation (CMDBf)
- The Configuration Management Database Federation (CMDBf) standard facilitates the sharing of information between configuration management databases (CMDBs) and other management data repositories (MDRs).
- Platform Management Components Intercommunication (PMCI) Standards
- The PMCI standards provide a comprehensive, common architecture for intercommunications among management subsystem components.
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DMTF Feedback Policy
The DMTF welcomes feedback on our standards, but requires that individuals submitting comments first agree to our DMTF Feedback Policy.
DMTF Conformance Programs
DMTF conformance programs test programs to promote management interoperability between products that support DMTF standards.