2018 Year-in-Review with DMTF President Jeff Hilland

Every year in our December issue, we take the opportunity to pause and reflect on the last twelve months. As we wrap up another highly productive year for DMTF, I’m happy to highlight the vast list of accomplishments the organization achieved in 2018:

Technical Milestones

Redfish

Technical work on the Redfish® standard takes place in DMTF's Redfish Forum (formerly known as the Scalable Platforms Management Forum, or SPMF), with significant progress this year including:

  • In April, DMTF announced that its Redfish standard has been adopted and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as ISO/IEC 30115:2018. Redfish’s publication by ISO/IEC as an International standard for Information Technology is expected to further accelerate worldwide adoption and interoperability.
  • Redfish 2018.1 was released in May, with additional schemas for LDAP/ActiveDirectory support, as well as Server Sent-Eventing (SSE), and more. As part of the Redfish 2018.1 release, DMTF also debuted its new Redfish Resource and Schema Guide – a human-readable guide to the Redfish Schema to help educate users of Redfish.
  • In September, updated Redfish DCIM Schemas were released as version 0.8 of the Redfish Data Center Equipment (DCIM) Model. 
  • Also in September, Redfish version 2018.2 was released, adding support for OpenAPI 3.0, as well as telemetry streaming and eventing, and improved event subscription methods. Redfish version 2018.3 is expected by year-end.

PMCI Working Group Standards

DMTF’s Platform Management Components Intercommunication (PMCI) Working Group defines standards to address “inside the box” communication interfaces between the components of the platform management subsystem. Among the notable technical milestones in 2018:

CIM

DMTF continues to provide a steady cadence of updates to the Common Information Model (CIM):

  • With the release of the CIM Schema, version 2.50 in January, DMTF marked an impressive milestone - fifty updates to CIM since the launch of 2.0.
  • CIM 2.51 was also released in 2018, continuing to provide common definitions of management information for systems, networks, applications and services. 

SMBIOS

DMTF’s System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) is one of the most widely-used IT standards in the world, simplifying the management of more than two billion client and server systems since its release in 1995.

Alliances and Open Source

Education and Events

International Activity

It has clearly been a busy year for DMTF! I hope all of our members and valued volunteers take a moment to feel pride in these achievements – without you, none of it would be possible. Thank you for a highly successful 2018, and we have plans for much more to come in 2019.