System Management Forum (SMF)

The DMTF’s System Management Forum (SMF) develops and implements programs for verifying compliance of software and hardware that implement DMTF’s system management standards. This includes the Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH) and Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) standards. SMF also enables adoption of DASH and SMASH through programs and activities that allow developers to validate their implementations.

DMTF's DASH standard is a suite of specifications that takes full advantage of the DMTF’s Web Services for Management (WS-Management) specification – delivering standards-based web services management for desktop and mobile client systems. Through DASH, DMTF provides the next generation of standards for secure out-of-band and remote management of desktop and mobile systems.

DMTF's SMASH standard – which includes the Server Management Command Line Protocol specification – is a suite of specifications that deliver industry standard semantics, protocols and profiles to make data center resource management interoperable. 

Forum Membership

To participate in SMF, an organization must be a member of the DMTF at the Participation, Leadership or Board level, and must also join the Forum as a member. Granted at the company level, membership in the SMF allows an unlimited number of representatives from a member company to participate in Forum activities.

Annual membership dues - $5,000 for the SMF Leadership Level and $2,500 for SMF Participatory membership - are prorated for companies that join during the fiscal year (the new DMTF membership year begins on April 1).

Membership in SMF provides a number of valuable privileges:

Leadership Members ($5,000)

In addition to all rights granted to Participatory members, Leadership members of the SMF receive:

  • Access to all Forum governance, communication and documents
  • Eligibility for role as a Forum officer
  • Eligible for unlimited product submissions and DMTF registry listings
  • Ability to contribute company quotes to Forum publications and press releases

Participatory Members ($2,500)

Participatory members of the SMF receive the following privileges:

  • Participate in conference calls and face-to-face meetings of the Forum
  • Vote on all Forum matters
  • Early access to Forum conformance test suite software and process
  • Eligible for unlimited product submissions and DMTF registry listings
  • Company name listed in Forum publications and press releases
  • Participate in plugfests

Join the SMF members and take advantage of this unique opportunity to shape the future of systems management in the data center. For more information, DMTF members can view the full "Rules Governing Forum Membership" document on the SMF WG page


How to Join

If you are a current DMTF member at the Participation, Leadership or Board level, visit our Add Forum Membership page to join SMF.

If you are not yet a member of DMTF, you can sign up for both organization and Forum membership simultaneously via the New Company Sign-Up form. Select either the SMF Leadership or SMF Participatory level in the form’s optional “Forum Membership” drop-down. If you have any questions, please complete our Contact Us form.


Forum Dues Renewal

Existing Forum members will receive renewal invoices in late February for the upcoming membership year (April 1 to March 31).

If you have any questions about joining the DMTF’s SMF, please contact DMTF Administration.