DMTF Learning Center

Welcome to the DMTF Learning Center, designed to provide you with easy access to the latest DMTF educational resources, sorted by technology. 

Who is the DMTF?

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. View the following DMTF overview materials for more information:

Technology Diagrams

The DMTF standards listed below simplify management at each level of today’s complex infrastructures, enabling effective management of the entire ecosystem. For an illustration of DMTF technologies and the relationships between them, view our technology diagrams:

DMTF Standards and Technologies Education


Cloud Auditing Data Federation (CADF)

The Cloud Auditing Data Federation (CADF) standard defines a full event model anyone can use to fill in the essential data needed to certify, self-manage and self-audit application security in cloud environments.

Platform Management Components Intercommunication (PMCI)

PMCI standards address “inside the box” communication and functional interfaces between the components of the platform management subsystem.

Cloud Management Initiative (CLOUD)

The DMTF has multiple standards and working groups addressing cloud management, and the Cloud Management Initiative brings this work together for an integrated approach.


Designed to meet the expectations of end users for simple, modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware, the DMTF’s Redfish is an open industry standard specification and schema that specifies a RESTful interface and utilizes JSON and OData to help customers integrate solutions within their existing tool chains. 

Common Diagnostic Model (CDM)

Widely used to evaluate the health of computer systems in multi-vendor environments, CDM creates diagnostic instrumentation that can be utilized by platform management applications, enabling integration of diagnostics into critical management functions.

Storage Management

DMTF standards serve as the foundation for the successful management of storage technologies in the heterogeneous data center. The Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) is developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to standardize interoperable storage management technologies, based on the rich foundation provided by the DMTF’s CIM and WBEM.

Common Information Model (CIM)

CIM provides a common definition of management information for systems, networks, applications and services, and allows for vendor extensions. The CIM standard includes a Specification and a Schema, as well as a Metamodel, and is described using the DMTF's Managed Object Format (MOF) syntax.

Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH)

SMASH is a suite of specifications that delivers industry standard semantics, protocols and profiles to make data center resource management interoperable. SMASH’s Server Management Command Line Protocol (SM CLP) has been adopted and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO/IEC 13187:2011 and the American National Standard Institute International Committee for Information Technology Standards as INCITS 438-2008.

Configuration Management Database Federation (CMDBf)

A Configuration Management Database is used to store Configuration Records throughout their Lifecycle. This standard supports a federated CMDB that provides a single aggregate view of an IT resource, even if the data is from heterogeneous sources. 

System Management BIOS (SMBIOS)

For OS-present, OS-absent, and pre-OS environments, SMBIOS is the premier standard for delivering management information via system firmware. Since its release in 1995, the widely implemented SMBIOS standard has simplified the management of more than two billion client and server systems.  

Desktop and Mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH)

DASH is a suite of specifications that takes full advantage of DMTF’s Web Services for Management (WS-MAN) specification – delivering standards-based web services management for secure out-of-band and remote management of desktop and mobile systems.

Virtualization Management (VMAN)

VMAN is a set of specifications, including DMTF’s OVF, which address the management lifecycle of a virtual environment. VMAN has been adopted and published by the American National Standard Institute International Committee for Information Technology Standards as INCITS 483-2012.

Network Management Initiative (NETMAN)

The NETMAN initiative is leading the industry toward the unification of network management across traditional data centers, cloud infrastructures, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) environments, and software defined data center (SDDC) ecosystems.

Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM)

WBEM is a set of specifications that define how resources modeled using the DMTF’s Common Information Model (CIM) can be discovered, accessed and manipulated.

Open Virtualization Format (OVF)

OVF provides a standard packaging format for software solutions based on virtual systems, solving critical business needs for software vendors and cloud computing service providers.  OVF has been adopted and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as ISO 17203.

Web Services Management (WS-MAN)

WS-Man provides interoperability between management applications and managed resources, and identifies a core set of web service specifications and usage requirements that expose a common set of operations central to all systems management. WS-Man has been adopted and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as ISO/IEC 17963:2013.

  • Visit the WS-MAN page for more information