NETMAN Network Management Initiative

DMTF’s Network Management Initiative (NETMAN™) is an integrated set of standards for management of physical, virtual, application-centric and software defined networks. 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.

While cloud, virtualization and software defined networking have eased the use of network functions for consumers, the challenges of deploying and managing the network supporting these infrastructures have magnified. Addressing the current complexity and abstraction, DMTF’s NETMAN will provide the necessary standards-based management models and interfaces to enable consistent, unified and automated provisioning, deployment, configuration, and monitoring of network environments. Moreover, the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) initiative ( significantly benefits from NETMAN.

Today’s existing and emerging network management standards do not attempt to integrate with server, virtualization and cloud management standards to simplify and unify the management of the overall infrastructure. Building upon DMTF’s widely-deployed management standards, NETMAN is in the unique position to:

  • Facilitate interoperable management across multiple network environments
  • Enable a common management infrastructure for network resources and services that can span across multiple implementations, including open source solutions
  • Deliver effective management of the network environment within new paradigms such as SDDC and NFV

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DMTF Profiles

DSP # Version Title Date Comments Versions
DSP1120 1.0.0 Network Management - Tunnel Management Profile 7 Sep 2018 Standard View
DSP1065 1.0.0 Network Management - Virtual Routing and Forwarding Profile 4 Sep 2018 Standard View
DSP1063 1.0.0 Network Management Layer3 Interface Profile 11 Jun 2018 Standard View
DSP1048 1.0.0 Network Policy Management Profile 1 Mar 2021 Standard View
DSP1046 1.0.0 Network Management Profile 18 May 2020 Standard View

Historical Documents

DSP # Version Title Date Comments
DSP2034 1.0.0a Network Services Management Use Cases 1 Apr 2013 Historical
DSP1120 1.0.0b Network Management - Tunnel Management Profile 25 Feb 2016 Historical
DSP1069 1.1.0g DNS Service Management Profile 26 Feb 2016 Historical
DSP1068 1.0.0c DHCP Service Management Profile 12 Jan 2016 Historical
DSP1046 1.0.0b Network Management Profile 23 Jun 2015 Historical