OVFWG Open Virtualization Format Working Group (OVFWG)


Working Group Description

The rapid adoption of virtual infrastructure has highlighted the need for a standard, portable metadata format for the distribution of virtual systems onto and between virtualization platforms. The DMTF’s Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Working Group produces the OVF standard, which provides the industry with a standard packaging format for software solutions based on virtual systems. OVF has been adopted and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as ISO 17203.

In the modern cloud computing era, OVF provides a platform independent, efficient, open and extensible packaging and distribution format that facilitates the mobility of virtual machines and gives customers platform independence. This group’s work is also utilized in the DMTF’s Cloud Management Initiative.

DMTF Specifications

DSP # Version Title Date Comments Versions
DSP0265 1.0.0 Profile to Enable Automated Deployment of OVF Packages 27 Jun 2013 Standard View
DSP0243 2.1.1 Open Virtualization Format Specification 27 Aug 2015 Standard View

White Papers and Technical Notes

DSP # Version Title Date Comments Versions
DSP2017 2.0.0 Open Virtualization Format White Paper 24 Apr 2014 Informational View


DSP # Version Title Date Comments Versions
DSP8027 1.0.0 OVF Environment 2 Mar 2009 Standard View
DSP8023 2.0.1 OVF Envelope XSD 25 Aug 2013 Standard View