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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

DMTF Chairman: New Possibilities in FY 2008

DMTF Chairman Mike Baskey provides an update on Distributed Management
Task Force activities: "During the past year, we've continued to
streamline the processes both within our organization and in our work
with alliance partners. We are also developing a Conformance Program
that will enable customers to test conformance with the set of standards
that DMTF and our alliance partners are defining. Moreover, we expect
to launch several key initiatives this fiscal year. In addition to the
great work within the System Virtualization, Partitioning, and Clustering
(SVPC) working group around models and profiles, we expect to publish
the Open Virtualization Format ( OVF) specification for virtual appliances.
Another DMTF initiative focuses on federation of CMDBs (configuration
management databases); we expect a preliminary release of the CMDBf
standard this year as well. The CMDBf work within DMTF will connect our
organization to the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
and related process management space to increase the relevance of the
work we do in this area. A third DMTF initiative involves power and
energy management and ties into our collaborative work with The Green
Grid. This important development will improve energy efficiency in the
data center, which has great social significance as we wrestle with
the challenges in that domain... DMTF will also continue to make
significant strides in the areas of server and desktop management --
particularly in the integration of Web services into those and other
related device management initiatives. In addition, a greater degree
of interoperability and conformance testing/certification will become
a reality in this coming year -- a very exciting milestone for our
organization. We're also moving forward in getting more of the DMTF
specifications submitted to the International Standards Organization
(ISO), an increasingly important requirement as we expand our role in
the world of international standards and our industry ecosystem..."

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