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DMTF Builds Interoperability Program for Virtualization Management
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, today announced the formation of its Virtualization Management (VMAN) Forum, a group dedicated to promoting interoperability between products that support the VMAN standards. The forum will develop and conduct programs to determine specification conformance in the areas of system virtualization management, virtual system management, and the open virtualization format.

"DMTF is committed to enabling interoperable IT management solutions that use DMTF standards," said Winston Bumpus, DMTF president. "The creation of the VMAN Forum demonstrates our continued efforts to extend this commitment to virtualized environments, helping vendors develop more robust, interoperable solutions for deploying and managing virtual appliances and environments."

The VMAN Forum plans to develop a set of test tools for measuring conformance to the specifications included in DMTF's VMAN Initiative. These tools will allow DMTF members to confirm the conformance level of their products that implement DMTF virtualization management standards. The forum also plans to host plugfests to help identify interoperability issues among various implementations and validate conformance testing procedures.

"Standards-based management is a key enabler of virtualization technology," said Chris Wolf, a senior analyst with Burton Group. "Virtualization platform vendors, service providers, and IT organizations require efficient methods for validating standards compliance and interoperability. Tools capable of solving these challenges will accelerate standards-based virtual infrastructure management, while providing the necessary checks to ensure that a vendor's attempt at standards compliance is far more than a marketing checkbox."

Twenty leading companies in the virtualization management industry are currently participating in the VMAN Forum. These companies include:

Broadcom
Cisco
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Dell
Emulex
Fortisphere, Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Company
Hitachi, Ltd.
IBM
Infosys Technologies Limited
Intel Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
NextIO, Inc.
Novell
SAP AG
Solarflare Communications
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Symantec Corporation
VMware, Inc.
WBEM Solutions


Membership in the VMAN Forum is open to all DMTF members. Click here for more information, or to join the forum. Additional resources related to the DMTF VMAN Initiative are also available on the DMTF Web site.
Published Monday, May 04, 2009 8:56 AM by David Marshall
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