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DMTF Newsletter: Volume 13, No. 1

Message from the Chairman: New Possibilities in FY 2008

By Mike Baskey, DMTF Chairman

April 1 marks the beginning of the 2008 fiscal year for DMTF. As I take stock, I’m very excited about how far we’ve come, the present initiatives within DMTF, and the potential to expand our contributions within the industry even further.

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 our specs 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.

Finally, I’d like to encourage members of DMTF to think about how you would like to advance the organization. One area slated for improvement is the integration and coordination across the various DMTF initiatives to enable customers to see more consistency and connections between the various specifications. We’re looking for additional domains where DMTF’s expertise and capabilities can be leveraged – whether for mobile devices, industry-specific resources, or some other adjacent spaces. These areas will most likely require partnerships with groups that have subject matter expertise but lack some of the management disciplines that the DMTF represents through our collective experience and insights.

All in all, FY 2008 should be a very exciting year, and I’m looking forward to working with the entire organization to make these possibilities a reality. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments at

Mike Baskey
DMTF Chairman

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