Message from the Chairman: New Possibilities in
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.