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DMTF Newsletter: Volume 14, No. 1


Message from the Chairman: New Specification Naming Process Helps Clarify DMTF Progress

By: Mike Baskey, DMTF Chairman

DMTF has an exciting year ahead with a full event schedule and plans for continued industry development. We’re looking forward to continuing to work creatively and collaboratively with our members, both within the organization and with our many alliance partners.

We’re starting the year off with one important change to our specification naming process. The change involves the elimination of the “preliminary” stage in the evolution of DMTF specifications, which go from draft form into final standards. From now on, DMTF will refer to specifications as one of the following:

  1. Draft Standards- specifications released for review by DMTF members
  2. Standards- specifications that have been released to the general public by a Parent Committee

In addition to providing consistency with the rest of the industry, there were two key motivations for this change. The first, the term “preliminary” was creating confusion in our external communications. Outside vendors looking to implement our specifications were often uncertain about the maturity level of specs and whether they should wait to implement.

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Upcoming Events

February 24 - 27, 2009
7th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies
San Francisco, California

March 16 - 20, 2009
DMTF Alliance Partner Technical Symposium
San Jose, California

March 30 - 31, 2009
First USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism Berkeley, California

Watch this space for other DMTF events

For More Information

DMTF Membership
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Ann Jansen, Editor

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