DMTF standardizes virtual server management

By Denise Dubie, Network World |  Virtualization

The Distributed Management Task Force last week released a set of standard
profiles the industry group says will help IT professionals manage virtual servers.

The DMTF System Virtualization, Partitioning and Clustering (SVPC) work group
developed five profiles that are all based on the DMTF's Common Information
Model (CIM) standard, an open standard for interoperable exchange of management
information. According to the DMTF, basing standards on CIM helps IT managers
more easily incorporate new standards and specifications into existing management
tools.

"With the ever-increasing adoption of virtualization, DMTF aims to simplify
and provide ease-of-use for the virtual environment by creating an industry
standard for system virtualization management," says Winston Bumpus, DMTF
president. (Follow the latest wares in our constantly updating Server
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The profiles, available at the DMTF's Web
site
, enable capabilities to: discover and inventory virtual computer systems;
manage the life cycle of virtual systems; create, modify and delete virtual
resources; and monitor virtual systems for health and performance.

For instance, the System Virtualization Profile provides a service for manipulating
virtual computer systems and their resources, while the Virtual System Profile
defines basic control operations for activating, deactivating, pausing or suspending
a virtual system, according to the DMTF. Other profiles include the Generic
Device Resource Virtualization Profile, the Resource Allocation Profile and
the Allocation Capabilities profile.

Virtualization software makers and management vendors participated in the development
of the profiles and are working today to incorporate the standard into their
products.

"End users and software vendors have been clear that they need to be able
to leverage standards and avoid proprietary formats and licensing that lock
them to a single vendor or platform. VMware's participation in and contribution
to the DMTF SVPC work group reinforces our commitment to open, industry standards,"
said Stephen Herrod, vice president of technology development at VMware, in
a statement.

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