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DMTF Launches VMAN Initiative for Managing Virtualized Systems

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) announced the Virtualization Management Initiative (VMAN). The VMAN Initiative unleashes the power of virtualization by delivering broadly supported interoperability and portability standards to virtual computing environments. VMAN provides IT managers the freedom to deploy pre-installed, pre-configured solutions across heterogeneous computing networks and to manage those applications through their entire lifecycle. This Initiative delivers much-needed open industry standards to the management of virtualized environments.

Virtualization has enhanced the IT industry landscape by optimizing usage of existing physical resources and helping reduce the number of systems deployed and managed. This consolidation helps reduce hardware costs and mitigates power and cooling needs. However, even with the efficiencies virtualization offers, this new approach adds IT cost as a result of increased system management complexity.

The VMAN Initiative will help reduce the complexity and cost of virtualization management for IT managers. Also, because the DMTF builds on existing standards for server hardware, management tool vendors can more easily provide holistic management capabilities that allow IT managers to manage their virtual environments in the context of the underlying hardware. This lowers the IT learning curve, and also lowers complexity for vendors implementing this support in their management solutions reducing IT management costs.

"The DMTF VMAN Initiative helps the industry develop superior, interoperable solutions for managing virtualized environments," said DMTF President, Winston Bumpus. "Our leadership in the development of interoperable management standards allows DMTF's members to bring years of experience to the creation of the latest virtualization standards."

With the technologies available to IT managers through the VMAN Initiative, companies have a standardized approach to:

  • deploy virtual computer systems
  • discover/inventory virtual computer systems
  • manage lifecycle of virtual computer systems
  • create/modify/delete virtual resources
  • monitor virtual systems for health and performance

Within the VMAN Initiative, a new key standard also debuts: the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. OVF simplifies interoperability, security and virtual machine lifecycle management by describing an open, secure, portable, efficient and extensible format for the packaging and distribution of one or more virtual appliances. This enables software developers to ship preconfigured, ready-to-deploy standard solutions, allowing end-users to literally distribute applications into their environments with minimal effort.

"Standards-based management is a key building block of the dynamic data center," said Chris Wolf, a senior analyst with Burton Group. "Rapid vendor uptake of DMTF's VMAN OVF standard since Fall 2007 provides clear evidence that the vendor community is serious about simplifying virtual machine deployment. The VMAN Initiative has the potential to remove many VM management pain points and fuel further innovation in emerging heterogeneous dynamic virtual infrastructures."

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