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Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Standard Released
DMTF Launches VMAN Initiative for Managing Virtualized Systems

Industry Support for VMAN
"The DMTF VMAN initiative helps enable IT customers to take advantage of the many benefits of virtualization," said Valerie Kane, division marketing manager, Platform Manageability, AMD. "Common interoperability and portability standards simplify management of heterogeneous virtualized environments, lowering costs and increasing flexibility. AMD is committed to standards that support choice in the marketplace and today's increasingly diverse IT environments, rather than locking businesses into expensive, proprietary technology."

"The ability to cost-effectively manage virtual machines helps keep the promise of affordable, migratable compute resources," said Robert Lusinsky, Director of Marketing for High-speed Controllers Line of Business, Broadcom Corporation. "We are committed to DMTF initiatives and continuously look for ways to help simplify systems management. Virtualization is a key technology for the enterprise and simplifying virtual resource management is expected to pay dividends for a long time to come."

"It is exciting to see the tremendous progress that DMTF has made in standardizing the OVF technology for portable virtual infrastructure from our initial draft less than a year ago," said Simon Crosby, CTO, Virtualization and Management Division, Citrix Systems. "Citrix Project Kensho implements the SVPC CIM profiles for Citrix XenServer and enables creation and deployment of OVF V1.0 packages on virtualization platforms that support the SVPC CIM profiles, such as XenServer and Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V. Project Kensho stands as a clear commitment on the part of Citrix to enabling an open, portable virtual infrastructure environment. To accelerate development of tools and products based on the VMAN Initiative, Citrix will open source the core components of Project Kensho in the near future."

"Dell is dedicated to simplifying IT and providing a smarter path to virtualization that is grounded in choice and defined by industry standards," said Sally Stevens, director of Dell's Enterprise Marketing Group. "As a member of DMTF, we support the VMAN Initiative as it gives our customers a standardized approach to managing their virtualized environments, helping them reduce complexity and cost."

"Customers are looking to drive down costs to their technology infrastructure, and HP's active participation in the DMTF Virtualization Management Initiative will help by bringing interoperability and portability standards to virtual computing environments," said Mark Linesch, vice president, Enterprise Storage and Servers Software, HP. "Customers will benefit from the freedom to deploy pre-installed, pre-configured solutions, and to manage those applications through their entire lifecycle. HP is leveraging these standards in its next-generation management products, delivering real value to customers through faster time to deployment across physical and virtual resources."

"IBM has been a strong supporter of standards virtualization, beginning with the formation of the DMTF workgroup focused on virtualization that we currently co-chair today," said Rich Lechner, Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems & Cloud Computing Strategy. "IBM is looking forward to taking virtualization standardization to the next level through the VMAN initiative, particularly as our clients continue moving to highly-virtualized environments and cloud computing."

"Intel supports the Virtualization Management Initiative (VMAN) from DMTF because it empowers IT professionals to choose from many excellent virtualization solutions that benefit from Intel's hardware technologies," said Doug Fisher, vice president, Software and Solutions Group (SSG), and general manager of SSG's Systems Software Division at Intel Corporation. "We expect the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) - the first standard within the VMAN Initiative - to drive increased interoperability and deployment of virtualization solutions. OVF will allow customers to easily deploy pre-installed and pre-configured virtualization solutions on Intel's multi-core platforms."

"Interoperability across multiple vendor products is key to the successful deployment of virtualization solutions in heterogeneous environments. Today, interoperability with different virtualization solutions requires customization. Sun is committed to supporting the VMAN Initiative as it benefits customers, who will be able to fully reap the rewards of virtualization through the interoperability the OVF standard enables," said Vijay Sarathy, director of xVM, Sun Microsystems.

"Symantec's virtualization strategy spans endpoints to data centers, and uses virtualization as a key enabler to improve the protection, management and control of information," said Gary Phillips, senior director of standards and open source, Symantec. "The Virtualization Management Initiative (VMAN) from DMTF complements these efforts by delivering broadly supported interoperability and portability standards, which help our customers to reduce the complexity of managing virtual environments."

"The new DMTF Virtualization Management Initiative (VMAN) is key to promoting interoperability and portability which are important enablers to the evolution of the virtualization market," said Dr. Stephen Herrod, VMware CTO. "We support OVF today in several VMware products such as Virtual Center and Virtual Infrastructure. As one of the original authors, we see the release of OVF 1.0 by the DMTF as vital to VMware, our partners and our customers."

"WBEM Solutions looks forward to the VMAN Initiative and in particular the OVF standard being adopted by the IT community," said Troy Biegger, VP Marketing and Sales, WBEM Solutions, Inc. "WBEM Solutions will be adding VMAN support to our WBEM Agent Validation Environment and Software Development product, which will allow vendors and IT professionals a validation tool for VMAN product implementations."

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