Several technologies come into consideration when discussing IT enterprise management. As new standards emerge, the industry in general rallies to support the “standard.” As software developers / OEMs (ie: HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM) embrace the “standard,” it becomes “publicly available” as an “Open Standard.” Some vendors will provide enhanced functionality creating a “locked down” version of the standard for their equipment only. While vendor-specific technology may be advantageous to a specific vendor, an “Open Standard” approach typically renders a more integrated management infrastructure, amid the reality that most environments are not isolated to a single vendor. Understanding the core technology for system management may assist in understanding the solutions provided by vendors.
DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force)
DMTF is an organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion, and adoption. A recent example is OVF. OVF takes advantage of the DMTF’s (CIM), where appropriate, to allow management software to clearly understa