DMTF Announces New Server Management Working Group

Dell, HP, IBM and Intel lead formation of new effort to satisfy customer server hardware management requirements

Portland, Ore. Dec. 15, 2003 The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF), today announced that Dell, HP, IBM and Intel Corporation have led the formation of the new DMTF Server Management Working Group, reflecting the growing demand of customers for standard server hardware management interfaces. The group includes other key technology companies, such as AMD, Microsoft, Oracle, OSA Technologies and Sun Microsystems, Inc., and will build and evolve the DMTF's Common Information Model (CIM) specification to deliver a platform-independent, industry standard server hardware management architecture across diverse IT environments in the data center. The group will hold its first face-to-face meetings this week on December 17-18, and has committed to delivering its first specifications by July 1, 2004.

DMTF Server Management Working Group

The will develop a common Command Line Interface (CLI) to enable local and remote management of server hardware in both operating system (OS)-present and OS-absent environments. The group will also further evolve CIM to cover the latest server system topologies, such as blades and virtualized server systems. Realized through protocols, the specifications will deliver a lightweight, human-oriented CLI that can be mapped to CIM and driven by scripts.

"We compete in a market where both the economy and global competitors require us to be flexible and operate at a low cost," said Jeffrey M. Birnbaum, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Institutional Securities IT. "The collaboration between the most influential industry vendors and the DMTF to extend CIM for a common management interface will be a tremendous benefit."

"As IT organizations face increasing complexity and costs associated with operating multiple server platforms across diverse departments, sites and geographies, continued work in the area of server management is critical," said Winston Bumpus, president of DMTF. "The DMTF is the logical place for this critical work to take place, and we look forward to the progress that will emerge in the near future from this new working group."

"Dell is committed to helping customers simplify the management of disparate systems and architectures in the data center by reducing the number of tools and processes needed to manage standards-based servers," said Neil Hand, director of worldwide product marketing, Dell. "CIM offers a widely used starting point, which will allow us to streamline IT operations for today's server environments."

"HP has a solid history of innovation that enables customers to adapt to rapidly changing business needs," said James Mouton, vice president, platforms, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Our efforts with the DMTF will deliver customer value through a standardized management interface, resulting in increased control of IT environments and reduced operating costs."

"Working directly with our customers to develop management standards across multiple server platforms is key to the success of this initiative," said Dr. Tom Bradicich, CTO, IBM eServer xSeries Servers. "The ultimate goal of the DMTF Server Management Working Group is to ease administrative burdens in today's data centers."

"Customers for enterprise computing platforms such as IntelĀ® ItaniumĀ® 2 and Intel Xeon processor-based servers need hardware vendors to make managing IT infrastructures easier and more cost-effective," said Abhi Talwalkar, vice president, Enterprise Platforms Group, and general manager, Platform Products Group, Intel. "As a leader in the formation of this working group within the DMTF, Intel is committed to an extended CIM standard that will allow enterprises to simplify data center operations significantly. Working with IBM, Dell, HP and other members of the DMTF ensures the kind of progress in hardware interoperability that end-users need."

Additional Industry Support for DMTF's Server Management Working Group "AMD supports this initiative and recognizes the value of open management standards to help our customers reduce infrastructure IT costs," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "With these standards as a common management interface, AMD is helping our customers further simplify enterprise computing."

"Customers are demanding simplified and standard ways of managing server hardware resources," said Jim Hebert, General Manager, Windows Server Division, Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft is pleased to support the efforts of the Server Management Working Group at the DMTF; we look forward to working closely with server hardware vendors to continue to drive down the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) associated with deploying and managing servers."

"The efforts of the DMTF Server Management Working Group to standardize the management of hardware resources will add customer value and reduce the total cost of ownership," said Jay Rossiter, VP System Management Products, Oracle. "This is consistent with Oracle's mission to simplify and automate management tasks across sets of servers, allowing customers to minimize incremental management costs as the number of managed servers increases."

"OSA Technologies is excited to join the DMTF Server Management Working Group," said Mark Lee, CEO and president of OSA. "The Working Group's charter will help provide unprecedented systems management based on open standards that will be incorporated into OSA's product line. With a consistent CLI, vendors and users alike will find this critical to reducing their future TCO."

"Sun sees open management standards as a means to help our customers reduce complexity in the data center as they scale-out their network infrastructure," said Subodh Bapat, vice president and chief technologist, Volume Systems Products, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We are pleased to join other industry leaders in defining server management interfaces that can reduce customer TCO and contribute to Sun's larger N1 vision of the Data Center as a single system."

About DMTF

With more than 2,300 active members, the Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF) - developer of CIM and WBEM - is the industry organization leading the development, adoption, and interoperability of management standards and initiatives for enterprise and Internet environments. CIM and WBEM are the breakthrough standards for the exchange of management information in a platform-independent and technology-neutral way, providing a distributed, Internet-enabled interface for streamlining integration and reducing costs by enabling end-to-end multi-vendor interoperability in management systems. Key technology vendors and affiliated standards groups that implement CIM and WBEM enable a more integrated, cost-effective and proactive approach to management.

Companies interested in joining the DMTF or obtaining more information about DMTF standards and the activities of the DMTF Working Committees should call (503) 963-3505 or visit the DMTF Web site at http://www.dmtf.org.