|[January 29, 2013]
DMTF Releases Revised OVF 2.0 Standard for Packaging and Distributing Virtual Appliances
PORTLAND, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
Management Task Force (DMTF), the organization bringing the IT
industry together to collaborate on systems management standards
development, validation, promotion and adoption, today announced the
release of version 2.0 of its Open
Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. The new version applies to
emerging cloud use cases and provides important enhancements from OVF
1.0, including improved network configuration support and package
encryption capabilities to ensure safe delivery. The updated version of
the standard demonstrates DMTF's continued mission to enable management
interoperability in virtual and cloud environments.
"The OVF standard is the foundation of DMTF's virtualization management
and cloud standards development efforts," said Jeff Hilland, President,
DMTF. "Version 2.0 builds upon the success of the standard and brings an
enhanced set of capabilities to the packaging of virtual machines -
broadening the use of the standard for emerging cloud use cases."
The standard, originally released in 2009, hasprovided the industry
with a standard packaging format for virtual machines - solving a
critical business need for software vendors and cloud service providers.
It achieved international recognition as an international
standard by ISO/IEC in 2011.
OVF has also been one of the most popular and widely adopted standards
in the IaaS space. As cloud computing continues to gain traction in the
industry, the updated standard will provide improved capabilities for
virtualization, physical computers and cloud use cases - benefitting
both end users and cloud service providers.
New improvements to OVF version 2.0 include:
Improved support for network configuration
Package encryption for safe delivery
Scaling and deployment options
Support for basic placement policies, including affinity and
Advanced device boot order
Advanced mechanisms for passing data to guest
Updated CIM schemas
For more information on OVF including downloads and tutorials, visit http://dmtf.org/standards/ovf.
DMTF enables more effective management of millions of IT systems
worldwide by bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on the
development, validation and promotion of systems management standards.
The group spans the industry with 160 member companies and
organizations, and more than 4,000 active participants crossing 43
countries. The DMTF board of directors is led by 17 innovative,
industry-leading technology companies. They include Advanced Micro
Devices (AMD); Broadcom Corporation; CA Technologies.; Cisco; Citrix
Systems, Inc.; EMC; Fujitsu; HP; Huawei; IBM; Intel (News - Alert) Corporation;
Microsoft Corporation; NetApp; Oracle; Red Hat; SunGard Availability
Services and VMware, Inc. With this deep and broad reach, DMTF creates
standards that enable interoperable IT management. DMTF management
standards are critical to enabling management interoperability among
multi-vendor systems, tools and solutions within the enterprise.
Information about DMTF technologies and activities can be found at http://www.dmtf.org.
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