As I’ve shared before, the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has been engaged for many years in the development of IT infrastructure management standards. In fact, these standards have become the underpinnings of today’s systems management infrastructure and also enable the scalability of current data centers. Beyond this activity, the DMTF also developed standards for virtualization and cloud management that have now been adopted on a national and international level. These standards have helped improve the interoperability of management tools and standards has improve portability of workloads between various platforms as outlined in the recent Open Data Center Alliance tests on VM imteroperability.
Building upon this work, the DMTF today announced the Open Software-Defined Data Center Incubator – a forum where the IT community can discuss and develop definitions, architectures and use cases for a software-defined data center that will be interoperable via open and standard interfaces. This is similar to the work it took on several years ago doing the same for Cloud Computing. The incubator establishes a venue for the industry to come together and create foundational whitepapers on what SDDC is, how it will be used and identify the gaps in the standards that will be needed to provide the interoperability and choice customers demand.
The goal of this group is to develop the foundational documents over the next 12 months that will enable the industry to create further standardization of management infrastructure for the next generation of data centers. The Incubator brings the industry together to collaborate and create the blue print for the next generation of IT which in turn puts customers on a path for improved agility, flexibility and new levels of automation.
I think the activity will help clarify the road to achieve the vision and the promise of SDDC. And at the same time, we’ll see the positive side effects of standards, which are increased choice for the customer, reduced cost for the vendors and improved interoperability of data center and cloud computing environments.
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