Group developing integrated standards to address physical, virtual,
application-centric and software defined networks
While cloud, virtualization and software defined networking have eased the use of network functions for consumers, the challenges of deploying and managing the network supporting these infrastructures have magnified. Addressing the current complexity and abstraction, DMTF’s NETMAN will provide the necessary standards-based management models and interfaces to enable consistent, unified and automated provisioning, deployment, configuration, and monitoring of network environments. The DMTF also believes that NETMAN could significantly benefit other related efforts such as the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) initiative (www.etsi.org/nfv).
Today’s existing and emerging network management standards do not attempt to integrate with server, virtualization and cloud management standards to simplify and unify the management of the overall infrastructure. Building upon the DMTF’s widely-deployed management standards, NETMAN is in the unique position to:
“Multiple open source, proprietary and isolated management solutions for networks currently exist, but the lack of cohesion often increases the complexity and cost of development, rather than ease these burdens,” said DMTF Chair of the Board Winston Bumpus. “The DMTF’s NETMAN takes a holistic approach, using standard management interfaces, to facilitate interoperability. The result is integrated management in today’s real-world, heterogeneous network environments.”
Industry Support for the DMTF Network Management Initiative
“As a leader in connectivity solutions, Broadcom is proud to support the DMTF's Network Management Initiative, which provides standards-based management models and interfaces for networking environments,” said
“As the medium that is rapidly connecting all people and all things, the network's critical role in modern systems is paramount,” said
“Microsoft is fully engaged in open-standard Software Defined Networking initiatives, and we actively support DMTF’s standards-based Network Management Initiative. We believe it will enable the industry to transform today’s complex, fragile network services into simple, robust plug-and-play ones,” said
“Management of the network has become more complex. With the introduction of virtualization and cloud, a common instrumentation of networks is critical to build complex solutions out of heterogeneous hardware and software. NETMAN along with current industry management standards (CDM, DASH, SMASH, SMI, VMAN), provides the only consistent standards in the industry,” said
“Network virtualization and management is currently the most challenging part of the software defined data center. ZTE believes open standards are critical to an open ecosystem for network management providing benefits such as lowered TCO and faster response to different customers' requirements with controllable SLAs and tenant specific policy,” said
Detailed information on all of DMTF standards can be found at www.dmtf.org/standards. Those interested in supporting and joining DMTF’s efforts to identify and create standards can learn more at www.dmtf.org/join.
DMTF standards enable effective management of IT environments. The organization is comprised of industry-leading member companies that collaborate on the development, validation and promotion of infrastructure management standards. These standards specify well-defined interfaces that collectively deliver complete management capabilities. DMTF standard interfaces are critical to enabling interoperability among multi-vendor IT infrastructures, and systems and network management including cloud, virtualization, desktop, network, servers and storage. DMTF spans the globe with member companies and organizations representing varied industry sectors. The DMTF board of directors is led by 17 industry-leading technology companies including: Broadcom Corporation; CA Technologies; Cisco; Citrix Systems, Inc.; Dell;
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