DMTF Standardizes CIM Policy Language forManaging Computing Resources

Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:00am EDT

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CIM Simplified Policy Language Standard Eases Automated Management
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the industry organization bringing the
IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development,
validation, promotion and adoption, today announced the release of its Common
Information Model Simplified Policy Language (CIM-SPL) standard. CIM-SPL
provides a standard language for writing system management policies based on CIM
profiles, enabling IT personnel to more effectively manage their computing

With this standard, IT administrators are able to define rules and allocate
resources within their computing systems, provide a foundation for automated
systems management in distributed environments and support more efficient
systems management. CIM-SPL can be used with any CIM-based implementation,
including those comprising DMTF`s DASH, SMASH and VMAN initiatives. 

"CIM-SPL is critical for enabling organizations to take full advantage of DMTF
standards for effective, interoperable IT management," said Winston Bumpus, DMTF
president. "Because CIM is the basis for most DMTF standards, IT personnel can
take advantage of CIM-SPL to greatly simplify the process of adding automation
policies that can be integrated into a wide variety of DMTF-enabled management

Within cloud computing applications CIM-SPL will help enable the automatic
management of cloud systems. The concept of self-service is fundamental for the
success of application in the cloud, requiring automatic deployment of resources
as needed. Automation becomes essential in this environment. CIM-SPL can be used
to create policies that support automation of these management tasks. 

With CIM-SPL, management applications using CIM can add-on the CIM policy engine
to automatically control and configure parts of the IT domain. This enables IT
administrators to automate their departments using CIM-SPL without the need to
engage and manage additional resources, saving time and money. 

The Common Information Model (CIM) was originally developed in 1997 as a
conceptual model to describe the components of managed computing and networking
environments. Since then CIM has expanded to new markets and has become one of
the most widely implemented system and network management information models.
CIM has been the basis for many of the DMTF standards. 

DMTFs CIM-SPL specification is available for download here. 

About DMTF

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 16 innovative,
industry-leading technology companies. They include Advanced Micro Devices
(AMD); Broadcom Corporation; CA; Citrix; Dell; EMC; Fujitsu; HP; Hitachi, Ltd.;
IBM; Intel Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; Novell; Oracle; Sun Microsystems,
Inc.; and VMware. 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 

Nereus for DMTF
Rachel Shaver or Ann Jansen, +1-503-619-0563

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