A Daunting Time for the DMTF
eLABorations: Reporter's notebook: Developer's Conference shows the task force must execute on its good ideas, and soonI can sum up my trip to the recent Distributed Management Task Force developers conference as a call: Kill all management agents. And the task force just might do that, if it can get some of the lead out of its pants. As I see it, the member organizations of the DMTF--always a pokey group to implement changes--have made significant gains over the past year, but should do more to stoke momentum for agent-killer CIM (Common Information Model) adoption. One announcement, made June 11 at the San Jose conference, is that the DMTF and the Network Application Consortium are forming a strategic alliance. This brings some of the biggest names of the infrastructure vendor world in touch with a group of the largest consumers of IT. It makes sense to bring vendors and consumers together in established groups with the goal of making management of infrastructure as seamless as possible. By removing proprietary control schemes and replacing them with standards-based methods of exposing configuration and management information, equipment and application vendors can compete on utility instead of management. Thats a good thing, because these vendors are rarely good at integrated cross-platform management, often leaving the entire mess to IT managers, who have grown to accept the daily pain of maintaining systems, applications and networks as a de facto part of the job.
But the "pokey" factor clearly still reigns, as the DMTF conference keynote and executive reports revealed. The CIM (Common Information Module) compliance test was released at the conference, but that was it. White papers from the various working groups remain unwritten because of budget and time constraints, and the WBEM (Web-Based Enterprise Management) compliance test was delayed until later this year.