December 10, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 3 -- The Distributed Management Task Force Inc. (DMTF), the industry organization leading the development, adoption and promotion of interoperable management standards and initiatives, today celebrates the tenth anniversary of the launch of its Common Information Model (CIM) standard. Initially developed in 1997 as a conceptual model to describe the components of managed computing and networking environments, CIM (pronounced \sim\) has expanded to new markets and evolved to become one of the most widely implemented system and network management information models to-date.
In 1997, the DMTF CIM Sub-Committee, comprised of participants from CA, Compaq (now HP), HP, Intel, Microsoft, Novell, Sun Microsystems and Tivoli Systems (now IBM) made CIM Version 1.0 available. During the next decade, CIM gained broad industry adoption.
The standard has been implemented in all major operating systems since Windows 98 and is used as the fabric for server and desktop management. CIM has even moved into the virtual world to serve as the basis for DMTF’s virtualization management technology. The technology has also expanded to provide definitions for storage management, peripherals, network components and applications. CIM has been implemented into many products currently offered from many major corporations.
“The tenth anniversary of the CIM standard is a significant milestone for the industry,” said Winston Bumpus, DMTF president and an active driver of CIM development since its inception in 1997. “Ten years ago, DMTF created a ubiquitous standard to help IT managers streamline increasingly heterogeneous environments. Since then, we’ve expanded CIM into new market segments. Looking ahead, we’re excited to pursue new innovations and further adoption of the CIM standard.”
A number of DMTF Alliance Partners and member companies have collaborated with DMTF to expand CIM into new areas during the last 10 years, such as:
There are also a number of open source projects developed around the CIM standard, including:
DMTF has also worked with its alliance partners the Open Grid Forum and the Printer Working Group to add CIM into grids and printers respectively. DMTF is currently working to further adoption of CIM to include networking, power management and new areas of virtualization.
To learn more about the CIM standard, CIM related tools, and all CIM Schemas and specifications to-date, see www.dmtf.org/standards/cim/.
With more than 4,000 active participants representing 44 countries and nearly 200 organizations, the Distributed Management Task Force Inc. (DMTF) is the industry organization leading the development, adoption and promotion of interoperable management standards and initiatives. During the last 15 years of its history, DMTF management technologies have become critical to enabling management interoperability among multi-vendor systems, tools, and solutions within the enterprise. By deploying solutions that support DMTF standards, IT managers can choose to deploy a mix of systems and solutions that best meet their users’ needs, while reducing management complexity and total cost of ownership. Information about the DMTF technologies and activities can be found at www.dmtf.org.
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