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DMTF Reaches Milestones

DMTF Reaches Milestones in the Continuing Development of WBEM Technologies

New Directory Enabled Networks (DEN) working group formed at DMTF's Annual Conference to promote the continued development and adoption of DEN

SAN JOSE, California. June 15, 1999.

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) announced today the completion of several technology specifications that support the Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM) initiative for managing enterprise computing environments.

These specifications, which include new versions of the Common Information Model (CIM) specifications and schema, are significant milestones in the DMTF's ongoing work to define distributed management standards.

WBEM is a DMTF initiative based on a set of management and Internet standard technologies developed to unify the management of enterprise environments. WBEM provides the industry with the ability to deliver a well-integrated set of standardized management tools that leverage the emerging technologies. The following specifications have been completed and are now available for free download from the DMTF Web site located at

Recently completed versions of DMTF specifications include:

  • CIM Specification v2.2: The CIM specification is the language and methodology for describing management data.

  • CIM Schema v2.2: The CIM Schema includes models for enabling applications from different developers on different platforms to describe management data in a standard format. CIM Schema v2.2 now includes models for Logical networks, to complete the DEN model, and Distributed Application Processing (DAP).

  • XML Mapping v2.0 and XML DTD v2.0: The XML (eXtensible Markup Language) Mapping specification defines a standard for the representation of CIM elements and messages in XML. XML Mapping v2.0 now includes additions for HTTP operations.

  • New version of the CIM Tutorial: The DMTF's CIM Tutorial is a program designed to help developers understand the principles of modeling management data using the CIM Schema. It is now available in a browser-neutral version on the DMTF Web site at

"The completion of these WBEM specifications demonstrates the DMTF's continued commitment to developing standards for integrating enterprise management environments using Internet technologies," said Ray Williams, DMTF vice president of technology. "These technology milestones are a result of significant contribution from many DMTF member companies, and represents the industry's support for DMTF standards work."

In addition to completing technical work, the DMTF is forming a working group to lead the marketing efforts to drive industry adoption of the DMTF's Directory Enabled Networks (DEN) initiative. The DEN marketing working group will position DEN technology and communicate its benefits to the developer community as well as customers. DMTF members who are interested in participating in the DEN marketing working group can contact the working group chairman John Hidalgo for more information at

About the DMTF

The DMTF is the industry organization that is leading the development, adoption and unification of management standards and initiatives for desktop, enterprise and Internet environments. Working with key technology vendors and affiliated standards groups, the DMTF is enabling a more integrated, cost effective, and less crisis-driven approach to management through interoperable management solutions. The DMTF Board of Directors includes Compaq Computer Corp.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Dell Computer Corp.; Hewlett-Packard Co.; IBM Corp.; Intel Corp.; Microsoft Corp.; NEC Corp.; Novell, Inc.; Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; and Symantec, Corp.

Companies interested in joining the DMTF or obtaining more information about DMTF standards and the activities of the DMTF committees may call 503/294-0739 or view the DMTF Web site at

The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. is a non-profit 501c(6) corporation dedicated to developing, promoting, and facilitating collaborative industry technical standards and interoperability in desktop and enterprise management for hardware and software.

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive. See also "DMTF Common Information Model (CIM)."

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