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The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) is an industry organization involved in the development, adoption, and interoperability of management standards and initiatives for enterprise and Internet environments. The aim is the exchange of management information in a platform-independent and technology-neutral way, streamlining integration and reducing costs by enabling end-to-end multi-vendor interoperability in management systems.

Within the DMTF, the DMTF Utility Computing Working Group operates in close collaboration with other organizations, like the Global Grid Forum (GGF) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) Technical Committee, to develop standards related to utility computing. The result of this collaboration is to unify the industry on a set of highly functional and extensible management interfaces.

DMTF specifications described on this site:

More information: DMTF website.

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