As one of the participants in the DMTF effort I’d like to comment. First of all, the DMTF is a class-A, professional standards organization with no hidden agendas and no desire to shut anyone out. DMTF was formed as a “classic” standards organization and the members have worked hard to produce technologies which generally have been good contributions to improving the state of the art of open systems computing over the years. I truly believe that the $200 individual membership level is perfectly reasonable if you want to get involved.. I am not going to argue whether the membership and voting rights levels and system is perfect or not but I can tell you that there’s no intention on behalf of the DMTF to shut anyone out, and the people working on these projects are just guys trying to develop interoperable technology which works across multiple implementations.
I’ve posted many times here, that in order for people and
companies small to large to work together on technology, some form of formal organization
with a legal structure is required. And it does take money to run one of these.
Organizations from IETF to JCP to DMTF all employ these in some form or
another. You may argue that the IETF was constructed better in some ways or the
JCP is in other ways but as a participant over the years in all of these I can
tell you, none of them is perfect and they all have complications. If anyone is
going to stand up here and say that the JCP does not have it’s own share
of issues then I’d be very very surprised, you probably didn’t
actually work much in that venue. Likewise the IETF. Additionally, they have
areas of concentration. JCP is simply not looking at hypervisor virtualization
at the file formats sort of level (not APIs). Nor is IETF. Or OGF. DMTF is and
as Mark from Sun pointed out, there is a very nice critical mass of “Virtualization
vendors getting together to standardize on how they
address the cloud with their products”.
So folks like myself, and Sun and IBM and VMware and Citrix, and RedHat and ….wanting to put actual engineers and time and money into trying to further the interoperability and standards around hypervisors/virtual machine technology at the file formats level, we are working with good intentions in DMTF, I can assure you it is not for a bunch of sneaky reasons, it is because it is the right thing to do.
We will do the same in SNIA around storage efforts, and if OGF OCCI has some interesting API progress and gains some other significant members, well OGF is also a terrific class-A SDO, we’ll put some contribution there too.
Please support the DMTF effort. If you want to participate, and can’t be a full member, eg you need a sponsor to apply for the $200 individual membership, I am sure any of the member companies including mine, will be happy to oblige.
The SNIA is trying this already with the SNIA Cloud
Google Group that complements the work going on among SNIA members in
the Cloud Storage TWG.
DMTF already has a process for providing feedback:
so no additional legal agreements need be made for community members to
provide their input.