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DMTF Releases Final CIM Schema 2.9.0

Latest Update to the Common Information Model Delivers New Diagnostic Enhancements
Portland, Ore. - January 4, 2005 - The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF®) today announced the release of the final version of the Common Information Model (CIM) Schema Version 2, Release 9.0. With CIM 2.9, the DMTF has implemented new improvements to its technical release processes, meeting the time-to-market needs of DMTF members and end users by releasing incremental CIM feature sets as each set is finalized (rather than a single annual revision of the Schema). CIM 2.9.0 introduces the new diagnostic components needed for the DMTF’s Common Diagnostic Model (CDM), version 2. With the inclusion of CDM 2.0’s enhanced multi-vendor diagnostic capabilities, CIM 2.9.0 will play a key role in improving system reliability, availability and serviceability for end users.
CDM’s standards-based diagnostics improve system test capabilities by leveraging multiple vendors’ diagnostics in a comprehensive solution, enabling interoperability and the ability to reuse diagnostic tests across platforms. In addition, CDM creates diagnostic instrumentation at the driver level and generates fault events that can be utilized by platform management applications. In version 2.0, CDM delivers new standardized logging mechanisms and tighter synergy with the other models in CIM, enabling further integration of diagnostics into critical management functions, which will help further diagnostic interoperability.
“Before the breakthrough capabilities of CDM, which was first introduced with CIM 2.3, diagnostics programmers dealt with an overabundance of system status and information hidden behind proprietary APIs, as well as OS barriers that made it extremely difficult to manipulate the hardware directly,” said Todd Guay, vice president of technology, DMTF. “In CIM 2.9.0, we unveil CDM version 2, which specifies a common methodology – with CIM at its core – that allows diagnostic management applications to obtain information, configure and invoke diagnostics, monitor progress, control execution, and query CIM for information gathered by the diagnostic service. This new release represents a significant move forward for CDM, the CIM standard and the industry.”
“The DMTF’s CIM Schema 2.9.0 delivers a much improved Common Diagnostics Model for discovering test capabilities, managing test execution and viewing test results,” said Kirk Moul, vice president, Supply Chain, Personal Systems Group, HP. “CIM 2.9.0 moves the industry closer to achieving seamless integration of vendor-supplier diagnostics for system manufacturing and system management. HP is actively working with its key suppliers in adopting the CDM v2 standard to create CDM v2 diagnostics, which will be gradually integrated into HP processes and systems.”
“The development and evolution of the DMTF Common Information Model has been a huge undertaking by the computer industry that is now paying off for both customers and the industry,” said George Hoenig, Vice President of Advance Technology, VERITAS Software. “The new diagnostics model in CIM 2.9.0 is integral to broad industry implementation in products and related customer satisfaction.”
The files for CIM 2.9.0 can be downloaded from the DMTF Web site at http://www.dmtf.org/standards/cim.

For More Information Contact:

Jill Stevenson , Corporate Communications , VERITAS Software
650.527.3011 , jill.stevenson@veritas.com

About the DMTF

With more than 3,000 active participants, the Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF) is the industry organization leading the development of management standards and integration technology for enterprise and Internet environments. DMTF standards provide common management infrastructure components for instrumentation, control and communication in a platform-independent and technology neutral way. DMTF technologies include information models (CIM), communication/control protocols (WBEM), and core management services/utilities. Information about DMTF's standards and activities can be found at www.dmtf.org.