CMDB Federation: DMTF Standards for Federating Data and MDRs

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Mark W. Johnson, IBM Sr Programmer, Office of Tivoli's CTO

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Many organizations base IT management on a configuration management system consisting of a configuration management database (CMDB), other management data repositories, and configuration and change management processes to plan and govern changes in the IT environment. Federation technology may be used to balance the need to integrate data from the various data repositories with a need to manage the data in each repository separately. Mark is a Senior Programmer with IBM, working in the office of Tivoli's CTO. He has over 20 years experience designing solutions for systems, network, & service management. His current responsibilities in IBM include architecture and standards for CMDB federation, virtualization management, and management of cloud computing environments. He chairs working groups in the DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force) and The Open Group, and is the lead editor for those working groups' specifications, including the CMDB Federation specification (CMDBf) recently published by the DMTF. He is ITIL certified and is a frequent speaker at industry forums, including presenting and moderating a previous itSMF e-Symposium on configuration management systems. He led IBM's involvement in developing implementations of CMDBf that were used in multi-vendor interop demonstrations at itSMF Fusion 08 and the DMTF's Management Developers Conference (MDC) in 2008.

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