Systems management refers to a broad set of responsibilities and activities focused on deploying, administering and maintaining an organization's IT infrastructure and systems.
As IT has become critical to the success of most companies and organizations, so has the importance of the manageability of the systems they deploy.
Better Manageability Through Industry Standards
Reducing the complexity of managing an organization's IT deployment can help reduce overall system management costs. However, because many IT organizations deploy systems from multiple vendors, management complexity can be difficult to contain.
To help simplify manageability and reduce costs, leading vendors in the IT industry have for many years collaborated on various management standards to make it easier to manage a heterogeneous IT environment. A key standards body developing standards for systems management is the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).
Platforms and management tools that support management standards can help simplify management of an organization's IT environment. By deploying standards-based solutions, IT administrators can reduce the number of management tools they must use and maintain and streamline management processes and tasks. This allows organizations to choose the best mix of vendor solutions that meet their needs and still contain the cost of managing their IT environment.
In contrast proprietary solutions can increase management complexity, limit choice through vendor lock-in, and reduce flexibility to respond to business needs.
Advantages of Standards-Based Manageability
|You Can Choose the best mix of vendor solutions
||Locks You In to one vendor
Simplifies Management of a multi-vendor environment
- Standards-based solutions interoperate
- One console for management
- Low learning curve
Can Increase Complexity to add other vendors' products
- Solutions may not work together
- Many tools to manage
- Can increase learning curve
|Respond to changing business needs while controlling management cost
||Limited flexibility - can be difficult to respond to changing business needs
Can Lower Costs
- Choose right mix of solutions to meet your needs
- Simplify management of a multi-vendor environment
Can Increase Costs
- Could pay for features you don't need
- May end up with a complex mix of proprietary solutions
Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF)
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) is an industry organization leading development, adoption, and promotion of interoperable enterprise and systems management standards. It has more than 4,000 active participants representing 43 countries and nearly 160 entities.
The DMTF's mission is to develop and enable industry standard interfaces for system manageability. These standards allow the ecosystem of IT providers to deliver platforms and solutions that reduce overall IT management costs.
As an active member of the DMTF and a member of its Board of Directors, AMD is also committed to developing and supporting industry standards for manageability to help our customers reduce management complexity and overall IT costs.
Our collaborative leadership in the DMTF has resulted in the development of standards that make it easier than ever for customers to manage increasingly diverse IT environments, including standards for desktop and mobile clients DASH and for servers SMASH.
We've applied these standards to developing our own future-ready platform solutions for our industry partners and customers. AMD Business Class desktops should be configured with a DASH 1.1 network interface cards to help manage your company’s IT infrastructure.