The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) is a standardization committee consisting mainly of manufacturers and has set itself the goal of unifying the various management solutions in one standard
. The DMTF group is developing a uniform framework that includes data models, access procedures and groupings and is intended to serve as the basis for the entire network. DMTF began defining the meaning of management data as early as 1996. The result is called Common Information Model (CIM) and is a complex management architecture consisting of various protocols, collectively called Web Based Enterprise Management
(OVF). The DMTF task force,
which includes Citrix (Xen), Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Novell, Sun and VMWare, was called the Desktop Management Task Force until the end of the 1990s.