The Open Virtualization Format (OVF) was developed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and describes an open, portable, and extensible file format for packaging and distributing virtual machine software
. The Open Virtualization Format enables virtual appliances
to be deployed across different virtualization solutions. The Open Virtualization Format is a standardized format that is used to ensure the interoperability and portability ofInfrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), such as in virtual machines for the description of storage disks and for the configuration of virtual resources, in Distributed Virtual Switching (DVS), for the formatting of software modules, the distribution of security software for virtual machines and for increasing the mobility of virtual machines.