|By Maureen O'Gara||
|January 31, 2013 09:00 AM EST||
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Tuesday morning released version 2.0 of its ISO-recognized Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard that enhances the packaging format for virtual appliances.
The revised standard now applies to emerging cloud use cases and includes enhancements for network configuration support.
It also provides important developments from OVF 1.0 including improved network configuration support; package encryption capabilities for safe delivery; and scaling and deployment options.
DMTF describes OVF as one of the most popular and widely adopted standards in the IaaS space. As cloud computing continues to gain traction in the industry, it says, the updated standard will provide improved capabilities for virtualization, physical computers and cloud use cases - benefitting both end users and cloud service providers.
New improvements to OVF version 2.0 include:
- Improved support for network configuration
- Package encryption for safe delivery
- Scaling and deployment options
- Support for basic placement policies, including affinity and availability placement
- Shared disks
- Advanced device boot order
- Advanced mechanisms for passing data to guest
- Updated CIM schemas
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