DMTF

Distributed Management Task Force, Inc.

OVF Open Virtualization Format

The DMTF’s Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard provides the industry with a standard packaging format for software solutions based on virtual systems, solving critical business needs for software vendors and cloud computing service providers. OVF has been adopted and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as ISO 17203.

The rapid adoption of virtual infrastructure has highlighted the need for a standard, portable metadata format for the distribution of virtual systems onto and between virtualization platforms. In the modern cloud computing era, OVF provides a platform independent, efficient, open and extensible packaging and distribution format that facilitates the mobility of virtual machines and gives customers platform independence.

An OVF package can be used:

  • By an independent software vendor (ISV) to publish a software solution
  • By a data center operator to transport a software solution from one data center to another
  • By a customer to archive a software solution
  • In any other use case that can be met by having a standardized package for a software solution

From the user's point of view, OVF is a packaging format for virtual appliances. Once installed, an OVF package adds to the user’s infrastructure a self-contained, self-consistent, software application that provides a particular service or services.

OVF takes advantage of the DMTF’s Common Information Model (CIM), where appropriate, to allow management software to clearly understand and easily map resource properties by using an open standard.

Get Involved

Work on the OVF standard takes place in the DMTF’s OVF Working Group. Learn more and join the DMTF to participate. 

 

DMTF Specifications

DSP # Version Title Date Comments
DSP0265 1.0.0 Profile to Enable Automated Deployment of OVF Packages 27 Jun 2013

.pdf file. DMTF Standard

DSP0243 2.1.0 Open Virtualization Format Specification 3 Jan 2014

.pdf file. DMTF Standard

DSP0243 2.0.1 Open Virtualization Format Specification 30 Aug 2013

.pdf file. DMTF Standard

DSP0243 2.0.0 Open Virtualization Format Specification 3 Jan 2013

.pdf file. DMTF Standard

DSP0243 1.1.1 Open Virtualization Format Specification 30 Aug 2013

.pdf file. DMTF Standard

DSP0243 1.1.0 Open Virtualization Format Specification 20 Jan 2010

.pdf file, DMTF Standard

DSP0243 1.0.0 Open Virtualization Format Specification 22 Feb 2009

.pdf file, DMTF Standard

XML Schemas

DSP # Version Title Date Comments
DSP8027 1.1.0 OVF Environment XSD 29 Jan 2010

.xsd file, DMTF Standard

DSP8027 1.0.0 OVF Environment 2 Mar 2009

.xsd file, DMTF Standard

DSP8023 2.0.1 OVF Envelope XSD 25 Aug 2013

.xsd file. DMTF Standard

DSP8023 2.0.0 OVF Envelope 3 Jan 2013

.xsd file. DMTF Standard

DSP8023 1.1.1 OVF Envelope XSD 25 Aug 2013

.xsd file. DMTF Standard

DSP8023 1.1.0 OVF Envelope XSD 29 Jan 2010

.xsd file, DMTF Standard

DSP8023 1.0.0 OVF Envelope XSD 3 Feb 2009

.xsd file, DMTF Standard

White Papers and Technical Notes

DSP # Version Title Date Comments
DSP2017 2.0.0 Open Virtualization Format White Paper 5 Aug 2014

.pdf file. DMTF Informational

DSP2017 1.0.0 Open Virtualization Format White Paper 24 Feb 2009

.pdf file, DMTF Informational

Tutorials and Education

DMTF Feedback Policy

The DMTF welcomes feedback on our standards, but requires that individuals submitting comments first agree to our DMTF Feedback Policy.