Over the past few months I have had several enterprise customers come to me asking for more detail around the Device Management Interface, or DMI as it always referred to as. And that’s a really good thing, as it has been something that the service providers have enjoyed for themselves for far too long. :-)
So what is DMI? Well, it’s really just a way for you to automate your own configurations without having to plow through the admin web UI each time you want to make a routine change to any one of your SSL VPN or NAC systems. More importantly though, it”s built on a standard: Netconf. This means that anyone with Netconf–or even just some scripting–experience can take the DMI Solutions Guide under their wing and use it to get started with reducing Groudhog Day syndrome. You know that one. That’s where you do something today that you feel you have done many times before, which, in all fairness, you probably have.
If you are at all stumped by this, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will work to get you better answers on what capabilities may exist. While the DMI Solutions Guide does list all the RPCs that we have build to date, there are surely many more that are yet to be discovered, usually by customers who need only to help us make a strong enough product business case to get it implemented. If I get enough participation, I can even look at hosting a DMI workgroup call, inviting you to join in a discussion with our DMI thought leaders.