The Datacenter Abstraction Layer (DAL) is all about a datacenter configuration being independent of the hardware and vendors. The Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) is a description of you can use open standards. Wait... Microsoft using open standards? What? Why? How? What if you combine OMI and DAL? Where is it all going? In this session we'll discover and discuss why both concepts are the logical effect of the direction the industry has taken. Why it is a requirement for a cloud OS and how it can make way for the future.