Any CMPI data type that has MB implementation-dependent details or contains CMPI data areas is called an encapsulated data type. An encapsulated data type instance has two parts: a pointer to its MB-dependent implementation and a pointer to the function table giving access to all operations supported by this type. The operation repertoire of encapsulated data types is a major portion of the CMPI interface. This repertoire includes, at a minimum, lifecycle operations (release and clone).

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