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DMTF signs off Redfish server management spec v 1.0

Control freakery intended for cloud-scale ops is heir to IPMI

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The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has announced the completion of the Redfish standard, an effort to enable management of heterogeneous computing resources at cloud scale.

Redfish's backers are a who's who of enterprise computing players: Broadcom, Dell, Emerson, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Supermicro and VMware are all aboard, with "additional support" provided by AMI, Oracle, Fujitsu, Huawei, Mellanox and Seagate.

The new standard is advanced as the heir to Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), an effort that Redfish's backers feel isn't quite up to the job of running commodity servers at cloud scale. IPMI's also had some security issues.

Redfish departs from IPMI by not assuming a particular vendor or server is present. Instead, Redfish offers a RESTful API that users can deploy to consume information about servers, aggregate it from several sources, and then wrangle as they see fit in their preferred control freak.

The idea is that Redfish should simplify server management at scale, so server vendors don't expect their own control freaks will be redundant any time soon. Instead, they're all happy that Redfish makes their wares more relevant for large rigs. The above-mentioned companies are all therefore committed to baking Redfish into their products real soon now.

The standard's yours for the downloading here. ®

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