Firms release latest server management spec

Dell, Hewlett-Packard, NEC and Intel have announced version 2.0 of the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)...

Dell, Hewlett-Packard, NEC and Intel have announced version 2.0 of the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification, technology which helps users manage servers.

IPMI 2.0 adds several features, including authentication and encryption algorithms, serial over Lan for remote interaction with serial-based applications, a firmware firewall and new user login and configuration options, said the companies at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Version 2.0 of IPMI is backward compatible with IPMI 1.5, which is supported in servers from many suppliers, including HP, Dell and NEC.

The specification defines interfaces that allow network managers to receive status alerts and send instructions to industry-standard servers and run diagnostics over a network instead of locally at the server.

The technology is a message-based hardware management specification that deals with monitoring basic server parts such as power supplies, fans, voltage and temperature. It is implemented at the silicon level and uses a baseboard management controller.

It enables remote monitoring, management and recovery capabilities, regardless of the status of the server.

IPMI is best used in conjunction with system management software, but it can also be used without the additional management software, and will help users manage servers from various suppliers in disparate locations.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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