Industry Collaborates on Standards to Tackle Management Challenges of Multi-Vendor Data Centers

By Mohan Kumar

Scalability in today’s data center is increasingly achieved with horizontal, scale-out solutions, employing large quantities of servers. The usage model of scale-out infrastructure is drastically different than that of traditional enterprise data centers. Redfish, an open industry standard released in 2015, was designed to provide a new approach for simple, modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware and enable next-generation datacenter infrastructures.

Five leading companies in datacenter solutions – Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft and VMware – are contributing to industry standard leadership efforts by extending the capabilities of Redfish. This work will support a Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) where orchestration software can automate provisioning and configuration in multi-vendor and open source environments to meet application and operational policies.

The five companies working as a group codenamed Chinook are developing schema and models as extensions to Redfish that provide support for Compute, PCIe Switch, Storage and Switched Networking. The five companies are members of the Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF), an organization within the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), and have already submitted Compute, PCIe Switch and Local Storage models to DMTF, with additional submittals expected in 2016.

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