Introducing Redfish

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9 September 2014
Redfish

Dell, Emerson Network Power, HP and Intel have announced the creation of Redfish, a specification under development for data centre and systems management that delivers comprehensive functionality, scalability and security. This is one of the most comprehensive specifications since the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) was launched in 1998.   

Redfish uses a modern network interface style, allowing access to data using even simple, script-based programming methods. This solution will be designed to improve scalability and expand data access and analysis, help lower costs, and further enable feature-rich remote management while ensuring a secure solution that protects investment.

The group collaborating on Redfish development is focused on ensuring that the specification enhances interoperability across multiple server environments and significantly simplifies management, to allow administrators to speak one language and be more productive. Additionally, Redfish will enable access to massive amounts of information and efficiently translate the data into actionable insights for system monitoring and management.

This effort leveraged the experience of this team in IT systems hardware, microprocessors and data center infrastructure management technologies.

These organisations are working with industry standards bodies and associations to accelerate the development process, in anticipation of broad adoption of Redfish.  The specification will be submitted to the Distributed Management Task Force for consideration by the recently created Scalable Platform Management Forum, which has been chartered to publish a standard in this space. Once the specification is approved, it will be made publicly available.