August 16, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools and utilities, is pleased to announce BIOS support for the second generation of the AMD EPYC™ server processor, as its Aptio® V UEFI firmware was selected as the shipping reference BIOS for the recently released AMD EPYC™ 7002 Series.
This announcement continues the tradition of AMI providing reference BIOS support for the AMD EPYC™ platform, as AMI was previously selected as the shipping reference BIOS provider for the original AMD EPYC™ 7000 Series server processors and platforms.
The new, second-generation AMD EPYC™ 7002 processors will feature up to 64 cores, utilizing the "Zen 2" architecture to deliver high performance while reducing total cost of ownership by up to 50% across numerous workloads. For more information on the second generation of the AMD EPYC™ server processor series, please visit https://www.amd.com/en/processors/epyc-7002-series.
"AMI is honored to once again be selected by AMD as the reference BIOS provider for its next generation AMD EPYC™ processors and platforms with our flagship Aptio V UEFI firmware," commented Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
"AMI has worked closely with AMD, along with its OEMs and ODMs, to help test and debug its systems during the power-on phase. Close collaboration between all stakeholders during this critical phase was instrumental in creating a powerful, robust and stable data center platform. The selection of AMI as the reference BIOS provider with Aptio V also ensures that the familiarity and trust developers and users have built while working with our firmware and tools continues uninterrupted," he added.
For more information on Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI / +1-770- 246-8600 or visit ami.com.
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July 31, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and server management firmware solutions, backplane control chips and much more, presented at the recent “The Role of Redfish in UEFI Forum Specifications” Webinar held earlier this month. The webinar was jointly hosted by the UEFI Forum and DMTF. AMI was invited to participate and offer its unique view on the topic from an Independent Firmware Vendor (IFV) perspective.
During the webinar, the UEFI Forum presented on this topic from the platform initialization and bootstrap point of view, as one of its key objectives is to promote a standardized interface that simplifies and secures platform initialization and firmware bootstrap operations. Likewise, DMTF provided an overview of the Redfish® standard, implementation challenges and how Redfish and UEFI firmware interact with each other in the greater firmware ecosystem. The Redfish® specification from the DMTF standards group is a standardized management API for delivery and secure management for converged, hybrid IT and the Software Defined Data Center.
“The stated purpose of the webinar was to elaborate on the relationship between platform and management firmware from different industry perspectives. Because AMI has a unique role as a provider of both UEFI BIOS firmware and BMC firmware, it holds a special vantage point from which it can describe this relationship from the IFV perspective. As a long-standing supporter of both the UEFI Forum and DMTF, we at AMI are very pleased to have been invited to participate in this jointly sponsored event to deliver our insight,” commented Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
The recent UEFI Forum Webinar can be viewed here.
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July 18, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and BMC firmware, remote management tools and utilities, is pleased to announce the latest round of enhancements and new features for Remote BIOS.
Remote BIOS is a comprehensive management solution for systems without an onboard BMC which uses the in-band network to perform key administrative tasks during pre-boot, including firmware configuration and cloning, firmware update, remote diagnostics, detailed system inventory and reports. Building on this core group of capabilities, the latest set of enhancements to AMI Remote BIOS add server user interface (UI) improvements, along with Remote Console and OS deployment capabilities.
Enhancements to the server UI come directly from feedback provided by AMI Remote BIOS users, combining the same innovative features already available in AMI Remote BIOS with an improved user interface for increased performance and usability. The new Remote Console feature allows users to view post codes and provides remote access to BIOS Setup without the need for an onboard BMC. This translates to even greater remote control over a UEFI client system when in Setup or UEFI Shell. Finally, the new OS deployment capability gives users the ability to remotely perform unattended installation of Linux® or Windows® based operating systems.
“We developed our AMI Remote BIOS solution to provide many of the pre-boot and remote management capabilities typically available to systems with an onboard BMC via our MegaRAC® and Aptio® V firmware products. Because AMI Remote BIOS is targeted at any BMC-less system requiring remote management, this product is eminently suitable for an incredibly wide number of different compute systems across a very diverse range of vertical markets. Our latest enhancements now make AMI Remote BIOS an even more powerful and attractive solution for many types of applications,” said Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
For more information on AMI Remote BIOS, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI / +1-770- 246-8600 or visit ami.com.Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
June 3, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and server management firmware solutions, backplane control chips and much more, is pleased to announce support for BIOS passwords to be stored in the TPM NVRAM via new Aptio® V UEFI Firmware eModule.
System security is typically considered in terms of layers of security. Most end-users have a password or PIN to gain access into their operating system. This is considered the most basic form of system protection. However, this type of protection does not stop a malicious user from booting the system using another operating system loaded onto an external storage device such as a USB drive.
BIOS passwords offer a stronger layer of system protection; having a BIOS password along with a proper Boot Order setting offers superior protection as it can raise the barrier against a malicious user from booting the system from external storage devices. This does not, however, stop a bad actor from physically opening the system and resetting the BIOS to its default settings. If the BIOS password is disabled by default, then the system can be infiltrated.
As more individuals begin to experiment with defeating BIOS passwords, the traditional method of storing the BIOS password weakens. BIOS passwords are not stored in plain text; they are hashed and stored in system NVRAM. This method is easy for system manufacturers to implement and offers a good level of security because passwords are not saved in the clear. Yet anyone can read system NVRAM - and an attacker can easily employ a Dictionary Attack, which is simply attempting to guess the password until a match is found.
AMI raises the bar higher with a drastically different approach not traditionally seen when it comes to BIOS password integrity. AMI has invested two years in developing and testing the storage of the BIOS password in the NVRAM of the TPM. The TPM has an inherent characteristic that counters attempts to gain access to its NVRAM, so that a malicious user cannot search NVRAM for the BIOS password hash. Continuous reading of TPM NVRAM with the wrong password will trigger a dictionary attack defense mechanism that will intentionally and steadily slow down an attack.
As an added benefit of storing BIOS passwords in the TPM NVRAM, BIOS passwords are preserved even after a BIOS firmware flash and hardware reset is performed. A USB recovery key can be created during password creation that can be used to recover system if password is lost or forgotten.
AMI will begin offering this method of storing BIOS passwords immediately with the introduction of a new BIOS eModule called TpmPassword. Please contact your AMI sales representative for more information on the prerequisites and how to license it for Intel®, AMD and Arm®-based platforms.
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May 28, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA / TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Today at COMPUTEX Taiwan, American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and server management firmware solutions, backplane control chips and much more, introduced its new MegaRAC® FPX2.0™ NVMe over Ethernet Fabric Management Firmware.
MegaRAC FPX2.0 Fabric Management Firmware is a powerful NVMe over Ethernet Fabric (NVMe-oF) firmware / software stack combining Ethernet Fabric management capabilities and NVMe drive management together for creation and management of true Server SAN solutions, delivering highly manageable NVMe storage to remotely connected clients.
MegaRAC FPX2.0 supports all storage server architectures, including current Intel® x86 and AMD platforms, as well as emerging Arm® based storage servers. MegaRAC FPX2.0 also enables Server SAN architectures on storage appliance boxes, when paired with Mellanox BlueField™ or Broadcom Stingray™ smart NICs and storage adapters.
MegaRAC FPX2.0 firmware resides on the preexisting onboard BMC and maintains complete MegaRAC® SP-X™ based server manageability, along with MegaRAC FPX2.0 firmware extensions that enable completely secure, out-of-band (OOB) NVMe storage manageability. Additionally, all management features are available right out-of-the-box, with no additional customization or client software installation required.
In addition to the high degree of out-of-band NVMe storage management that delivers storage pool discovery, namespace creation, and attaching/detaching NVMe storage volumes to remote compute nodes, a key aspect of MegaRAC FPX2.0 is its inclusion of NVMe Management Interface (NVMe-MI) support, to enable drive inventory and telemetry SATA support on the BMC OOB interface.
MegaRAC FPX2.0 is based on the proven, highly stable and industry-leading MegaRAC Core Technology. Like MegaRAC SP-X, MegaRAC FPX2.0 firmware provides a high level of modularity, with the ability to easily configure the complete firmware / software stack by selecting and removing features that are available in package form. It is also compliant with the Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD) specification for hyperscale infrastructure and can provide storage/namespace creation with attach/detach storage to the remote computer node.
CEO of American Megatrends, Sanjoy Maity, commented that "Our new MegaRAC FPX2.0 NVMe-oF Fabric Management Firmware encapsulates our many years of expertise and leadership in BMC, server and remote management firmware, and underscores our commitment to expanding our product lineup to support hyperscale data center and cloud infrastructure environments. It represents a true Server SAN solution thanks to its support for all commodity/white box storage platforms, making it an excellent solution for these environments, as well as for hyperconverged infrastructure. We are very excited to introduce this product here at COMPUTEX and look forward to see the industry's response to it."
For more information on MegaRAC FPX2.0 Fabric Management Firmware, please visit the AMI website at https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/nvmeof-nvme-over-ethernet-fabric-management-firmware/ or contact us at 1-800-828-9264.
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