Industry-leading firmware products born from AMI technology and innovation
May 29, 2020:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world's connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce the new AMI DevNet™ Firmware Source Code Development and Distribution Environment for AMI OEM and ODM Customers.
AMI DevNet™ is a web-based source code distribution and development environment that combines a unique, enhanced source code hosting service featuring metadata-aware microservices and bots together with a complete DevOps solution for BIOS and BMC firmware development. It features an enhanced robust Git™-based source control system with powerful integrated DevOps capabilities to help make firmware development simpler, faster and more secure. With fully integrated virtual and physical hardware testing services, AMI DevNet is a vital tool for bringing products to market on budget and on time.
AMI DevNet is available to AMI ODM and OEM firmware customers with the option to use specific components of the solution as needed and the ability to integrate and add custom DevOps capabilities. The solution is not intended to replace each customer’s own development methodologies, but rather to provide an opportunity to enhance and complement them, with the aim of shortening the development cycle and time to market.
One of the key benefits of AMI DevNet is a highly streamlined development experience for all types of firmware engineering teams. It also has secure development at its core – as all source code developed in conjunction with AMI DevNet is required to pass static code analysis and other tests to ensure customer coding standards are enforced.
To make it familiar and compatible with existing OEM/ODM customer development methodologies, AMI DevNet also incorporates several well-known industry tools into its framework, such as Git, GitLab™, Docker™, Ansible®, Kubernetes™ and more. AMI DevNet leverages the widely used Git source-control system to support standard git commands, minimize complexity, and enable easy migration of existing projects to the AMI DevNet environment.
As part of its code verification process, AMI DevNet performs continuous integration to ensure every check-in still builds. AMI DevNet also features automated testing to ensure the latest source is always well tested and the latest firmware image is ready for deployment at any time. Any issues detected are clearly listed in a report format pointing to exact lines of code for quick analysis and resolution. All security issues require a logged sign-off if not corrected, while tool selection and aggressiveness also can be customized.
Finally, AMI DevNet provides flexible hosting and development models for easy multi-party development. It scales to cloud environments with ease and delivers the ultimate in modularity, security and compatibility while accommodating the preferred deployment models of each customer. Its flexibility means that multi-party development models can be arranged between any combination of AMI/OEM/ODM engineering teams. For quick on-boarding of engineering or development teams, AMI DevNet moves complicated tool setup to the cloud and allows for test hardware to be connected at AMI or the customer site.
"Throughout our history, providing best-in-class tools that enable our OEM and ODM customers to improve their development workflows, reduce development costs and errors and speed time to market has always been at the core of our mission," said Sanjoy Maity, Chief Executive Officer of AMI.
“AMI DevNet represents the next evolution in that mission – a modern solution based on industry-standard tools like Git and Kubernetes that will not only continue our legacy of first-class support for our firmware customers, but also deepen the potential for collaboration with AMI. AMI DevNet will also enable our customers to augment their own internal development processes, which will contribute to better, more innovative products that will ultimately benefit us all,” he added.
For more information on the new AMI DevNet Firmware Source Code Development and Distribution Environment, please visit ami.com/devnet or call 1-800-828-9264 to speak with an AMI Sales Representative.
May 20, 2020:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA – AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world's connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce barcode support in its world class Aptio® V UEFI Firmware.
Barcode support allows OEMs and ODMs the ability to encode the computer system serial number, platform ID or other identifiers into the BIOS and display it during system power on.
Barcode technology has been used for decades in manufacturing for inventory control, accuracy and speed. One can typically associate a barcode with the serial number of a device. While serial number inclusion into the firmware has been around for some time, the ability to view the serial number as a barcode is a recent event.
"Passing this information around or recording this data manually could lead to errors. Scanning barcodes using a standard barcode scanner can help eliminate this problem. A barcode scan is not only more reliable, but it takes less time than by hand-entered data," said Sanjoy Maity, Chief Executive Officer of AMI.
"However, what if the system has no barcode or any type of identifying information on the outside of the device?" he asked.
Serial numbers that were once found on the bottom of laptops and cellular phones, are slowly making their way into the firmware. The reason for this is related to how an OEM's repair and support contract is structured. If an end-user wants to get support for their device, they typically are required to provide the serial number of their device first. This is a simple way to find out if a device is still covered by a support contract or manufacturer's warranty.
Large OEMs and ODMs can become targets of fraud perpetrated by non-reputable companies that offer repair and support. These firms can obtain serial numbers by browsing classified listings with the intent to report devices associated with them as being repaired by their facility and requesting compensation for services that they did not render.
While this is one type of fraud, there are others that are not going to be mentioned in this release due to the sensitive nature of the subject. Hiding the serial number offers additional security benefits to the end-user of the device as well.
A device without a serial number printed on the outside of the device needs to be powered on to display the serial number. Traditionally, the serial number would be listed in the BIOS setup menu. If the owner password protects their device, then their serial number would remain secure.
However, obtaining the serial number by powering on the device and going into the BIOS setup menu to view the serial number limits the accuracy and speed of processing the device, whether it is during production, quality control or support of the device.
This is where barcode support in the BIOS has its clear benefit. Barcode support returns accuracy and speed back into the process by allowing the OEM, ODM and its authorized support representatives to quickly bring up the serial number or other platform identifier via a visual barcode, which can be quickly scanned.
For more information on AptioV and all its licensable eModules, please visit ami.com/aptio or call 1-800-828-9264 to speak with an AMI Sales Representative.
April 16, 2020:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world's connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce the release of a new MegaRAC® OSP Development Kit for the AST2600 Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) from ASPEED Technology.
The MegaRAC OSP Development Kit for the AST2600 BMC features hardware, tutorials, and access to MegaRAC OSP Open BMC firmware to help developers and engineers gain experience in sensor porting, management technologies such as Serial over LAN (SOL) and UART, and virtual media (vMedia). This complete kit allows OEM and ODM customers to begin immediate development and training projects using the MegaRAC OSP BMC Firmware with the AST2600 BMC from ASPEED Technology.
MegaRAC OSP is a suite of firmware, software, tools, utilities and services for BMC management based on Open BMC firmware. It features an extensible, open-architecture development framework and a robust “common core” concept to provide a stable and highly managed source code base for a complete Service Processor solution suitable for a wide variety of product deployments.
The hardware component of the MegaRAC OSP Development Kit includes the ASPEED AST2600 Remote Management Server Processor, a Raspberry Pi™ single-board host computer, a Series 997 Sensor Board from AMI and a cooling fan. The Series 997 Sensor Board from AMI included in the kit is designed to mimic the sensors that are typically found on data center server platforms, allowing developers to immerse themselves in the protocols used for BMC communication and management.
"We are excited to offer the MegaRAC OSP Development Kit to our customers as an all-inclusive and easy way for firmware engineers to become familiar with sensor porting and related development technologies on the ASPEED AST2600 with MegaRAC OSP Firmware. We believe that it will accelerate the learning curve for those wishing to learn more about BMC management and provide a stable platform for the development of robust projects," said Sanjoy Maity, Chief Executive Officer of AMI.
To request more information and pricing on the MegaRAC OSP Development Kit from AMI, please complete the online request form at ami.com/ospkit/ or call 1-800-828-9264 to speak with an AMI Sales Representative.
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April 13, 2020:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world's connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce the new AMI FirST™ Firmware Security Testing Suite.
The AMI FirST Security Testing Suite is a powerful set of integrated security test tools that provide dependable verification of production firmware security for x86/x64 architectures. AMI FirST tests stay current with the latest critical developments in mitigating firmware security threats and CHIPSEC for comprehensive testing, vulnerability protection and prevention of security defect regression.
AMI FirST is designed with both reliability and ease-of-use in mind, making it an important addition to any OEM development team or quality assurance (QA) lab for confirming the proper mitigation of potential firmware security issues. Because testing with AMI FirST requires minimal intervention, an engineer is typically not required to manage the test process. Additionally, the deployment process for AMI FirST is simple and quick: using the UEFI shell, the AMI FirST suite of tools boots easily from USB or a similar mass storage device.
Log information and test results from AMI FirST are provided in a straightforward and concise format, with each test clearly delineated with pass, fail or not applicable status. Any failed test will automatically direct the user to the corresponding AMI Security Advisory for remediation of the issue and any additional required action. AMI customers also have the option to submit their platforms to AMI and have AMI engineers perform the tests for them.
"AMI FirST represents an exciting and logical next step for AMI into even more robust and user-friendly platform firmware security testing. It takes the burden of firmware security testing from the shoulders of our customers by providing a convenient, reliable and always-current service for them. This enables our OEM customers to focus on what they do best, which is designing the world's leading hardware platforms and bringing them to market," said Stefano Righi, Vice President of Global Software, Security Engineering and Services at AMI.
For more information on the AMI FirST Firmware Security Testing Suite, please visit ami.com/first or call 1-800-828-9264 to speak with an AMI Sales Representative.
March 31, 2020:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world's connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce its participation in the Open Distributed Infrastructure Management (ODIM) initiative, alongside with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel and other industry leading companies.
ODIM represents a new open source initiative to simplify the management of large-scale, geographically distributed physical infrastructure and reduce the complexity that telco providers confront when deploying 5G networks across a multitude of sites that are equipped with IT infrastructure from multiple vendors and different generations of technology. AMI's contribution to the security and manageability aspect of ODIM is represented by AMI Composer™, its robust hyperscale node, rack and POD management ecosystem for both traditional and telco cloud infrastructure.
To deliver on their promises of ultra-low latency and high connectivity, 5G networks will require large numbers of edge datacenters located close to the markets they serve. Agile, composable infrastructures are crucial to the efficient operation of these edge datacenters to meet changing customer demands from evolving 5G and IoT use cases. AMI Composer helps solve the security challenges related to the deployment and management of 5G infrastructure, by ensuring its integrity and providing options for remediation in the case of a security breach.
AMI Composer also meets the unique manageability requirements for 5G telco cloud, where the ability to use heterogeneous, shared hardware and other resources, the capability to rapidly expand and remain elastic, provide on-demand network access from anywhere and be available as networks, servers, storage, app and 5G telemetry services are all of the utmost priority.
Led by HPE in collaboration with Intel and with support from key industry leaders such as AMI, Apstra, Red Hat, Tech Mahindra and World Wide Technology, ODIM includes key components planned for open source release to create a complete ecosystem that will accelerate technology innovation beyond the telco industry - including a planned open source project under the Linux Foundation® to further develop the initiative and enable end-to-end automated management of networks.
"AMI is fully aligned with the goals of the Open Distributed Infrastructure Management initiative to simplify telco infrastructure management and drive meaningful operational and financial value," said Joseprabu Inbaraj, Senior Director of System Software and Security Services at AMI.
"Supporting large scale, geographically distributed networks and facilitating interaction between disparate multivendor infrastructure resources - as ODIM is designed to do - is in perfect harmony with the value and benefits of AMI Composer. As such we are very excited to have the opportunity to contribute alongside HPE, Intel and other partner companies on this initiative," he added.
For more information on AMI Composer, please visit ami.com/en/products/ami-composer or call 1-800-828-9264 to speak with an AMI Sales Representative.
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