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March 18, 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 support for the Key Management Service (KMS) Protocol in its Aptio® V UEFI Firmware.
UEFI system firmware using the UEFI KMS protocol can manage multiple key managers to create, store, retrieve and delete keys of different formats and sizes. Within the firmware, UEFI device drivers can use the UEFI KMS protocol without knowing the details about the individual key managers to enhance platform security.
Data privacy and protection policies and regulations have strict requirements in terms of responsibility and corrective actions in the event of a data breach. To comply with these policies and regulations, most global organizations password-protect their servers and mobile devices and encrypt their storage devices. The latter is useful so that if a device is lost or stolen, its contents can remain secure. Storage of encryption keys on the system is a potential threat vector as it provides no protection if the system is stolen or hacked.
"One downside of encrypting the storage device is that if the system becomes inoperable, simply swapping the storage device out and into another system to boot the system is impossible. In fact, this is prevented by design: to secure its data, the storage device in the system is encrypted precisely so that it cannot simply be put into another system and read," commented Puran Nallagatla, Vice President of Global BIOS Engineering.
"However, from a support standpoint, not being able to transfer the storage device from a defunct system into a working system is a significant pain point. To do so, the storage device would first need to be unencrypted prior to its transfer, which in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure is not always possible," he continued.
For this reason, companies often engage with remote KMS providers such as Thales to provide remote storage and retrieval of the required keys.
"As more organizations use encryption to protect data and meet compliance requirements, managing the lifecycle of a large number of keys securely can be challenging as data is often encrypted across multiple and diverse IT environments. The use of a dedicated centralized key management platform can alleviate problems by assuring security without impairing performance and Thales is pleased to collaborate with AMI to help deliver such a platform supporting AMIs BIOS Key Management Service Protocol," said Todd Moore, Vice President, Encryption Solutions at Thales.
The UEFI KMS protocol is also beneficial for systems used in enterprise and data center applications which typically require unattended operations. If a scheduled reboot is planned, the system can connect to a KMS to have the storage devices unencrypted without any user intervention or custom workaround. Although currently many workarounds and custom implementations exist that address this specific need, there has been demonstrated interest from the industry in having the UEFI KMS protocol implemented directly in the UEFI firmware as AMI has announced today.
"Customers wanting higher levels of security choose our MegaRAID® controllers, featuring SafeStore™ software, which helps to create and locally manage their keys. Now with AMI's implementation of the UEFI KMS protocol in their Aptio V UEFI BIOS firmware, an external path opens for key management. SafeStore software customers can seamlessly have their keys stored and managed externally. This lets them perform operations like drive migration and controller replacement without human intervention and with encryption fully in place," said Jas Tremblay, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Storage Group, Broadcom.
To provide deeper insight into its implementation of the UEFI KMS protocol, AMI will present a session called Implementing and Using the UEFI Key Management Service at the next UEFI Plugfest event. This forthcoming presentation from AMI will discuss the options for and challenges of the implementation of the UEFI KMS protocol, as well the high-level interactions between the UEFI device drivers and external Key Management server using the UEFI KMS protocol.
For more information about UEFI, the UEFI Specification and the UEFI Plugfest, please visit https://uefi.org/.
To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from AMI, please visit https://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.
UEFI® is a registered trademark of the UEFI Forum in the United States and/or other countries.
The term "Broadcom" refers to Broadcom Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. MegaRAID® and SafeStore™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Broadcom Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.
March 12, 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, announces the release of a new Intelligent Setup Map eModule for its flagship Aptio® V UEFI Firmware, which is designed to preserve a system's BIOS Setup configuration during BIOS field updates.
Specifically, the new Intelligent Setup Map eModule helps migrate the current Setup configuration during the BIOS update process even when the Setup layout has changed in the new or updated BIOS. During BIOS field update in a provisioned system, Intelligent Setup Map migrates the BIOS Setup configuration, so end users can avoid having to re-provision the system after a BIOS field update.
To do so, the Intelligent Setup Map eModule creates a "map" of Setup configuration data. When the new BIOS is introduced or updated to the system, the eModule uses this map to migrate old configuration data to the new BIOS. If a new Setup question is also introduced at this point, the Intelligent Setup Map will load the default value for that Setup question and so preserve the Setup configuration. Conversely, if a Setup question is removed, the saved value will be ignored. Additionally, if the Setup question data size increases, the old value will be extended to fit the size of the new Setup question.
"The new Intelligent Setup Map eModule is a simple yet elegant solution to the problem of retaining BIOS Setup configuration settings during field updates, which can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating task," said AMI Chief Executive Officer, Sanjoy Maity. "We believe that this solution will gain rapid adoption and appreciation throughout the industry, as many manufacturers, organizations and data centers, among others, have long grappled with this task," he added.
For more information on the new Intelligent Setup Map eModule for Aptio V UEFI Firmware from AMI, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-828-9264 / +1-770- 246-8600 or visit ami.com.
February 19, 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, today announces its withdrawal from Embedded World 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak and the welfare of its staff, partners and customers.
In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure and spreading of the virus and related concerns, after thoughtful consideration AMI has decided to withdraw from Embedded World 2020 which will take place in Nuremberg, Germany in late February. AMI is reaching out to its customers and partners to arrange alternative methods of meeting to demonstrate and discuss the company’s latest innovations, products and services that were part of its agenda for the Embedded World conference and meetings.
"AMI would like to emphasize that our decision to withdraw from the upcoming Embedded World 2020 was not taken lightly. However, our number-one priority remains the safety of our customers, partners and our colleagues," commented Vice President of Global Business Strategy and Operations, B Parthiban."AMI’s priority is to minimize any potential risk of infection to a visitor to our booth or to one of our own staff, who could then spread the infection to other colleagues or their family members. Until our decision, AMI was greatly anticipating the opportunity to showcase our latest innovations, products and services at Embedded World 2020 in Nuremberg. This turn of events is deeply unfortunate, but we strongly believe the most responsible decision is to suspend our participation in this year’s event. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our valued partners and customers and look forward to reconnecting at a later date," he added.
For questions regarding meetings originally scheduled for the Embedded World 2020 exhibition timeframe and additional information on this decision, AMI customers and partners are encouraged to contact their AMI Sales Representative.
February 10, 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 boot time optimization tool called AMI Performance Monitoring Tool (PMT), which can help BIOS developers improve cold boot times in desktop, embedded, notebook, server, tablet and workstation platforms.
The modern computing world demands that servers and data centers have 99.995% uptime – the equivalent of 26 minutes of downtime per year. Traditionally the server BIOS takes up to three minutes to boot, before passing control to the operating system. The operating system could take an additional 10 minutes to fully boot. If a data center was required to cold boot a server, it could potentially consume its annual acceptable downtime. That is where AMI Performance Measurement Tool (PMT) comes in.
AMI PMT is a visual boot time assistance tool that can help identify bottlenecks and areas where boot times can be improved. In the past, the only way for engineers to work on improving boot times was to manually compare exported BIOS CSV files.
AMI PMT requires Visual eBIOS and features a single-click activation from within Project source allowing the simultaneous comparison of two projects and optimization gains – at a glance – with both graphical and text-based outputs. This analysis tool makes things easier by breaking down the information and identifying drivers with the greatest impact on the system boot time.
“With our innate knowledge of the boot-up process, we are in the ideal position to deliver the best boot time optimization tool. AMI PMT saves users both time and effort in optimizing boot time,” said AMI Chief Executive Officer, Sanjoy Maity.
For more information on AMI PMT, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-828-9264 / +1-770- 246-8600 or visit ami.com.
January 15, 2020:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: AMI (AMI®), a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world's mission-critical connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce its rebranding as "AMI", and the launch of a new visual identity to accompany this change.
Several recent developments led to this rebranding effort and today's announcement. First, in April 2019, AMI received a major investment from HGGC, a leading middle-market private equity firm based in Palo Alto, California. This investment, along with the selection of a 29-year AMI veteran as CEO to lead the company, fostered the development of a new strategic focus which included remaking the AMI identity to usher in the next phase of the company’s history.
The new AMI logo, wordmark and tagline
The goal of our rebranding efforts was simply to modernize the AMI logo, transitioning away from "AMI" to "AMI". We took great care to leverage the brand equity and history of the iconic AMI Triangle and to preserve the corporate colors for an updated interpretation that moves AMI into the future.
The computing industry and supply chain is a truly global ecosystem, as well as a very different business environment since the founding of AMI in 1985. While we acknowledge that the "American" in AMI will always be a part of our history, legacy and identity, at the same time we wish to clearly show the world that this is a reinvigorated company with a new spirit, mission and goals.
At the core of our rebranding effort as AMI is a new vision for how the company will conduct itself, along with new values and mission statement: ONE AMI. It describes how we strive to extend teamwork and collaboration beyond our company borders to produce the best results. As ONE AMI, our colleagues, partners and customers are all essential players on our team and have an equal share in our joint success.
The new tagline that accompanies our new logo reflects an expanded strategic focus for AMI. "Power" represents our Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware and Utilities, used in a large proportion of computing systems worldwide. "Manage" represents our MegaRAC® BMC and Server Management Firmware and Software solutions, which enable comprehensive hyperscale remote management for datacenter, telco and cloud. Finally, "Secure" is represented by our deep commitment to platform security through innovations and technologies such as Secure Boot, Secure Firmware Signing and related products and services.
AMI Chief Executive Officer Sanjoy Maity offered his thoughts on the rebranding of AMI, saying that "The computer industry has evolved tremendously since AMI's founding in 1985, and so have we - at every step of our corporate journey. As such, this rebranding effort represents the next chapter in the AMI story, allowing us to introduce a unified, global brand constantly striving to be the company that powers, manages and secures the world's critical computing digital infrastructure."