AMI Enables NVMe Namespace Management in Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware

Thursday: July 27, 2017

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - AMI, a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, has enabled NVMe® namespace management support for NVMe controllers.

When setting up a new storage device in a system, a user normally partitions the drive. The purpose of partitioning a drive is to split the drive into multiple storage areas for better management. An example of partitioning in Windows would be splitting the drive in half where the OS occupies half the space and user data occupies the other half. Using this example, the user is able to re-install the operating system without the need to delete the user data in the second partition. NVMe drives provide a new way of splitting up a storage device with namespaces. Namespaces are similar to hard drive partitions; however, namespaces segment a drive at the controller level rather than through a partition table. Since namespaces split the storage device at the controller level, once segmented using namespaces, the single NVMe storage device appears as multiple devices are connected to the system.

Namespaces can offer better performance through NVMe optimized workloads. Current OS tools that offer NVMe namespace management are cumbersome command line utilities. To make the management process simpler and more advantageous for end users, AMI has enabled the management of NVMe namespaces through navigable screens in BIOS setup. By incorporating AMI’s newly added support for NVMe namespace management in Aptio V, users can easily create and manage namespaces within their systems. More information about NVMe optimized workloads and namespaces can be found in the NVMe specification.

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