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American Megatrends First to Market with New MegaRAC® Rack Management Products Fully Compliant with Intel® Rack Scale Design and DMTF Redfish™ Standards

Thursday: July 28, 2016

NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends Inc. (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, is pleased to announce the introduction of several new system management solutions that are fully compliant with both the Intel® Rack Scale Design and DMTF Redfish™ standards, key standards that define management of scale-out server architecture. Notably, AMI is first to market with these solutions, all of which are tightly integrated within the MegaRAC® Manageability Framework - the most widely used solution in the market today.

Products from AMI featuring support for Intel Rack Scale Design and Redfish include the fully-integrated Pooled System Management Engine (PSME) firmware solutions, which enable efficient resource management for Network, Storage and Compute hardware throughout the data center. Also featured is the recently introduced MegaRAC Composer™ Pod Management Software - which debuted at the OpenStack Summit in April and will be highlighted in a multi-vendor interoperability demo at the upcoming Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on August 16th through 18th.

The new MegaRAC PSME firmware solutions are hardened, production worthy and tightly integrated to function with the MegaRAC Manageability firmware stack used by nearly every ODM and within most hyper-scale data centers. These solutions can be deployed in a single image to the popular service processors (BMCs) from Aspeed, Emulex, Nuvoton and others, but are also configurable to run stand-alone on x86 or other architectures - and with custom OEM manageability firmware stacks.

MegaRAC PSME solutions can not only run on compute nodes integrated with the server BMC, but also on Chassis or Rack Management Modules or as a Container under the Pod Manager. These solutions all work under a Redfish Framework, making it easy to add extensions such as Fabric Management. The MegaRAC Fabric PSME firmware allows for discovery of PCI switches, devices and functions and can then assign those devices and functions to hosts or PCI zones. This enables complete manageability, including the composition and decomposition of pooled PCIe devices based on workload demand through a pooled resource controller such as Network, NVMe drives, FPGA, GPGPUs and more.

MegaRAC Composer is a Pod Management software solution developed to be fully compliant with Intel Rack Scale Design and the DMTF Redfish specification. It allows users to browse physical resources at the rack, chassis and system level through an intuitive web-based user interface. Administrators can then compose and assign those physical resources to create a logical node, which provides the advantage of demand-driven dynamic scaling to optimize datacenter resource utilization.

MegaRAC Composer also allows for the composition of physical resources based on templates, which can then be stored in the software and reused as a time-saving feature. In addition, MegaRAC Composer gives users the ability to power on, force off, and gracefully shutdown composed nodes.

Subramonian Shankar, President, CEO & Founder of American Megatrends, commented that "As a leader in server management technologies for decades, AMI is always incorporating support for the latest industry standards into its products. It is clear that the Intel Rack Scale Design and the DMTF Redfish standards will exert a tremendous influence of the expectations of the industry for simple and secure management of modern scalable platform hardware."

"With these new MegaRAC solutions, American Megatrends has positioned itself as a key supporter of these standards by ensuring that MegaRAC Composer and its PSMEs for Network, Storage and Compute systems are fully compliant with them. OEMs and ODMs using the MegaRAC Manageability Framework to implement Rack Scale Design benefit from lower development costs and faster time to market, while data center end users can be confident of these new, standards-compliant products from a trusted industry leader," he added.

To learn more about MegaRAC Composer from American Megatrends and to view informative videos about this product, please visit ami.com/products/remote-management/megarac-composer/.

About AMI : Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, innovative StorTrends® Network Storage hardware and software products, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.

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