Every year, more than 60,000 runners participate in the Atlanta AJC Peachtree Road Race. Set for the 4th of July this year, some AMI runners will be participating in the annual 10k!
Firmware is everywhere; in every system and nearly every technology device we use on a daily basis - clearest example would be computers/laptops. Firmware is also highly vulnerable to malware attacks, where hackers corrupt the firmware to create persistent problems for the firmware despite "fixing" the initial issue. Firmware attacks are so common that people constantly research ways to prevent these kinds of attacks from happening, with Google search results for "firmware hack" and "firmware security" increasing year by year.
The time has passed quickly, but already almost two months have gone by since the launch of our new AMI Tech Blog! To commemorate the occasion, for today's post we decided to take a look back at some of our greatest hits since its launch in early May of this year.
On June 20, 2017, AMD announced the release of the AMD EPYC™, AMD's new server processor targeted at data centers. It is stated to be 52% faster than current server processors with up to 32 cores, 128 lanes of PCI Express (PCIe) lanes and support up to 2TB of DDR 4 memory via eight channels.
More and more companies have begun adopting flash hardware in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs) due to their undeniable performance benefits. While nearly every application can benefit from SSD technology, their price and limited capacity compared to spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) has led many IT administrators to employ only a small footprint of SSD hardware in order to accelerate performance of specific applications. SSDs have proven to be especially beneficial for database acceleration due to the generally high performance requirements and low capacity of database applications.
Traditionally, to update and configure the BIOS on multiple servers, someone would have to manually update each server with new BIOS settings one at a time. However, with AMI's Remote BIOS solution, the process is simpler and done remotely!
Everywhere you look, people want things fast. People are not happy with access to just online news, which is pretty fast. Now they want even faster access or as it happens. So, they turn to social media. Phone applications need to open up immediately and computers need to boot to the OS in seconds.
For that last part, there is a race to zero... zero seconds (or less than a full second).
Hard Drive Disks (HDDs), are generally used as a secondary storage medium, and impose latency in data storage due to its mechanical nature. To overcome the latency, a component called cache, typically of smaller size but on a faster storage medium, is used to store data so that future requests can be served faster. While HDDs are generally inexpensive, and have a high latency, Solid State Drives (SSDs) have a lower latency, and are come at a higher price point. The ideal scenario is to make use of both inexpensive HDDs, as well as two or more SSDs as a cache component. These SSDs are faster, and also store a large amount of hot data.
People familiar with American Megatrends know that nearly all of our products and solutions are developed and marketed to computer and technology manufacturers, known in our industry as OEMs and ODMs. From this perspective, it might seem somewhat out of character for AMI to develop and market products that are sold directly to users (B2C, or "business to comsumer"), but a few examples have existed over the years - including a software product called AMIDuOS.