American Megatrends Introduces MegaRAC FPX2.0 NMVeoF Fabric Management Firmware

Tuesday: May 28, 2019

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Today at COMPUTEX Taiwan, American Megatrends (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and server management firmware solutions, backplane control chips and much more, introduced its new MegaRAC® FPX2.0™ NVMe over Ethernet Fabric Management Firmware.

MegaRAC FPX2.0 Fabric Management Firmware is a powerful NVMe over Ethernet Fabric (NVMe-oF) firmware / software stack combining Ethernet Fabric management capabilities and NVMe drive management together for creation and management of true Server SAN solutions, delivering highly manageable NVMe storage to remotely connected clients.

MegaRAC FPX2.0 supports all storage server architectures, including current Intel® x86 and AMD platforms, as well as emerging Arm® based storage servers. MegaRAC FPX2.0 also enables Server SAN architectures on storage appliance boxes, when paired with Mellanox BlueField™ or Broadcom Stingray™ smart NICs and storage adapters.

MegaRAC FPX2.0 firmware resides on the preexisting onboard BMC and maintains complete MegaRAC® SP-X™ based server manageability, along with MegaRAC FPX2.0 firmware extensions that enable completely secure, out-of-band (OOB) NVMe storage manageability. Additionally, all management features are available right out-of-the-box, with no additional customization or client software installation required.

In addition to the high degree of out-of-band NVMe storage management that delivers storage pool discovery, namespace creation, and attaching/detaching NVMe storage volumes to remote compute nodes, a key aspect of MegaRAC FPX2.0 is its inclusion of NVMe Management Interface (NVMe-MI) support, to enable drive inventory and telemetry SATA support on the BMC OOB interface.

MegaRAC FPX2.0 is based on the proven, highly stable and industry-leading MegaRAC Core Technology. Like MegaRAC SP-X, MegaRAC FPX2.0 firmware provides a high level of modularity, with the ability to easily configure the complete firmware / software stack by selecting and removing features that are available in package form. It is also compliant with the Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD) specification for hyperscale infrastructure and can provide storage/namespace creation with attach/detach storage to the remote computer node.

CEO of American Megatrends, Sanjoy Maity, commented that "Our new MegaRAC FPX2.0 NVMe-oF Fabric Management Firmware encapsulates our many years of expertise and leadership in BMC, server and remote management firmware, and underscores our commitment to expanding our product lineup to support hyperscale data center and cloud infrastructure environments. It represents a true Server SAN solution thanks to its support for all commodity/white box storage platforms, making it an excellent solution for these environments, as well as for hyperconverged infrastructure. We are very excited to introduce this product here at COMPUTEX and look forward to see the industry's response to it."

For more information on MegaRAC FPX2.0 Fabric Management Firmware, please visit the AMI website at https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/nvmeof-nvme-over-ethernet-fabric-management-firmware/ or contact us at 1-800-828-9264.

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About AMI

Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems for both X86 and ARM based platforms. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Windows, 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, Taiwan and Hong Kong to better serve its customers.

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