American Megatrends to Provide OpenBMC Solutions in Support of Microsoft "Project Olympus" Hyperscale Server Platform Design

Wednesday: March 21, 2018

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, USA - 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 its intention to provide OpenBMC solutions for the Intel®-based "Project Olympus" hyperscale server platform design contributed by Microsoft Corporation to the Open Compute Project (OCP).

OpenBMC is an open, standards-based BMC management protocol for next-generation system management. The OpenBMC image includes a bootloader (u-boot), a Linux® kernel, open source packages, and board-specific packages.

AMI already has both Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware and MegaRAC® SP-X™ BMC Firmware binary packages and source code available under license for Project Olympus available to interested OEM and ODMs for integration into Intel®-based Project Olympus designs. These packages are market-ready implementations for the platform that have been thoroughly tested and validated on Project Olympus hardware.

As part of its OCP and OpenBMC activities, AMI, leveraging its substantial technical expertise gained over decades of leadership in providing BMC Firmware solutions to the industry's leading manufacturers, along with deep knowledge of bare-metal level control and management, continues to help move OpenBMC forward and bring it closer to a production-quality level of readiness for the mass market.

With its OpenBMC initiative, AMI is pleased to announce its forthcoming product, MegaRAC® OSP™, a hardened, production-quality BMC solution. Demonstrations of MegaRAC OSP will be presented by Microsoft in a live presentation at Open Compute Summit on Wednesday, March 21, from 10:20am to 10:45am (PDT) in Room 212 A of the San Jose Convention Center. Please see the following link for more information: https://2018ocpussummit.sched.com/event/DdZd/openbmc-on-project-olympus

Project Olympus represents the next-generation rack-level hardware solution for hyperscale and cloud data centers, the design of which is released through the Open Compute Project (OCP). The Open Compute Project is an industry consortium spearheaded by Facebook that applies the open source model to designs for the world’s most energy efficient, scalable and affordable data centers, and shares those designs with the public.

At Open Compute Summit, the official meeting place of Open Compute Project members, Microsoft will present the latest developments and news for OpenBMC for the Project Olympus server platform, one of the cornerstones of open hardware design fostered by OCP. AMI stands in support of Microsoft as they continue to refine this hyperscale server platform design and make it market-ready through its activities in solidarity with OCP.

"The innovation and hard work of industry leaders like Microsoft and Intel on Project Olympus represents a great step forward in high-performance, hyperscale data center platforms which will contribute greatly to lowered costs and high rates of adoption throughout the industry," said Subramonian Shankar, President, Founder and CEO of American Megatrends. "AMI is proud of its work with these companies in support of OpenBMC, and we thank them for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project."

For more information on MegaRAC BMC firmware solutions for Microsoft Project Olympus, interested parties should contact AMI through the AMI website at https://ami.com/open-bmc.

For more information on Project Olympus, please see the Open Compute Wiki site at http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Server/ProjectOlympus.

For more information about OpenBMC, please see: https://code.facebook.com/posts/1601610310055392/introducing-openbmc-an-open-software-framework-for-next-generation-system-management/.

About AMI

Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends International LLC (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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