Dell, HP, Emerson, Intel Team Up on Data Center Standard
New Redfish spec aims at improving scalability, expanding data access and analysis, saving time and enabling feature-rich remote management.New-generation IT is all about removing friction from getting things done—such as speeding up the iteration and distribution of software versions and patches, accelerating process fulfillment and standardizing as many processes as possible. Nowhere is this quest for IT smoothness more important than in data centers, where virtually all cloud and enterprise systems are housed. With this in mind, longtime industry megapowers Dell, Emerson Network Power, Hewlett-Packard and Intel on Sept. 4 announced the creation of Redfish, a specification under development for data center and systems management systems that aims to supply improved performance, functionality, scalability and security. Intel makes most of the processors that server makers Dell and HP develop. Emerson Network Power, which historically has been a data center heavy equipment provider (e.g., AC power and uninterruptible power systems), has branched out in the last several years into the data center management software sector with its Avocent division.
Redfish uses lightweight code and new-generation network interfaces that enable access to data by using simple, script-based programming methods. The specification is being designed to improve scalability and expand data access and analysis, save time, lower costs and further enable feature-rich remote management while protecting data at a high level.