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DMTF Releases Redfish Host Interface Specification

Quoting their press release:
“DMTF’s innovative Redfish standard continues its fast progression, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF). To date, Redfish has focused on defining a TCP/IP-based out-of-band interface between a client and a management controller. Today, the newly available Redfish Host Interface Specification expands these capabilities to allow applications and tools running on an Operating System – including in the pre-boot (firmware) stage – to communicate with the Redfish management service. Every device exposes an interface to the host software (Operating System or Hypervisor). Management controllers are no different, and this standard modernizes this interface to equalize the capabilities of “in-band” or “host-based” applications with remote applications using Redfish. To learn more about Redfish or to download the Redfish Host Interface specification, please the Redfish web site. Developers can also visit the Redfish Developer Hub, a one-stop, in-depth technical resource with all the files, tools, community support and education you may need to help you use Redfish. To participate in the Host Interface Task Force, please join the DMTF’s SPMF.”

http://www.dmtf.org/standards/redfish/
http://www.dmtf.org/standards/spmf/
http://redfish.dmtf.org/

http://www.dmtf.org/sites/default/files/standards/documents/DSP0270_1.0.0.pdf

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Cisco adds Redfish support

Ken Spear has a new post on the Cisco blog about Redfish support, and there’s some code on Github related to the post:

Cisco Supports Redfish Standard: API Enhances UCS Programmability

Cisco has added Redfish™ support to IMC to extend our unified and open API to manage server components and to help customers integrate solutions within their existing tool chains. […]

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cisco-supports-redfish-standard-api-enhances-ucs-programmability

https://github.com/CiscoUcs/imcsdk

https://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-69991

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AMI providing Redfish-enabled firmware for Intel and Aspeed models

AMI is now offering firmware for both BIOS and BMC on Intel customer reference boards (CRB) for the Intel Xeon® processor D-1500 product family and the 4th generation baseboard management controller (BMC) from Aspeed, the Aspeed AST2300 BMC. AMI has developed generic Redfish BIOS and BMC firmware support and has tested on the next generation AMD silicon. AMI’s BIOS and BMC firmware are highly integrated, allowing data center administrators to simultaneously, remotely and securely manage a number of server platforms out-of-box. Other features include BIOS-level firmware configuration and firmware updating. BMC functionality is based on the open industry standard specification and schema from DMTF’s Redfish™ API with the goal of creating seamless integration into existing tool chains.

http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/
https://ami.com/news/press-releases/?PressReleaseID=368

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Lenovo XClarity

Apparently Lenovo’s XClarity Administrator software uses the Redfish API:

“Lenovo XClarity is a fast, flexible, and scalable hardware systems management application that enables administrators to deploy infrastructure faster and with less effort. This video provides a brief overview of XClarity Administrator, VMware Integration, the XClarity Mobile App, and new features supporting extended management of storage and network switches.”

Here’s a Lenovo video showing the tech:

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DMTF releases more Redfish tools

The DMTF has a Github project for DMTF. They’ve recently updated it to include new tools, including ‘redfishtool’. Quoting their press release:

New tools recently shared include:
 * Redfish Service Validator – a Python 2.7 tool for checking conformance of any “device” with a Redfish service interface against a Redfish CSDL schema.
 * Redfish Profile Simulator – a Flask-based real simulator of the initial OCP Feature profile. Resources are loaded from a mockup into Python dictionary structures.
 * Redfishtool CLI tool – a Python 3.4 program that implements a commandline tool for accessing the Redfish API. The tool outputs Redfish JSON responses for common use cases, and shows the proper way to implement the hypermedia aspects of the Redfish API.
 * Mockup Creator – a Python 3.4 program that creates a Redfish Mockup folder structure from a real live Redfish service. The program executes Redfish GET requests to the Redfish service and saves the response in a file structure.

These new items join additional tools currently available in the GitHub repo:
* CSDL to JSON-schema converter – converts a valid Redfish CSDL schema to the JSON-schema (draft v4) format.
* OData CSDL Validator – a Python 3.0 tool that crawls through OData-formatted metadata, parses it and validates that it conforms to OData V4.0.
* Mockup Server – a simple Python 3.4 program that can be copied into a folder at the top of any Redfish mockup and serve Redfish requests on the specified IP/port.
* Documentation Generator – a utility to format text and values extracted from the Redfish JSON-schema files and incorporate text from additional Markdown documents to generate either web-based (Slate) or easily printed (converted to PDF) end-user documentation of the Redfish schema.

http://www.dmtf.org/standards/redfish
http://redfish.dmtf.org
http://dmtf.org/standards/spmf

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DMTF launches Redfish School Series on YouTube

Quoting their press release:

DMTF Launches YouTube Channel with Redfish™ School Series
Get schooled in Redfish™ by tuning in to DMTF’s new YouTube channel! () The DMTF is excited to announce this new resource, which offers short technical webinars on a variety of topics related to the Redfish API and other DMTF standards. Currently, DMTF’s YouTube channel features “Redfish School,” a five-webinar series that covers Redfish Model Architecture; Common Properties; Chassis, Systems and Managers; and more. In addition, you’ll find Why Redfish™?, a short webinar – hosted by Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF) Co-Chair Jeff Autor – that provides an overview of the standard and how it enables simple and secure management of modern scalable platform hardware. Visit today to see DMTF’s latest videos, and be sure to subscribe to the DMTF YouTube Channel to stay up-to-date with our upcoming webinars!

http://youtube.com/c/DmtfOrg

http://www.dmtf.org/standards/redfish

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