Avocent, AMD, Renesas Showcase WS-Management Specification Support

Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announced it will be demonstrating the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) new Web Services for Management (WS-Management) specification. The standard will be demonstrated in Avocent’s next generation remote server Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) management module. The demonstration will feature Renesas hardware running on an AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based server platform featuring AMD’s Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA).

The WS-Management specification promotes interoperability between management applications and managed resources by identifying a core set of Web service specifications and usage requirements. WS-Management joins the Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) Command Line Protocol (CLP) specification as part of the DMTF’s goal for lowering the operational costs associated with managing large networks. When combined with IPMI, these specifications provide a standardized way to manage components inside the system, to provide a consistent command line for operational scripting and to establish a common programmatic interface that utilizes web services for use by management applications.

Avocent will demonstrate its beta WS-Management support at the Microsoft Tech-Ed Forum November 14-17 at the Centre Convencions Internacional in Barcelona in the AMD booth #A13. Pricing and availability will be made available soon.

“Web services architecture is key for the future of infrastructure management. The investment Avocent continues to make in supporting open management standards matches the growing need for simplifying server operations by better utilizing agentless management technologies like WS-Management,” said Dave Perry, Executive Vice President of Avocent Corp. “Avocent agentless management products provide opportunities for hardware vendors to complement their existing management products that already support IPMI with web services interfaces like WS-Management for easier access.”

“AMD strongly promotes open management standards that help our customers reduce IT infrastructure costs by supporting system interoperability,” said Margaret Lewis, Director, Commercial Solutions, AMD. “By leveraging AMD’s OPMA infrastructure to demonstrate support of WS-Management, Avocent is helping the industry understand the importance of interoperable reliability and manageability for server platforms. We believe the result will be lower TCO, enhanced flexibility and greater choice for our customers.”

“We are pleased to supply a complete OPMA WS-Management reference design using the cost optimized H8S/216x BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) device that Avocent chose to use in supporting their WS-Management demonstration of their next-generation agentless products,” said Larry, Gagliani, Senior Market Development Manager at Renesas Technology. “With Avocent’s support for WS-Management using the Renesas OPMA M2 reference design, we continue to collectively simplify advanced server management for our OEM customers.”

What is the SMASH Initiative, WS-Management, CLP and IPMI?
The DMTF’s SMASH initiative is a suite of specifications that help unify the management of the data center to ultimately lower operational costs. Included in this initiative is SMASH CLP – providing consistent scripting of server management tasks by standardizing the operational command line. Commands include power cycling and sensor monitoring that typically utilizes underlying IPMI features. Administrators exploit SMASH CLP by using a SSH/Telnet interface to create scripts that can be used across multiple vendors’ servers with little or no change.

WS-Management provides a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across the entire IT infrastructure. WS-Management offers a web services programmatic interface by describing a general SOAP-based protocol for managing servers, desktops and other devices. WS-Management allows IT managers to remotely access devices on their networks – everything from silicon components and handheld devices to desktops, laptops and servers within large-scale data centers – using existing web services such as SOAP, XML and HTTPS.

IPMI, developed by the IPMI forum, is an embedded management specification that defines a common and secure interface to how vendors monitor their system hardware and sensors (temperature, voltage, fan, etc.), control system components (power supplies, blades, etc.) and to log important system events (chassis intrusion, system reset, etc.) – allowing administrators to remotely manage and recover failed systems. It is typically implemented as pre-integrated firmware that runs on a dedicated management chip, and is independent of the CPU, OS and BIOS – thereby requiring no OS agents – and is frequently described as agentless management.

IT administrators who are looking to support multiple IPMI servers, and who see the importance of using SMASH CLP, should consider using a management gateway appliance such as the Avocent MergePoint(TM) 5200 service processor manager.

About Avocent Agentless Products
Avocent Agentless Products include software and hardware management technologies that help customers reduce costs by fusing IPMI and KVM together with other out-of-band (OOB) embedded management features and standards. It supports the Dambrackas Video Compression(R) (DVC) algorithm, KVM over IP, Virtual Media, IPMI 2.0, SMASH CLP and WS-Management. Avocent Agentless solutions are delivered as modular building blocks and packaged management solutions to the server, blade, telecom, networking, storage and desktop/notebook marketplaces worldwide. Avocent Agentless silicon, firmware, drivers, utilities and packaged solutions are already shipping in millions of servers worldwide.

About Avocent Corporation
Avocent delivers IT operations and infrastructure management solutions for enterprises worldwide, helping customers reduce the cost and simplify the management of complex IT environments via integrated, centralized in-band and out-of-band hardware and software. Through LANDesk, Avocent also is a leading provider of systems, security, and process management solutions.

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