(Cross post) Industry Collaborates on Standards to Tackle Management Challenges of Multi-Vendor Data Centers

Hi folks, Ned here again with some words from our MS colleagues in private cloud management and Mohan Kumar at Intel:

Private and hybrid cloud datacenters with software defined infrastructure increasingly deploy horizontal, scale-out solutions, which often include large quantities of simple servers. Microsoft recognized this shift in industry early on and started to invest in software defined network, storage, and compute technologies in Windows Server. Specifically in the area of compute management, Microsoft actively contributed to the development of Redfish, an open industry standard specification and schema that specifies a RESTful interface and utilizes JSON and OData to help customers integrate solutions within their existing tool chains.

Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft and VMware recently formed a working group to contribute extensions to Redfish that provide support for Compute, PCIe Switch, Storage and Switched Networking. The following blog post was originally posted on Intel’s site:

Original author: Mohan Kumar (Intel)

Scalability in today’s data center is increasingly achieved with horizontal, scale-out solutions, employing large quantities of servers. The usage model of scale-out infrastructure is drastically different than that of traditional enterprise data centers. Redfish, an open industry standard released in 2015, was designed to provide a new approach for simple, modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware and enable next-generation datacenter infrastructures.

Five leading companies in datacenter solutions – Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft and VMware – are contributing to industry standard leadership efforts by extending the capabilities of Redfish. This work will support a Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) where orchestration software can automate provisioning and configuration in multi-vendor and open source environments to meet application and operational policies.

Read the rest of this blog post here: https://communities.intel.com/community/itpeernetwork/datastack/blog/2016/03/14/multi-vendor-data-centers