Scalable Platform

Management Forum
Forum Status 10/30/2014

•  This information is subject to change without notice. •  For additional information. see the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) website. 2 . The standard specifications remain the normative reference for all information.Disclaimer •  The information in this presentation represents a snapshot of work in progress within the DMTF.

and constructs such as JSON and/or OData. “Until now.dmtf. such as REST. scale-out solutions. typically using JSONoriented RESTful interfaces. modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware.and web-based infrastructures is increasingly achieved with horizontal.” Company Support for SPMF [see quotes at web link above] Broadcom Dell Emerson HP Intel Microsoft . president.org/content/dmtf-announces-new-scalable-platforms-management-forum Group developing standard specification to enable simple. The usage model of scale-out hardware is drastically different than that of traditional enterprise platforms. The SPMF will create a standard to address the needs of IT professionals drawing from experience gained in widely-used protocols. “An open industry standard that meets scalability requirements and integrates easily with the existing tool chain in multi-vendor scale-out deployments will be a significant benefit not only to scale-out customers. but to traditional enterprises as well.DMTF Announces New Scalable Platforms Management Forum http://www. many end users have been developing their own tools for scale-out management. This standard should enable customers to integrate SPMF solutions within their existing tool chains. SPMF will create and publish an open industry standard specification and schema that meets the expectations of end users for simple. and requires a new approach to management. Ore. 2014 – DMTF. modern and secure management of scale-out platform hardware for cloud and web-based infrastructures PORTLAND. which often include large quantities of simple servers. today announced the formation of its new Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF). Scalability in today’s cloud. an industry standards organization working to simplify the manageability of network-accessible technologies through open and collaborative efforts by leading technology companies. DMTF. – October 7.” said Jeff Hilland.

Users are forced to manage to the lowest common denominator.Problems with existing management specifications Security Barriers to Entry Scaling Limits Lack a solution designed to modern security best practices Existing specifications are complex and proprietary Management complexities grow exponentially at scale Out-of-Date Existing specifications lack the ability to describe modern architectures The challenges managing datacenters have never been greater. 4 .

Expected SPMF outcome •  Free and Open Standard-bound Designed to be vendor agnostic and available as an open standard •  Simple Does not require highly-specialized or vendorspecific knowledge •  Modern Built using existing. modern web protocols •  Extensible Vendors can define value-add extensions •  Secure Built on the industry’s security best practices 5 .

A Modern Management Solution •  Design Tenets •  REST: The API architecture •  Separate the protocol from the data model •  Leverage common Internet / Web services standards •  Design for implementation on existing BMCs and firmware products •  HTTPS: The Web protocol •  Make it easy for pro’s and amateurs to utilize 6 •  Rapidly replacing SOAP •  Well-understood by admins •  Known security model •  Known network configuration •  JSON: Modern data format •  Human-readable •  Simpler than XML •  Support for modern programming languages .

Target v1.0 Feature Set Retrieve “IPMI class” data • Basic server identification and asset info • Health state • Temperature sensors and fans • Power supply. power consumption and thresholds Discovery • Service endpoint (network-based discovery) • System topology (rack/chassis/server/node) Basic I/O infrastructure data • Host NIC MAC address(es) for LOM devices • Simple hard drive status / fault reporting Security • Session-based leverages HTTPS Perform Common Actions •  Reboot / power cycle server •  Change boot order / device •  Set power thresholds Access and Notification •  •  •  Serial console access via SSH Alert / event notification method(s) Event Log access method(s) BMC infrastructure •  View / configure BMC network settings •  Manage local BMC user accounts .

•  Alert subscription • Typical tasks •  Power on/off/reboot •  Gather thermal data • Languages under consideration •  Python •  Java •  PowerShell System Emulator • Provide “target” for developers • Minimal implementation of service • Jumpstart client-side development Conformance Test Suite • Schema-aware tool for testing • Provides checklist for vendors and customers • Avoid spec interpretation conflicts . Enumeration.Some of the expected Open Source Efforts Client Library Command Line Utility • Common utility support functions • Similar to IPMItool • Designed for end users • Calls Client library • Likely written in Python •  Discovery. etc.

SPMF Promoters •  •  •  •  •  •  Broadcom Corporation Dell Inc. Emerson (Avocent) Hewlett-Packard Company Intel Corporation Microsoft Corporation •  Plus additional Supporter members Not a final list 9 .

Submissions •  Two technology submissions have been made to date •  Dell. Emerson. HP and Intel submitted Redfish •  Microsoft worked with Redfish to incorporate editorial revisions and samples utilizing common OData conventions •  Shared advantages •  Separation of protocol from data model •  Leverage well understood technologies to meet architectural requirements •  Focused on scalable environments while capable of modeling current servers Your feedback is needed 10 .

stable over time.0 Standard quickly •  Then work on more schema and source 11 . released & updated as needed •  Mockup •  Informational example implementation •  White Paper •  Open Source Software •  Release Works in Progress for External Feedback within weeks •  Works in Progress are snapshots of the standards during development •  Plan on a rapid cadence for feedback from the industry & Alliance Partners before taking them to standard •  Create 1. •  Schemas to define data model •  Defines semantics and properties.SPMF Plans •  SPMF Plans on working on several artifacts •  Protocol Specification •  Defines the semantics of the protocol.

Strictly for not-for-profit organizations in the standards arena. The DMTF values working with affiliated industry organizations.org/standards/feedback 4. and the Alliance Partner membership is a way for the DMTF to formalize synergistic relationships with other standards groups. Alliance Partner members may participate in DMTF working groups as a non-voting member via a representative. you can shape the standard 2.  DMTF feedback portal.  DMTF Alliance partnership arrangement.How to participate – we want your input! 1.dmtf. the Alliance Partner membership level is offered at no charge. 12 . SPMF desires to create a “Work Register” with OCP and other organizations to establish an Alliance Partnership.  Join the SPMF! By Joining the DMTF and SPMF. you can provide feedback at http://www.  Through SPMF member companies who also participate in OCP 3. providing feedback on “Works In Progress” As the group produces “Works In Progress”.

DMTF has made major changes recently •  New slate of officers •  Major reorganization to become more agile •  Only 3 committees – Technical. Executive and Regional Chapters •  All technical efforts now report directly to TC. •  Revamped new release procedures allow 1 week release cycle once the Forum approves the artifact •  plus 30 day Call for Essential Patent Rights when needed •  Can release a Work In Progress of the same material while this occurs •  Ability to develop Open Source and Open Standards simultaneously 13 .

org/contact •  If you would like to submit technology for consideration in SPMF efforts please use the following form: •  http://dmtf.org/standards/feedback 14 . If you have questions or would like more information on SPMF efforts please send them to us via the following form: •  http://dmtf.Q&A & Discussion •  Thank you for your interest in SPMF activities.