OSA Supports IPMI v2.0 Standard for Embedded Platform Management

2/20/2004 - OSA Technologies, Inc., the only Independent Software Vendor (ISV) dedicated to Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) software and firmware for embedded manageability, announced it will support vendors with IPMI v2.0 firmware and software building blocks. The specification for IPMI v2.0 is being unveiled at this week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. IPMI v2.0 building blocks from OSA will offer many benefits. For server and blade vendors, it provides a rapid and cost effective way to integrate IPMI-based monitoring, management, diagnosis and recovery features while still allowing for platform differentiation. For IT users who purchase IPMI-enabled products, IPMI offers a way to increase their Return-on-Investment (ROI) and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by giving them a secure, centralized method to manage a server's complete health.

OSA will begin development of IPMI v2.0 firmware and software in Q104. During Q204, vendors will be able to use OSA’s IPMI v2.0 firmware and software building blocks to extend manageability of their product lines, from servers and blades to storage, workstations, networking and telecommunications equipment. OSA estimates that already 30 percent of Intel® processor-based servers shipping today have IPMI capabilities, and OSA expects this number to more than double by the end of 2004.

IPMI IT User Benefits
IPMI is instrumental in providing enterprise-class reliability, serviceability, usability and manageability. IPMI lets users monitor the health of components such as the CPU, fan, voltage and temperature. It maintains an inventory list of components and their operational status including, logging events to note malfunctions and sending alerts to notify appropriate persons. IPMI also extends remote management and recovery. Users have remote capabilities such as remote power up/down, hard reset, monitoring and management capabilities during all server states including, initial set-up, OS absent, BOOT, OS running or if the OS is hung. By viewing and interacting with the BOOT console, users can recover quickly from server issues. And, IPMI gives IT users the ability to set thresholds and receive alerts for failing components, enabling predictive failure capabilities. No other specification offers such embedded manageability features.

"IPMI solutions deliver important features for server manageability, including remote resets and console redirection via the LAN," commented John Enck, Vice President and Research Director at Gartner. "Furthermore, because IPMI technology is server-vendor neutral, IT users should view it as an emerging industry standard and begin asking for it when purchasing tower, rack-based, or blade servers."

Summary of IPMI v2.0 Features Beyond IPMI v1.5

The complete specification is available at http://developer.intel.com/design/servers/ipmi/spec.htm

“Using IPMI, OSA today gives many leading vendors the ability to provide their customers with remote management, monitoring, diagnostics and recovery at every phase of a system’s lifecycle: pre-boot, OS-present, and OS-unresponsive,” said Mark Lee, CEO and President of OSA Technologies. “By adopting OSA’s IPMI v2.0 building blocks during design time, vendors can add critical management features, while retaining the need to differentiate their products using our advanced development kits.”

About IPMI
IPMI is an embedded management specification that defines a common interface to how vendors monitor their system hardware and sensors (temperature, voltage, fan, etc.), control system components (power supplies, blades, etc.), log important system events (chassis intrusion, system reset, etc.), to allow administrators to remotely manage and recover failed systems. It is typically implemented at the silicon level, and is independent of the CPU, OS, BIOS and backplane. Promoted by Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Intel and NEC (NASDAQ:NIPNY), IPMI standardizes the way embedded management subsystems communicate with systems such as, the CPU, other embedded management subsystems and remote management applications. IPMI also offers enhanced manageability for products that support the AdvancedTCA initiative. RHK, an industry research firm, recently valued the AdvancedTCA market at $3.7B by 2007 (RHK study: www.advancedtca.org). Since 1998, more than 160 vendors have adopted IPMI, making it a market-proven standard.

About OSA Technologies
OSA Technologies, Inc. provides embedded platform management solutions to the global server, blade, telecommunications, networking, and storage marketplaces. It is the only Independent Software Vendor (ISV) dedicated to IPMI software and firmware. OSA's solutions are well entrenched through partnerships with major silicon vendors, system and design manufacturers, and branded OEMs. Building on its first mover advantage, OSA has strategically set up sales, support and development centers in San Jose, Taipei and Shanghai to more closely meet the embedded management needs of system vendors shipping OSA-enabled products worldwide. Co-founded in 2000 by a former Intel team, the company has secured a combined $20 million in funding from strategic investors including, AsiaVest, Dell, FAT Capital, Foxconn, Intel Capital, Storm Ventures, Sycamore Ventures, and other strategic investors. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California. More information about OSA can be found at www.osatechnologies.com.

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