IT solution models
have evolved over the years and given way to several Out-of-Band (OOB) systems
management standards, or lights-out management (LOM) systems that work within
emerging programming standards and can be implemented in the embedded systems.
While this has worked fairly well, there was still a need for a single
management standard that could handle the various demands of IT solutions
robustly. Expanded scale, higher security, and multi-vendor openness call for
equally diverse DevOps tools and processes.
requirements in mind, the DMTF took on the responsibility of creating a new
management interface standard, which resulted in Redfish™ version 1.0, which
was formally launched in July, 2015.
Key features of the
Redfish™ management standard include:
Simple to use and
connections and generally heightened security
programmatic interface that can be easily managed using scripts
Meets Open Compute
Project’s Remote Machine Management requirements
widely-used standards for web APIs and data formats
Redfish™ can support
an entire range of server architectures, right from monolithic servers to
converged infrastructure and hyper-scale architecture. The Redfish™ data model
is vendor neutral, and defines its own structure and format of data that
comprises server status, inventory and existing operational functions. You, as
an administrator can then automate management scripts to manage any Redfish™
compliant server, resulting in the efficient operation of a heterogeneous
In terms of security,
Redfish™ offers a highly secure and reliable communication opportunity with its
use of HTTPS encryption as opposed to conventional management protocols. You
can convey all Redfish™ network traffic, including event notifications across
the network in an encrypted packet, reducing threats significantly.