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Large data centers are complex systems that depend on several generations of hardware and software components, ranging from legacy mainframes and rack-based appliances to modular blade servers and modern rack scale design solutions. To cope with this heterogeneity, the data center manager must coordinate a multitude of tools, protocols, and standards. Currently, data center managers, standardization bodies, and hardware/software manufacturers are joining efforts to develop and promote Redfish as the main hardware management standard for data centers, and even beyond the data center. The authors hope that this article can be used as a starting point to understand how Redfish and its extensions are being targeted as the main management standard for next-generation data centers. This article describes Redfish and the recent collaborations to leverage this standard.

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... It is intended to cover additional data center subsystems namely, power and cooling. 10 However, in the meantime and until such standards are commercially supported, data center managers are faced with the use of existing commercial and open source islands of solutions. ...
A data center infrastructure is composed of heterogeneous resources divided into three main subsystems: IT (processor, memory, disk, network, etc.), power (generators, power transformers, uninterruptible power supplies, distribution units, among others), and cooling (water chillers, pipes, and cooling tower). This heterogeneity brings challenges for collecting and gathering data from several devices in the infrastructure. In addition, extracting relevant information is another challenge for data center managers. While seeking to improve the cloud availability, monitoring the entire infrastructure using a variety of (open source and/or commercial) advanced monitoring tools, such as Zabbix, Nagios, Prometheus, CloudWatch, AzureWatch, and others is required. It is often common to use many monitoring systems to collect real‐time data for data center components from different subsystems. Such an environment brings an inherent challenge stemming from the need to aggregate and organize the whole collected infrastructure data and measurements. This first step is necessary prior to obtaining any valuable insights for decision‐making. In this paper, we present the Data Center Availability (DCA) System, a software system that is able to aggregate and analyze data center measurements aimed toward the study of DCA. We also discuss the DCA implementation and illustrate its operation, monitoring a small University research laboratory data center. The DCA System is able to monitor different types of devices using the Zabbix tool, such as servers, switches, and power devices. The DCA System is able to automatically identify the failure time seasonality and trend present in the collected data from different devices of the data center.
Next‐generation cloud data centers are based on software‐defined data center infrastructures that promote flexibility, automation, optimization, and scalability. The Redfish standard and the Intel Rack Scale Design technology enable software‐defined infrastructure and disaggregate bare‐metal compute, storage, and networking resources into virtual pools to dynamically compose resources and create virtual performance‐optimized data centers (vPODs) tailored to workload‐specific demands. This article proposes four chassis design configurations based on Distributed Management Task Force's Redfish industry standard applied to compose vPOD systems, namely, a fully shared design, partially shared homogeneous design, partially shared heterogeneous design, and not shared design; their main difference is based on the used hardware disaggregation level. Furthermore, we propose models that combine reliability block diagram and stochastic Petri net modeling approaches to represent the complexity of the relationship between the pool of disaggregated hardware resources and their power and cooling sources in a vPOD. These four proposed design configurations were analyzed and compared in terms of availability and component's sensitivity indexes by scaling their configurations considering different data center infrastructure. From the obtained results, we can state that, in general, when one increases the hardware disaggregation, availability is improved. However, after a given point, the availability level of the fully shared, partially shared homogeneous, and partially shared heterogeneous configurations remain almost equal, while the not shared configuration is still able to improve its availability.
Traditional data center infrastructure suffers from a lack of standard and ubiquitous management solutions. Despite the achieved contributions, existing tools lack interoperability and are hardware dependent. Vendors are already actively participating in the specification and design of new standard software and hardware interfaces within different forums. Nevertheless, the complexity and variety of data center infrastructure components that includes servers, cooling, networking, and power hardware, coupled with the introduction of the software defined data center paradigm, led to the parallel development of a myriad of standardization efforts. In an attempt to shed light on recent works, we survey and discuss the main standardization efforts for traditional data center infrastructure management.
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Cloud data center providers benefit from software-defined infrastructure once it promotes flexibility, automation, and scalability. The new paradigm of software-defined infrastructure helps facing current management challenges of a large-scale infrastructure, and guarantying service level agreements with established availability levels. Assessing the availability of a data center remains a complex task as it requires gathering information of a complex infrastructure and generating accurate models to estimate its availability. This paper covers this gap by proposing a methodology to automatically acquire data center hardware configuration to assess, through models, its availability. The proposed methodology leverages the emerging standardized Redfish API and relevant modeling frameworks. Through such approach, we analyzed the availability benefits of migrating from a conventional data center infrastructure (named Performance Optimization Data center (POD) with redundant servers) to a next-generation virtual Performance Optimized Data center (named virtual POD (vPOD) composed of a pool of disaggregated hardware resources). Results show that vPOD improves availability compared to conventional data center configurations.
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