Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a standard message-based hardware management interface which consists a hardware chip which implements the core of IPMI. IPMI defines a specific way for embedded management subsystems to communicate with CPU’s, embedded management sub-subsystems and Remote management applications (with the help of serial lines, LANs, etc.). IPMI management consists of various subsystems are embedded such as BMCs (baseboard management controllers), EMCs (enclosure management controllers through the application of the IPMB standard) and PMCs (peripheral management controllers through ICMB). Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) or Management Controller (MC) is the hardware chip which is used to upfront the IPMI and helps in controlling the server.
Primary features of IPMI includes monitors system (temperatures, fans, voltages, power supplies, system physical security, bus errors, etc.), Recovery Control (Recover or Restart the server), Logging and Inventory which are provided independently from CPU, BIOS and Operating System. IPMI out-of-band operation allows the system to operate, even when hosts in-band communication is not functioning. IPMI enable systems to be interoperable, extensible, and scalable. IPMI is finding high usage in various sectors and new geographical areas which are driving the market. Because of its vast usage and secure climate IPMI market will witness an escalating demand globally.
IPMI facilitates processor independent monitoring which is driving the market. IPMI is a standard that shapes a consistent hardware and software framework. Also, IPMI implementations reduce development time by handling standard failures. Because of the significant features, IPMI has found applications in various vertical such as banking, healthcare, retail, financial services, aviation, insurance, IT, Manufacturing, Telecom, education, research, public sector and many more. Industries such as retail, aviation, IT and telecom requires specialized IPMI systems because a single breakdown in hardware can kill the sales for that period.
Industries such as retail, aviation, IT and telecom need dedicated IPMI systems because a single failure in hardware can kill the sales for that period. Many industry vertical deals with a large workforce, diverse customer profiles and assets in different locations. In the current scenario, the economic and financial sector development has supported the automation and expansion of IT structure, which changed the operating environment of these industries forever and played a significant role in shaping and strengthening economies of developing countries such as India and China.
However, IPMI comes along with many restraints. IPMI might give total control in the hands of a remote attacker who can get complete control over a vulnerable operating system. IPMI firmware also contains many security flaws such as buffer overflow vulnerabilities, shell injection, and privilege escalation vulnerabilities. Some of the IPMI have poorly written shell scripts, bad architecture, and terrible security design. The high price is also a major restraint for the market as it restricts companies looking for IPMI for their network of computers because of the budget.IPMI market has an opportunity towards the advancements in the retail sector since it requires a large number of systems running continuously 24/7. Also, IPMI can foresee a substantial market growth in China and Japan because of advancement in the telecommunication sector in these regions.
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