Redfish Release 2021.2 Now Available

DMTF’s Redfish®, Release 2021.2 is now available for public download. Designed to deliver simple and secure management for hybrid IT and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), the latest release of the Redfish standard includes 8 new schemas, 42 schema updates, and additional developer resources. 

The new release includes the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework allowing for authorization to be performed by an external entity – no usernames or passwords need to be provided by the client.  Additionally, there are several new additions to the support modeling use cases for SmartNICs including the AllowDenyCollection, which was added to NetworkDeviceFunction to show firewalling configurations; the ProcessorCollection was added to NetworkAdapter to show offload processors dedicated to a SmartNIC; and a DPU Value was added to SystemType in ComputerSystem to showcase a system-view of an SoC on a SmartNIC. Key provisioning via Redfish was also added to support NVMe-oF boot use cases where UEFI and the OS need key information to connect to remote NVMe-oF targets.

These latest enhancements are driven by the growth of Redfish and interoperability feedback received from implementers. Some of the items in the new Redfish 2021.2 update include:

  • Redfish Specification v1.14.0 – Adds OAuth 2.0 as a method of authorization and a new clause describing OEM-defined query parameters.
  • 2021.2 Redfish Schema Bundle – This .zip file contains the current versions of all Redfish schemas. The bundle includes 8 new schemas, 42 schema updates and additional developer resources. 
    • Addition of AllowDeny, Battery, BatteryMetrics, Cable, Control, Key, KeyPolicy, KeyService schemas
    • Support for “power shelf” products (requested by Open Compute Project members) added to the PowerDistribution schema
    • New PowerLimitWatts and OperatingSpeedRangeMHz properties complete transition from Power and Thermal schemas
    • Added metrics for Fibre Channel devices to PortMetrics and NetworkDeviceFunctionMetrics
    • Includes Redfish Interoperability Profiles v1.4.0 – Adds support for documenting License and ContributedBy information within a Profile document. Updated both DSP0272 and DSP8013.
  • Redfish Message Registry Bundle 2021.2 – The Message Registry Bundle (DSP8011) contains all released Redfish message registries. The 2021.2 release adds new HeartbeatEvent message registry for clients desiring periodic notifications. 
  • Redfish Release 2021.2 Overview – This presentation provides detailed descriptions of each revision in Redfish 2021.2.
  • Redfish Resource and Schema Guide – Updated for 2021.2, this human-readable guide to the Redfish Schema is designed to help educate users of Redfish. Application developers and DevOps personnel creating client-side software to communicate with a Redfish service, as well as other consumers of the standard, will benefit from the explanations in this resource. 
  • Redfish Property Guide – Intended primarily for schema authors, this newly revised reference helps with locating existing property definitions within the Redfish schema. 
  • Redfish Release History – Updated with each new release, this presentation offers a comprehensive view of each revision to Redfish since 2016.

DMTF’s Redfish Forum would like to invite anyone interested in learning about the Redfish 2021.2 release to join a live webinar, hosted via Zoom, on October 6 at 8:00 a.m. PT. The Forum chairs will present the contents of the release and a Q&A session will follow. For questions regarding the webinar, email: webinars@dmtf.org. Don’t delay, be sure to register today!

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