AMI Provides Support for NVMe Metadata and End-to-End Data Protection

AMI Provides Support for NVMe Metadata and End-to-End Data Protection

Jun 9, 2017 | Press Release

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: – AMI, a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is pleased to announce the support for NVMe® metadata and end-to-end data protection in Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware.

The NVMe specification defines how host software interfaces with a non-volatile memory subsystem and also outlines NVMe metadata information for every block on the drive. Each block can be CRC (Cyclical Redundancy Check) protected and CRC is an integral part of the metadata.

AMI, Inc. (AMI) has added support for NVMe metadata in the Aptio V NVMe driver, providing users with the ability for end-to-end data protection. The added support allows storage of a CRC for every block in the metadata section. CRC is sometimes incorporated into the block data of storage devices to verify the data and identify corruption. While blocks are read from the drive, the Aptio V NVMe driver verifies that each block of data matches the CRC. If the data read from the block does not match the CRC, Aptio V NVMe driver will return an error for that block as “corrupted” data. As blocks are written to the drive, the CRC of the blocks is updated accordingly.

By integrating the support for NVMe metadata in the Aptio V NVMe driver, users can expect their data to be protected since data will go through a verification process, ensuring that any corrupted data is identified and fixed. Aptio V support for NVMe drive metadata exists at the pre-OS time frame and requires operating system support to be available at the OS time frame to get complete data protection.

To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from AMI, please visit ami.com/aptio.

NVMe is a registered trademark of NVM Express, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About AMI

AMI is Firmware Reimagined for modern computing. As a global leader in Dynamic Firmware for security, orchestration and manageability solutions, AMI enables the world’s compute platforms from on-premises to the cloud to the edge. AMI’s industry-leading foundational technology and unwavering customer support have generated lasting partnerships and spurred innovation for some of the most prominent brands in the high-tech industry. AMI is also a critical provider to the Open Compute ecosystem and is a member of numerous industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), PICMG, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP), and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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