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The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a standardized computer system interface used by system administrators to manage a computer system and monitor its operation. A specification, developed by Dell, HP, Intel and NEC, that defines interfaces for use in monitoring the physical health of servers, such as temperature, voltage, fans, power supplies and chassis. The goal is to allow easier management of large numbers of servers from multiple vendors. Analysts say it can help reduce costs by letting administrators remotely manage, diagnose and reboot servers whether the operating system is running or the system has crashed. It does it regardless of platform. Users might have IPMI running on their servers and not even know it. Today, systems vendors for the most part do not actively promote the standard, although it increasingly is being embedded into servers, storage and other network devices. About 150 vendors have adopted IPMI. IPMI is a message-based hardware management interface that is implemented at the silicon level and uses a baseboard management controller, which is a small processor that sets up IPMI as a subsystem independent of the server's CPU or operating system. It enables remote monitoring, management and recovery capabilities, regardless of the status of the server.

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