Finally there is a modern replacement for IPMI. There is a new systems management standard called Redfish which is now available on Dell servers in the form of the 220.127.116.11 firmware update for iDRAC and LC. Redfish makes use of a REST API interface and employs JSON as its data format. Now it’s possible for anyone to programmatically control servers via Python or Java and to do so without having to care which brand the server is – yes, it’s vendor neutral. Other vendors will release (or already have released) their own versions, but since it’s a standard the implementations all work the same way.
I was the co-author on a whitepaper for the Redfish API and anyone interested can download the document here.