General Management Interface System Overview and Description
The GMI system is a protocol, software agent, API, and standard set of command-line utilities that permits a user to query and control a remote platform. The system includes a simple but effective security model based upon passwords and “IP Allow Lists”. Agent functions are provided by remotely uploading and installing new software modules (herein called “Apps” or “Applications”) to extend the range of functions.
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The GMI system is intended to satisfy several chronic problems within industry.
- The GMI system permits a single “master” agent to be responsible for all control and monitor functions of a platform, reducing the proliferation of different agent interfaces and consoles to a single slim agent.
- The GMI system provides a very simple API that allows other developers and organizations to create and deploy new application software to the agent.
- The GMI system provides a secure way of managing and monitoring a platform based upon verifiable security algorithms (such as AES-256, or user supplied encryption methods.)
- The GMI system reduces system complexity and cost of ownership.
- The GMI system provides an open-source community of developers that extend the usefulness of the agent program without sacrificing security.
In conclusion, GMI is intended as a full featured availability management system, furnishing to users a simple method of managing all activities that may be necessary by an organization (given proper support by existing or new Apps, available as open source or for profit software.) Each of the above concepts are discussed in more detail within the paragraphs that follow.