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UEFI and the Cloud

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UEFI 2.3.1 and the lead-up to Windows 8 featured many client-focused usages, such as fast-boot (e.g., BGRT) and UEFI Secure Boot. 

With the recent publication of the UEFI 2.5 specification, the data center requirements come more to forefront. A pre-UEFI2.5 discussion of the 'problem statements' of the Cloud was held at the last Open Compute Project http://www.opencompute.org/community/events/summit/ocp-us-summit-2015/ by Mallik from Microsoft and myself https://www.flickr.com/photos/106659057@N08/16966691206/in/set-72157651601950765. The material can be found at http://www.uefi.org/sites/default/files/resources/OCP_SJC_2015_UEFI_for_Cloud.pdf. We are reprising that material with some insights from the recent UEFI Specifications http://www.uefi.org/node/897 at the Spring UEFI Plugfest http://www.uefi.org/node/887

We've updated our earlier white paper a bit to cover some of the new material if you want to get a taste of the talk https://firmware.intel.com/sites/default/files/resources/UEFI_Plugfest_2015_Challenges_in_the_Cloud_Whitepaper_0.pdf.

Hope to talk more face-to-face with the community members on this excited subject area.