Data Center Security Technology

The Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform delivers a hardware-based root-of-trust environment. Protection features extend up from the silicon, through the platform hardware and firmware, helping protect data center infrastructure.

What Is Data Center Security?

Data center security refers to the technologies and practices that help protect the servers in the data center, as well as the data and applications hosted within them. Servers should be both physically and virtually secure. Safeguarding data center infrastructure is a critical part of a strong IT security strategy.

Hardware-Based Security vs. Software Security

Cyberattacks are evolving, and software alone is no longer enough to protect against the latest security threats. Software can be spoofed by breaches at the lower layer—in other words, if the firmware, BIOS, OS, or hypervisor are compromised, hackers can gain privileged access to systems. It takes a combination of software and hardware-based security features to help keep data center infrastructure secure, starting from the root with platform silicon.

Start with a Root of Trust to Build a Chain of Trust

Security is only as strong as the layer below it. By starting with a root of trust in the silicon, security architects can help create a trusted foundation for computing. Security features can be strengthened at each layer to make the entire system or stack more secure, creating a chain of trust through the firmware, BIOS, OS, and hypervisor. This lightens the load on software and helps to minimize the impact to system performance—so you don’t have to compromise performance for security.

Intel® security technologies enable server hardening and fully support Trusted Platform Module (TPM) standards. With technologies like Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX), Intel can help architects work toward a zero-trust strategy and align with industry data center security standards.