HPE Secures Industry Standard Servers

Monday Jun 5th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Integrated firmware security and a move toward composable infrastructure are on HPE's Discover agenda.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is expanding its server portfolio with new management and security capabilities announced today at the company's Discover conference in Las Vegas.

On the security front, HPE has developed what it is calling the "silicon root of trust" to help mitigate the risk of firmware-based malware. The root of trust makes use of custom silicon and HPE's Integrated Lights Out (iLO) firmware.

"HPE's silicon root of trust designs security directly into the iLO chip, creating an immutable fingerprint in the silicon, preventing servers from booting up unless the firmware matches the fingerprint," HPE stated.

HPE has been working on different forms of boot time securing over the years. Back in 2013, Hewlett Packard first started to publicly talk about its SureStart BIOS protection technology for PCs, which was further expanded in 2015.

Software-Defined Infrastructure and OneView 3.1

HPE also updated its OneView server management system to version 3.1, providing new capabilities that enable organizations to define composable infrastructure, including storage, compute and networking components.

The compute piece, as defined by HPE's servers, will now benefit from an enhanced system-tuning feature. The HPE Intelligent System Tuning service enables organizations to fine-tune Intel Xeon processor performance to meet the needs of a given workload.

"Customers shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to security, the agility of software-defined infrastructure and the flexibility of cloud economics," Alain Andreoli, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Infrastructure Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said in a statement.

"With our ProLiant Gen10 portfolio, HPE is offering customers the best compute experience in the industry with unmatched security, new ways to accelerate insights and payment models that allow customers to choose options that work best for them," Andreoli continued.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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