Data security is an ongoing threat to organizations of all sizes. Cyber intrusions and attacks can result in system and business downtime, lost productivity, lost revenue and lost customers. Not to mention the immense challenges involved with corrupted data, the inability to comply with government regulations for data protection and damaged corporate reputation.
Server security is therefore paramount; its importance cannot be overstated. However, like many IT managers, most of your customers are likely to be focusing on protecting the operating system and applications from malicious attacks—little thought is given to how secure the underlying server infrastructure is.
The need for a holistic approach to server security
The frequently overlooked reality is that server infrastructure is also key to data center security. You’re ideally placed to inform and educate your customers about the need for their IT security strategies to also consider the critical areas of both server hardware design and firmware.
In End-to-End Server Security: the IT Leader’s Guide ,1 it’s argued that a holistic approach to security is one of the essential building blocks for successful IT transformation – and that PowerEdge servers are uniquely designed to support this.
PowerEdge: the bedrock of the modern data center
The latest Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers, powered by next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, were specifically developed to drive IT transformation—with no compromises.
Integrated security is one of the key tenets of the new PowerEdge Servers proposition. Because we believe that to optimally protect, detect and recover from cyberattacks, security has to be built into server hardware design—from the drawing board onwards.
Are your customers aware that the latest portfolio of PowerEdge servers features an enhanced cyber-resilient architecture? This extends across every aspect of the server, including the embedded server firmware, the data stored in the system, the operating system, peripheral devices and the management operations within it.
The total cost of ownership and productivity advantages of leveraging a cyber-resilient server architecture include management software, robust system recovery capabilities and advanced security features.2 For large or otherwise critical deployments, where it is essential to minimize downtime, each additional layer of protection also reduces risks of failure or compromise.
Advanced security that’s built in, not bolted on
Dell EMC pioneered root of trust within its iDRAC embedded PowerEdge servers. Now, we also use insight from Dell Technologies companies Secureworks and RSA to seamlessly integrate security, threat and hacking technique defense into the server design to ensure resiliency in the chipset and BIOS from the outset—it’s purposefully built in, rather than bolted on.
Ensure your customers understand that the sophisticated and fully integrated security features of the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers far outstrip those of competitor products.
In addition to enhanced UEFI secure boot functionality with custom certificates, PowerEdge servers come with System Lockdown, Secure Erase, Rapid OS Recovery and Dynamically Enabled USB ports. These are detailed in our Technical White Paper3—a great resource to share with technical colleagues.
To discover more, download our End-to-End Server Security white paper .
1 Business white paper by the Dell EMC PowerEdge Server Solutions Group , ‘End-to-End Server Security: the IT Leader’s Guide’, 2018.
2 EMA white paper, commissioned by Dell EMC, ‘Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers: Investing in a Cyber-Resilient Architecture’, February 2018.
3 Technical white paper, ‘Cyber Resilient Security in Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers’, January 2018.