HPE unveils Gen10 at Discover 2017

New infrastructure is ‘most secure’ available, company claims

HPE has refreshed its ProLiant server range with Gen10, what it claims is the most secure server infrastructure on the market.

Key to the security claim is the notion of a "digital fingerprint" built into its silicon and firmware if they don't match at start up, then the server won't boot.

Speaking to IT Pro at HPE Discover Las Vegas, where the technology was announced, Andrew Watson, chief technologist for global industries at HPE, said: "One of the weaknesses that we've seen in hardware is firmware attacks. We can build in a fingerprint, effectively, into [the server's iLO chip], and then when your firware boots up, unless the fingerprint of that firmware matches the fingerprint of what you've put into the hardware it won't boot."

Importantly, as all the technology from the silicon to the firmware is proprietary, the only way a mismatch could happen is if the firmware had been tampered with, HPE claims.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

"We think it is even more secure is because we have got that connection now right down into the firmware." Watson said.

In addition to the silicon fingerprinting technology, Gen10 also has an Enterprise Secure Key Manager tool built in, which enables companies to secure cloud, storage, and server together, giving a greater consistency of experience.

Sat on top of all this is technology from Niara, which HPE acquired in February, which provides behavioural monitoring that can, in combination with its Clear Pass technology, identify and isolate potentially infected devices that are trying to access the network.

The technology was built to have a secure end of life, too, with Alain Andreoli, SVP and GM of the data centre infrastructure group at HPE telling Discover conference delegates: "We thought about the lifecycle of the server and planned for the grave", meaning that when it reaches end of life after 7-10 years, the data can't be reconstructed.

Antonio Neri, executive VP and GM of the enterprise group at HPE, told Discover delegates during his conference keynote: "This is the most secure server you're going to find on the planet. This is an incredible achievement that I'm incredibly proud of."

Gen10 will start shipping later this year.

Featured Resources

The IT Pro guide to Windows 10 migration

Everything you need to know for a successful transition

Download now

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Software-defined storage for dummies

Control storage costs, eliminate storage bottlenecks and solve storage management challenges

Download now

6 best practices for escaping ransomware

A complete guide to tackling ransomware attacks

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/strategy/28233/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hpe
Business strategy

Everything you need to know about HPE

24 Jun 2019
Visit/server-storage/34260/hpe-proliant-dl20-gen10-review-compact-and-bijou
Server & storage

HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 review: Compact and bijou

31 Aug 2019
Visit/server-storage/34140/hpe-proliant-ml30-gen10-review-a-tower-of-strength
Server & storage

HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen10 review: A tower of strength

5 Aug 2019
Visit/business-strategy/33903/view-from-the-airport-hpe-discover-2019
Business strategy

View from the airport: HPE Discover 2019

25 Jun 2019

Most Popular

Visit/security/identity-and-access-management-iam/354289/44-million-microsoft-customers-found-using
identity and access management (IAM)

44 million Microsoft customers found using compromised passwords

6 Dec 2019
Visit/cloud/microsoft-azure/354230/microsoft-not-amazon-is-going-to-win-the-cloud-wars
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft, not Amazon, is going to win the cloud wars

30 Nov 2019
Visit/hardware/354237/five-signs-that-its-time-to-retire-it-kit
Sponsored

Five signs that it’s time to retire IT kit

29 Nov 2019
Visit/business/business-strategy/354195/where-modernisation-and-sustainability-meet-a-tale-of-two
Sponsored

Where modernisation and sustainability meet: A tale of two benefits

25 Nov 2019