Intel introduces PCIe NetSec Accelerator for network security

    OEM get reference design

    Intel released a reference design for NetSec Accelerator at the RSA Conference, a PCIe card aimed at network security.

    The reference design that will be available to OEMs is an x86 compute node PCIe card that combines an Intel Atom processor, an Intel Ethernet E810 network interface, and up to 32 GB of memory.

    According to Intel, NetSec Accelerator designed to allow a “secure access service edge (SASE) model, a combination of software-defined security, and wide area network (WAN) functions to be deployed as a cloud-native service.” cloud”. This includes secure cloud access broker (CASB), secure web gateway (SWG), data loss prevention (DLP), and firewall capabilities.

    While these features typically run on a standard server as virtualized or built-in services, Intel NetSec Accelerator provides an alternative approach by reducing infrastructure footprint and placing a network security server on a PCIe plug-in.

    Intel also says that this will allow developers to run existing security software (developed for Intel-based systems) “from the ground up”. Hosts, on the other hand, often have multiple PCIe slots, so running the NetSec Accelerator for SASE service on the same server definitely makes things easy.

    Intel will not launch the device but instead offer it to OEMs as a reference design, so it will be interesting to see which of those OEMs will make such an offer, and Intel says that F5 and Silicon could be the first to come to market.

    “This reference design allows the PCIe add-in card to deliver the capabilities of a single server in a small, power-efficient package. Vendors can integrate SASE functions in this card to make it more affordable,” Intel said. maximize the capabilities of their server infrastructure.” Vice President for Network & Edge Bob Ghaffari in a blog post.

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