The drive to redefine enterprise total cost of ownership (TCO) has contributed to the rise of midrange systems, the type of servers that can process large-scale instructions and applications, though less powerful than mainstream servers. Midrange network servers have been favored by small-and-medium enterprises and regional division and subsidiaries of global corporations due to their affordable TCO, lower power consumption and scalable open architecture mainly by Intel architecture-based platforms.

Many of today’s networking devices are built with LAN bypass function to prevent failed LAN transmission from impeding important in-flow critical data. The function is to ensure fault-tolerance for network appliances so that essential communications an be still continued even when software, hardware or power failure occurs. The basic idea of bypass is “cross-connection”. When an Ethernet port fails, the dysfunctional port will be temporarily disconnected from the system interface and all the in-line data will flow into the other LAN port so that data is still received.

Secure Boot is a form of verified booting technology which ensures boot path validations. As defined in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) specifications, this BIOS-based technology assures that the system firmware checks if the boot loader is signed with a cryptographic key contained in the database in the firmware. In other words, Secure Boot is a firmware-based boot path validation mechanism that contains cryptographic key and it will check if the boot loader is protected by the key. Only the ones with proper digital signature verification in the next-stage boot loaders, kernels or user space can access the system. This will prevent the execution of codes that are not signed with the cryptographic key programmed in the system firmware.

Intel® DPDK is a software set of libraries and Ethernet drivers compatible on any Intel x86 processors for accelerated packet processing. It is designed to run in Linux environment for enterprise and industrial network management.

The launch of Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 series platform indicates that IT management is heading into a new generation of processing capabilities. The new Intel® Xeon® server-based platform presents a great leap in CPU performance, RAM efficiency, PCH connectivity, and networking modules to deliver unprecedentedly low latency, high bandwidth and relatively lower power consumption.

The powerful coupling of the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 and the Intel C610 PCH, codenamed “Grantley,” is a platform designed to meet the challenges of today’s virtualization and security management.

In the cloud computing era people are connected to the Internet through their devices wherever they go. However, with all this convenience of data accessibility and availability come big challenges in data protection.