RSA: Intel reference design to accelerate SASE, other security tasks

Intel has introduced a reference design it says can enable accelerator cards for security workloads including secure access service edge (SASE), IPsec, and SSL/TLS.

The upside of the server cards would be offloading some application processing from CPUs, effectively increasing server performance without requiring additional server rack space, according to Intel.

The announcement was made at RSA Conference 2022, and details were published in a blog post by Bob Ghaffardi, Intel vice president and general manager of the Enterprise and Cloud Division.

With the Intel NetSec Accelerator Reference Design, third-party manufacturers can build PCI Express (PCIe)-based cards featuring Intel QuickAssist Technology acceleration and Intel-based server functionality, including orchestration and management.

Intel says it has multiple partners currently developing products based on the reference design, and two displayed them at RSA: Silicom showed its AONIC Card, and F5 showed a security application running on hardware based on the design.

“We created the design to help edge network and security solution providers quickly build, deploy, and scale networking and security functions within SASE stacks without adding rack space,” Ghaffardi wrote. “This reference design enables a PCIe add-in card to deliver the capabilities of a server within a small, power-efficient package. Vendors can integrate SASE functions in this card to maximize the capabilities of their server infrastructure at the edge.”

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