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Four Ways Dell’s 16G PowerEdge Servers Boost Cyber Resiliency For The Enterprise

  Mark Hargreaves     Mar 12, 2024

Learn the four essential reasons why Dell 16G PowerEdge servers are at the forefront of server cybersecurity to ensure security at the enterprise level.Businesses face the constant challenge of fortifying their defenses to maintain resilience, productivity, and uninterrupted operations. This is especially important given the world’s increased data breach events, server outages, and the growing volume of data and users accessing their systems.

Striking a balance between keeping servers in top condition and managing costs is an ongoing struggle for most organizations. Additionally, IT infrastructure needs to be fast enough to detect and neutralize threats before further damage is caused. How can organizations ensure their server equipment consistently performs at peak level? This article examines solutions that may help support your business’s IT and cybersecurity goals.

Servers Are Working Double Time

Servers are under increased pressure due to evolving cybersecurity threats. Key challenges include:

  1. Vulnerability to malware attacks and compromised data integrity/accessibility. Cybercriminals exploit human trust to steal sensitive information through methods like phishing and baiting.
  2. Some attackers compromise software components during development or distribution.
  3. Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are stealthy, targeted attacks coordinated by well-funded adversaries. They persistently sneak into networks and intercept server communication, typically aimed at conducting espionage or stealing data.
  4. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks constantly overwhelm servers, thus rendering them inaccessible to legitimate users.
  5. Security teams are always on high alert due to threats powered by artificial intelligence (AI), as well as security risks related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing. This is particularly challenging when their infrastructure is outdated and lacks adequate monitoring and automated mitigation capabilities.

Organizations must adopt a proactive, layered approach to safeguard their servers and data. 

Invest In Robust IT Infrastructure For Optimal Performance

Imagine a scenario where vulnerabilities are embedded within the very infrastructure powering your business. Data breaches and APTs cripple operations, erode customer trust, and inflict significant financial damage. This is a harsh reality for many organizations relying on servers with inadequate security measures. More than ever, investing in a strong cybersecurity infrastructure is essential to achieve an organization’s security goals. Dell understands the challenges of modern IT teams and they answer the call to introduce more secure platforms. With the advanced features offered by the 16th Generation (16G) PowerEdge servers, you are assured of optimal server performance and security tailor-fit for your business requirements.

Let’s explore four ways PowerEdge servers can fortify an organization's defenses.

1. Built-in Security

Dell's 16G PowerEdge servers address cybersecurity challenges head-on with the Secure Development Lifecycle (DSDLC). This comprehensive approach integrates security throughout the entire development process, from initial design to ongoing monitoring.

The benefits for enterprises include:

  • Proactive Vulnerability Mitigation: DSDLC identifies and addresses vulnerabilities early in the development process through threat modeling and adhering to secure coding and vulnerability testing practices.
  • Rapid Threat Response: The DSDLC framework enables swift responses to emerging threats. Dell’s security experts continuously monitor the threat landscape to ensure timely patches and updates.
  • Compliance Advantage: The process aligns with industry standards, providing a solid foundation for compliance.
2. Hardware-Enforced Security

Beyond secure development, PowerEdge servers boast a range of hardware-based security features at the supply chain level that provide a strong foundation for your overall security posture. These features include:

  • Silicon Root of Trust (RoT): This hardware technology establishes a hardware-based foundation for Zero Trust, which is also applied in their supply chain process. RoT uses cryptography to verify that a computer’s firmware is genuine before it even starts up. This prevents hackers from tampering with the system and drastically reduces their potential targets.
  • Secure Boot: PowerEdge servers leverage UEFI Secure Boot to ensure only authorized firmware is loaded during the boot process. This safeguards against unauthorized modifications and malicious code injection.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0: An integrated security chip is embedded in each server to store encryption keys and perform secure authentication tasks.

These hardware-backed security features work together seamlessly to create a more robust and trustworthy server environment.

3. Automated Security Management

Manual security configurations are time-consuming and prone to human error. PowerEdge servers address this concern with the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), a management tool that streamlines workflows to minimize errors.

iDRAC allows you to:

  • Automate firmware updates.
  • Centralize security policies across your entire PowerEdge server fleet.
  • Monitor system health and identify potential security threats in real time. iDRAC provides comprehensive system logs and alerts, allowing you to proactively address security concerns.

iDRAC empowers IT teams to focus on higher-level security strategies while reducing the risk of human error in security configurations.

4. Flexible Security Solutions

PowerEdge servers offer a wide range of security options including software integrations and features that are tailored to specific workloads. For example, virtualized environments benefit from Secure VM for improved isolation. This flexibility allows you to develop a thorough security strategy that correlates with your organization's needs and the threats it is defending against.

Final Thoughts

Dell 16G PowerEdge servers offer a compelling value proposition for security-conscious enterprises. These servers combine advanced technology, automation, and flexible security to help strengthen your cyber resilience, empower your IT team, and stay ahead of evolving threats.

Well-versed in server solutions, WEI is dedicated to helping your organization strengthen its cybersecurity posture by investing in advanced solutions such as Dell PowerEdge servers. Contact us as our team of experts is committed to empowering your organization to confidently navigate the digital landscape.

Next Steps: As a longtime partner, WEI knows that Dell Technologies follows an intrinsic approach to cybersecurity. Security is integrated, not bolted-on after the fact, and it is integrated into every step of Dell PowerEdge. Learn how Dell PowerEdge servers follow this strategy and mindset in this short video.


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Mark Hargreaves

Written by Mark Hargreaves

Mark Hargreaves is a Virtualization Engineer here at WEI. He holds numerous certifications from VMware, Cisco, and Microsoft, including the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV). He brings expertise and experience with him that enables him to put his customers first when dealing with vCenter, vSAN, deployments, upgrades, and troubleshooting.

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