Intel’s New Xeon Chip Pushes Confidential Computing to the Cloud

Intel launched on Tuesday its newest server chips, code-named Sapphire Rapids, which will form the backbone of server infrastructure in the public and private cloud.

The chips have built-in security features the company says will prevent attackers from stealing high-value data from computer systems, ensure regulatory compliance, and maintain data sovereignty. These 4th Gen Intel Xeon scalable processors will increase the baseline enclave, and Intel SGX will be able to accurately and securely verify application software loaded in that enclave, the chip giant said in a statement. These server chips fit in with Intel’s confidential computing portfolio.

Confidential computing refers to a security mechanism where a bubble of protection is added around data as it travels over the network between computing systems. That is done through encryption. The Xeon chips add techniques to verify the integrity of code and authentication measures to ensure the data is accessible only to authorized individuals and systems.

The chips create trusted boundaries — which Intel calls trusted execution environments, or TEEs — in which code can be executed. A feature called Trust Domain Execution (TDX) locks down code in a secure enclave that can only be unlocked by those with the right keys or codes. The process of verifying and unlocking the code is called attestation.

The TDX instructions add a boundary around the virtual machine and everything in it, including the guest OS and apps in it, and removes the cloud service provider or other cloud tenants from a trust

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