TECH SUPPLIER Mar 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # US46095220

Coprocessors as a Critical Component of Hyperscale Infrastructure Security: The AWS Nitro Approach as a Reference

By: Ashish NadkarniGroup Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, Deepak MohanResearch Director, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Kuba StolarskiResearch Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

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This IDC Market Perspective discusses coprocessors as a critical component of hyperscale infrastructure security.

The current silicon-centric architecture deployed in datacenters, edge devices, and consumer handhelds has started to show its limitations in the era of hyperscale, multitenant, and shared-everything computing. Compromises to any part of this CPU subsystem with low-level, hardware-centric attacks pose a threat to applications and data that resides in the system. Processor-based and coprocessor-based approaches are two ways in which such vulnerabilities can be mitigated as and when they occur.

"OEM vendors and service providers will continue drive differentiation in their products and services by investing in processor- and coprocessor-based approaches that are unique to them. The more the investment, the more differentiated the service," said Deepak Mohan, research director, Cloud Infrastructure Services at IDC.


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