Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) improves on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm, giving IT environments faster data protection, greater security.
What is it?
Intel® AES-NI is a new encryption instruction set that improves on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm and accelerates the encryption of data in the Intel® Xeon® processor family and the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family.
Comprised of seven new instructions, Intel® AES-NI gives your IT environment faster, more affordable data protection and greater security, making pervasive encryption feasible in areas where previously it was not.
See how Intel® AES-NI better protects your business-critical data from malicious attacks. Watch the demo.
Why Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) matters
With recent advancements in cloud computing, businesses are sending more business-critical information into the cloud and outside the security perimeter of the traditional IT environments than ever before. As a result, a more widely usable and secure encryption standard such as AES and acceleration mechanisms like Intel® AES-NI are essential.
Thankfully, AES is a widely-deployed encryption standard when protecting network traffic, personal data, and corporate IT infrastructures, and Intel® AES-NI can be used to accelerate the AES encryption. With such robust, affordable, and flexible options, Intel® AES-NI can help your business stay ahead of growing threats.
How it works
By implementing some intensive sub-steps of the AES algorithm into the hardware, Intel® AES-NI strengthens and accelerates execution of the AES application.
The seven new instructions comprising Intel® AES-NI accelerate encryption and decryption and improve key generation and matrix manipulation, all while aiding in carry-less multiplication. This minimizes application performance concerns inherent in traditional cryptographic processing and provides enhanced security by addressing recently discovered side channel attacks on AES.
For more detailed information on the advantages of Intel® AES-NI, and the full range of features it offers to provide a secure computing environment, please read the white paper on data protection.