Intel Announces vPro Business PC Platform Availability - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Hardware & Infrastructure

Intel Announces vPro Business PC Platform Availability

PCs built on vPro will offer a 50% increase in performance on base-level office applications and as much as twice the performance for processor-intensive applications compared to the existing Intel 2005 Professional Business Platform.

Intel on Thursday announced the availability of its vPro business desktop PC platform, its first for the market to use the recently introduced Core 2 Duo processor as well as provide embedded management and virtualization capabilities.

PCs built on vPro will offer a 50% increase in performance on base-level office applications and as much as twice the performance for processor-intensive applications such as content creation and digital media when compared to the existing Intel 2005 Professional Business Platform, says Mike Ferron-Jones, director of marketing for the Digital Office Platforms Division at Intel.

"This will really give businesses the horsepower to drive new usage models," Ferron-Jones says.

Intel announced the creation of the vPro brand in April, the latest in a series of branded Intel platforms that includes Centrino for laptop PCs and Viiv for consumer entertainment PCs.

The vPro platform is part of Intel's Stable Image Platform, in which the company promises not to change the system software stack and drivers for at least five quarters.

The new platform uses the dual-core Core 2 Duo processor, the Q965 Express chipset, and 82566DM Gigabit Network Connection. Integrated with the vPro platform are Intel's Active Management Technology and Virtualization Technology.

AMT, which is enabled through a microcontroller within the networking chipset, provides the hardware-based ability to handle a number of management tasks currently done with software tools. While software management tools generally require that the PC and its operating system be turned on and working, AMT continues to work even if a PC is off or shut down due to a failure.

The technology can be used to implement such functions as ongoing hardware and software inventory, or deployment of off-hours patches. AMT also can create a security agent on a system that isolates a PC from a network if a threat is detected.

VT can be used to create a virtual appliance running outside the operating system that can be used to monitor and manage security features such as licensing compliance and monitor the network for potential threats.

Intel also announced a number of software companies that have products optimized for vPro, including Abode, Altiris, CA, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Symantec.

The associated processor and chipsets for the vPro platform will be available today, and PCs based on the technology are expected from computer manufactures immediately, Ferron-Jones says.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Slideshows
Top-Paying U.S. Cities for Data Scientists and Data Analysts
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/5/2019
Slideshows
10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/1/2019
Commentary
Study Proposes 5 Primary Traits of Innovation Leaders
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/8/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll