Intel Says vPro Tames Business PC Management

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-09-07 Print this article Print

The chip maker's new platform aims to bolster security and remote management for business desktops; PC makers are stepping up to carry it.

Intel is promising to smooth PC management with the introduction of vPro, a new chip platform for business desktops.

Intel unveiled the collection of chips in a news release Sept. 7. The lineup, as expected, includes its recently introduced Core 2 Duo processor, Q965 chip set and 82566DM Gigabit network interface connector. The platform was immediately adopted by several PC makers, including Hewlett-Packard and Gateway.

Intel said vPro, made public for the first time in April, will bolster security for desktop PCs and make them easier to manage by introducing several automatic self-management capabilities and smoothing out remote management for IT staff.

Improving the functions of management and security, Intel said, will simplify the work of corporate IT managers and thus ultimately help companies save on PC management costs. The platform also sets apart Intel's business PC hardware from that of rival Advanced Micro Devices, which has been gaining ground with business PC manufacturers of late.

"What we're looking to do is bring together the best of business technologies into a single package," said Mike Ferron-Jones, director of marketing for Intel's Digital Office Platforms Division, in Santa Clara, Calif. The chip maker wants to help "solve business computing problems in terms of manageability and better security and provide it all in an energy-efficient package," he said.

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John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET News.com, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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