As expected Intel today unveiled its new Intel vPro platform for business PCs. This technology is a Centrino-like platform for business PCs, it focuses on security, cost reduction and energy-efficient performance.
The vPro business platform will be available in the second half of this year and will feature Intel's upcoming 64-bit dual-core Core architecture processors. It also includes support for Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) and Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT).
The company today outlined how Intel vPro technology will deliver these benefits later this year through broad collaborations with industry-leading software leaders and IT service companies, and support from PC system manufacturers around the world. Intel vPro brand is the newest addition to Intel's brand portfolio, and its first targeting businesses and IT customers.
Offering businesses avenues to reduce PC support costs, Intel AMT will help manage, inventory, diagnose and repair PCs even when systems are turned off or have crashed operating systems or hard drives. The second generation of Intel AMT offers the ability to isolate infected PCs before they impact the network and alert IT when threats are removed.
Further strengthening PC security, Intel VT allows for separate independent hardware-based environments inside a single PC so IT managers can create a dedicated, tamper-resistant service environment, or partition, where particular tasks or activities can run independently, invisible to and isolated from PC users.
Support for Intel vPro technology is also evident from new applications and solutions that will be available over the next year from global software vendors, including Adobe, Altiris, Avocent, Check Point, Cisco, Computer Associates, Hitachi JP1, HP OpenView, Kaspersky Lab, LANDesk, Lenovo, Lockdown Networks, Microsoft, Novell, Panorama SW, SAP, Skype, StarSoftComm, SyAM Software, Symantec and Zenith.
Leaders in the IT services industry are also benefiting from the built-in manageability capabilities of Intel vPro technology. Global technology services companies, including Atos Origin, EDS and Siemens AG have all achieved IT costs reductions through Intel AMT and have published papers outlining the time and cost saving benefits of Intel AMT-based platforms.
Intel vPro-based PCs will also include Intel's latest integrated graphics providing performance for mainstream business applications and being capable of delivering the full array of graphics interface features in Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system.
Intel vPro technology will be part of the Intel Stable Image Platform program, which offers predictable transitions and promises that the Intel software stack and drivers will be available and unchanged for five quarters from the time of the product launch. In its fourth year, this program allows businesses to qualify a system once, instead of being forced to requalify the system due to software or hardware changes.