Intel vPro Technology Delivers Strengthened Security and
The way the world views and uses business PCs is about to change with the
introduction of Intel Corporation's new Intel(R) vPro(TM) technology, a
revolutionary shift in desktop PC security and manageability along with
remarkable energy-saving computing performance.
Businesses today are plagued by increasing economic and security threats such
as malicious viruses, spyware and identity theft, while IT managers are driven
to improve processes and customer service models. Intel vPro technology will
offer businesses and IT a competitive edge with breakthrough innovations and
technologies to help get the most out of resources and shrinking IT budgets.
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.
"Like Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology and Intel(R) Viiv(TM)
technology, Intel vPro technology will bring together world-class innovations
throughout the processor, chipsets, networking and software," said William A.
Swope, Intel vice president and director of Digital Enterprise Brand Management.
"This technology significantly advances desktop PCs and will quite simply offer
businesses security and manageability like never before -- all on one of the
most powerful and energy-efficient PCs in the market."
At the heart of the first Intel vPro-based PCs will be an Intel(R) Core(TM)
microarchitecture dual-core processor. This next-generation, 64-bit
microarchitecture bestows significant gains in performance and reductions in
power-consumption improving responsiveness and productivity.
Intel vPro technology also includes the second-generation of Intel(R) Active
Management Technology (Intel(R) AMT) and Intel(R) Virtualization Technology
(Intel(R) VT). Intel VT will be integrated into the dual-core processor while
the next-generation Intel AMT will be integrated into the new platform chipset.
These hardware innovations, when combined with industry-enabled software
solutions, represent the superior manageability and strengthened security behind
the Intel vPro brand.
Offering businesses avenues to reduce PC support costs, Intel AMT helps
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.
Demonstrating the industry support for Intel vPro technology, Symantec(1), an
IT-trusted industry leader, today announced plans to work with Intel to build
security solutions creating an isolated environment outside of the main PC
operating system for the purpose of managing security threats. This
tamper-resistant virtualized environment will deliver stronger control and
protection in the data infrastructure.
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(1) operating system.
Intel vPro technology will be part of the Intel(R) 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.
Intel vPro technology will usher in this new era for business computing
starting in the second half of the year and will be identified by a new logo on
PCs from major system manufacturers and channel resellers worldwide.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies,
products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.