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Intel to boost business PC performance and cut usage costs

Antony Savvas

Intel has introduced its Intel vPro packaged hardware and software technology to help boost the performance and security of business PCs.

Intel claimed that beta trials of the technology at large and small firms had also shown that Intel vPro could deliver cost savings in PC maintenance and labour costs.

Robert Crooke, vice-president and general manager of Intel’s business client group, said, “We are packing in features that address what plagues businesses most – security threats, cost of ownership, resource allocation, asset management and uptime – into a single platform.”

Intel’s new Intel Core 2 Duo processor is at the heart of Intel vPro technology, delivering up to a 40% increase in processing performance and a 40% increase in energy efficiency, said Intel.

Intel vPro also includes the second generation of Intel Active Management Technology, Intel Virtualisation Technology, the new Intel Q965 Express chipset, and the Intel 82566DM Gigabit Network Connection solution.

Intel said these features delivered superior manageability and strengthened security to large and small businesses.

Adam Braunstein, an analyst at RFG, said of the Intel launch, “The commodity-driven nature of the PC market is turning around, as advancements in hardware and software technology as well as vendor services offerings are helping to differentiate products and offer additional added value.

“IT executives should remember that PC hardware only typically accounts for 15% of a PC's total cost of ownership, so they should look for differentiated offerings that can help to reduce support and maintenance life cycle costs,” said Braunstein.

Intel is releasing more than 20 vPro case study trials at large and small businesses, IT service outsourcers and managed service providers.

The outcomes, said Intel, point to expected PC maintenance and labour cost savings that range from 7% to 95%, resulting from reductions in IT desk-side visits.

Companies that participated in the early tests included the BMW Group and ING. More information is available at www.intel.com/business/vpro/casestudies

Adobe, Altiris, CA, Check Point, Cisco, HP, LANDesk, Lenovo, Microsoft, StarSoftComm, Symantec, Trend Micro and Zenith are to include vPro technology into products.

IT services outsourcers, including Atos Origin, EDS and Siemens Business Services, will also incorporate the Intel technology into their offerings to businesses.


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