Intel vPro Promises IT Managers Less Needy Desktops

Intel aims to change the corporate desktop landscape with its vPro platform. The business desktop chip platform, which incorporates Intel's recently introduced Core 2 Duo processor and a new supporting chip set that includes its Advanced Management Technology, will be unveiled on Sept. 7 and is expected to be used in PCs from some brand-name PC makers almost immediately, sources familiar with Intel's plans said.

Intel says vPro, made public for the first time in April, will bolster security for desktop PCs and make them easier to manage remotely, two things it says will aid corporate IT managers and ultimately help companies save on PC management costs.

The platform's management features, many of which hinge on an updated version of Intel's Active Management Technology dubbed AMT 2.0, will produce the savings in part by applying automation or remote management to tasks that would normally require a deskside visit by IT staff, Intel said.

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