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Intel vPro processor offers PC security, mgmt capabilities

Posted: 29 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:vPro processors  desktop PCs  increased security capabilities 

Intel Corp. has unveiled its newest vPro processor technology for business and IT with better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats. The Intel vPro processor technology packages a new Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Intel Q35 Express chipset and several technology innovations offering a host of security and management capabilities for desktop PCs, including the ability to wake and repair a computer with an inoperative OS or hard drive.

According to Intel, with the new product, businesses can reduce costs by limiting expensive and time-consuming deskside visits and by improving power savings through the ability to turn off PCs and securely wake them when required.

Security features of the latest Intel vPro processor (codenamed Weybridge) are designed to protect against software-based attacks and also filter and defend against viruses and other threats.

LaGrande technology
New in this product is the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT, codenamed LaGrande). Intel TXT protects data within virtualised computing environments, an important feature as IT managers are considering the adoption of new virtualisation-enabled computer uses.

Used with a new generation of the company's virtualisation technology—Intel Virtualisation Technology for Directed I/O—Intel TXT ensures that virtual machine monitors are less vulnerable to attacks that cannot be detected by today's conventional software-security solutions. By isolating assigned memory through this hardware-based protection, it keeps data in each virtual partition protected from unauthorised access from software in another partition.

Added security
Intel also enhanced its Intel vPro processor technology with improved system defence filters. These filters can identify greater numbers and varieties of threats in the network traffic flow.

The latest version of Intel vPro processor technology also offers an embedded trust agent, the first certified by Cisco, providing the industry's only 802.1x compatible manageability solution not dependent on OS-availability. This trust agent offers Cisco's IT customers the ability to manage systems, even if powered off or the OS is down, without lowering the security on 802.1x networks and Cisco self-defending network products.

Further boosting PC manageability is the newest generation of Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT), which allows for inventory and repair PCs "out of band" that is, even if the OS has crashed or the PC is turned off. Enhancements include convenient remote configuration tools and compliance with the latest industry standards. Intel expects that PCs with this version of Intel vPro processor technology will be among the first to comply with the Distributed Management Task Force's DASH 1.0 draft interoperability specification and Web Services Management (WS-MAN).

The new Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Intel Q35 Express chipset together will deliver improvements in energy-efficiency through a combination of performance increases and reductions in power consumption, helping businesses support their own "Green IT" objectives and Energy Star* requirements.

For the highest-volume processor, the 2007 Intel vPro processor technology delivers 30 percent greater performance than the previous-generation product, while significantly reducing power consumption.

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