Can vPro Really Deliver?

Arthur Cole

We've seen our share of announcements of revolutionary new products that will change the paradigm of this or that industry.


Few have actually delivered on their promises. To be fair, though, the reason for a technology's failure often lies in the company's inability to market the system properly, rather than technological shortcomings. Perahps there have been hundreds of truly revolutionary developments in the past few decades that failed to live up to their potential simply because backers couldn't get the message out.


So we sit up and take notice when a powerhouse company like Intel starts promising to "reinvent the desktop" and "change the corporate computing landscape" through its vPro system. In this situation, we have a) a company chock full of very smart people who should know an era-making technology when they see one, and b) a company with sufficient market leverage to brings its vision to the masses.


Granted, these two things do not gurantee a hit. Even Ford, in its heyday, flopped with the Edsel. But there is enough here to prick the ears.


Topping our list, in the interests of optimizing infrastructure, are the management capabilities, particularly those of the remote variety. A vPro-equipped PC can keep track of its own hardware and software, and automatically alert the IT staff if any changes are made. Systems can be remotely booted, and software remotely added, even if the PC is off. You can also quickly cut a select PC off from the network if, say, a virus or malware attack occurs.


vPro also works outside of the operating system, which brings up all sort of interesting virutalization possibilities, not to mention a level of security that traditional software cannot provide.


And coupled with the Core 2 Duo system, we're talking power consumption reductions in the 40 percent range.


Earth-shattering? Mind-bending? Well, maybe. It sure sounds good. Now, the only question is whether Intel can deliver on its promises.

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