Dell Backs Away from vPro

Arthur Cole

Some interesting news here from the Sydney Morning Herald regarding Dell and the Intel Centrino. It seems that Dell won't be using the Centrino Pro for its mid-market notebooks, citing logistical issues with the on-board vPro tools.


This report quotes a Dell spokesman as saying that corporate clients aren't keen on introducing vPro-enhanced notebooks on a piecemeal basis because it would provide enhanced operational capabilities to certain groups at the expense of others. My guess is that most managers simply won't want to put up with a lot of whining if certain teams, particularly on sales teams, get better notebooks.


That's a shame, because vPro offers a host of cool tools, such as virtualization, asset inventory and remote management. You can even reboot the hard drive over a network.


Instead, Dell will use the Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH), which was created by the Dell-founded Distributed Management Task Force. The system is basically an interoperable means of browser-based remote management, which is flexible enough in its own right but isn't expected to be as full-featured as vPro.


For what it's worth, though, this is Dell's call. The only true judge will be the marketplace.

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