Intel has released the third version of vPro, expanding the enterprise PC platform's remote management and virtualisation capabilities in what the company claims is the most SME-friendly specification yet.
VPro systems will be equipped with components to allow small-business users to connect directly to Intel's new Remote PC Assist support system.
Customers can access the system by entering a specific key-code which will allow the machine to connect with the service for emergency maintenance.
The new vPro line will combine the company's dual-core and quad-core Core2 line of processors with the Q45 Express chipset, Gigabit Ethernet connection and Active Management remote administration system.
The main selling point of the new vPro will be its remote management features. The new version will allow administrators to connect to workstations and address problems from inside and outside the network firewall.
The new vPro will also sport improved automatic update features as well as the ability to remotely call an administrator for help if the operating system or hard drive suffers fatal errors.
Virtualisation is also a major part of the new vPro. The platform will enable Dynamic Virtual Client systems to serve applications to designated users on an on-demand basis, allowing for tighter security controls and tighter management over access.
"Intel vPro technology has been a win-win for the IT and hi-tech industries, " said Gregory Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel's digital office platform division.
"For 2008, vPro continues that trend, automating repair and maintenance functions to free IT professionals' time and rapidly accelerate the time it takes to get end-users up and running."
The Remote PC Assist programme will initially be limited to the US, although the company did indicate plans to expand the initiative.
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