Intel has unveiled the Core vPro version of its Ivy Bridge processor architecture, bringing a number of security and management enhancements to business buyers, including the first vPro enabled ultrabook models.
The new Core vPro platform features updates to Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT), along with security enhancements such as embedded public key infrastructure (PKI) support and integration with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator to enable security policies to be enforced via AMT.
"For IT managers, the top priorities reflect an ongoing need for control in an increasingly complex computing environment," said Rick Echevarria, vice president, of Intel's Architecture Group.
"That means developing ways to simplify, consolidate and securely automate tasks to secure the consumerisation trend, balancing user expectations with IT accountability."
However, the headline development for many businesses will be that Core vPro delivers enterprise-class ultrabooks based on Intel's third-generation Core processors, with Intel disclosing that Fujitsu, Toshiba and Lenovo all have such systems ready to ship within two months.
Foremost among these is the Lenovo X1 Carbon ultrabook, which the firm described as the thinnest and lightest 14in ThinkPad system ever. The X1 weighs less than 1.36kg, is just 18mm thick and uses carbon fibre in its construction.
With vPro on ultrabooks, businesses can now extend the same level of management control to these ultra-thin systems as is already available for desktops and mainstream laptops, while new features extend its capabilities.
One such feature is Intel Identity Protection Technology (IPT) extended with public-key infrastructure (PKI), which provides an embedded two-factor authentication capability in the hardware, eliminating the need for a user to carry a separate smartcard or token when accessing the network or other resources.
"Building identity protection into the hardware has raised the bar for security broadly, and made the third generation Intel Core vPro processors the most secure computing platform available for business," said Echevarria.
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