We just delivered a webcast in cooperation with Intel(C) regarding what is new with vPro(TM) in 2011. Without reviewing the actual webcast, which is available on demand at www.hp.com/go/events, the theme was to explore the topics of security, virtualization and manageability.
First as always, the disclaimer, the views and comments on this blog are mine and do not represent those of my employer.
Intelligent manageability on the chip provides an interesting insight into the future. Enabling a high level of consumerization in desktops, laptops, tablets and other devices leveraging the Intel(C) architecture is likely a topic that all businesses have explored, and many have adopted.
In 2011 broadening the capabilities for security follows the increasing trend in the overall industry that focuses on greater security counter measures to offset the trend in consumerizaton. Leveraging Computrace(TM) demonstrates part of the strength of the solution.
Providing the capabilities for quarantine and asset management suggests that at the chip level, there is an empirical ability to capture information at the source.
Enabling virtualization is clearly in line with future trends in client computing.
I would be very interested in your opinions and experience in these areas as well as more broadly, with AMT and vPro(C).
In the actual webcast, one of the topics that we are frequently asked is whether the entire installed abase needs to be enabled for vPro(TM) to be most effective. Just as the message on TCO, it may be that segmenting end user populations that require the vPro(TM) functionality may be a very viable approach to take. Remember that optimizing by user segment may be the best set of economics for the enterprise.
Another key point in the 2011 dialog is the improved ease to implement.
My expectation would be that the approach will clearly find further activations in 2011 as the benefits can be quantified and the trends may call for a chip enabled solution given the trends today in the marketplace.
Again, most of you are likely familiar with vPro(TM) from the earlier announcements, are the enhanced features now compelling to your business model. My opinion is that it is time to revisit the topic if you have not explored this in the past 12 months.