Sophia the intern doing my first blog, where I was asked to learn and communicate to you guys in a multi-part series about a product that is made by Intel called vPro.
what it is?
what it is used for?
why I should personally use vPro?
what is it meant to do?
what benefits do I get out of having vPro?
why the v in vPro?
To boil it down, I just want to know all about it?!?
To start my journey, I researched vPro, gathered feedback about vPro in both questions and comments, which gave me the first few topics to study and write about in my blog series. My goal in the series is simple - become an expert about vPro, and share my journey with you along the way. I want to know so much about it, that my head is going to explode. I plan to try to accomplish this in about 9 weeks.
On this particular blog, I am going to figure out what vPro is... What did I do to figure this out? I did what every college student does, I Googled it - how easy! Well, it stated me in a good direction, but at the same time it hurt me by having so much information I didn't even know where to start. Yet, I started to figure out the definition of vPro.
Intel described it in their website as:
Remotely manage both wired and wireless PCs from the same IT console for increased security and simplified system management.
A new generation of notebook and desktop PCs enables proactive security, enhanced maintenance, and improved remote management:
Intel® Centrino® with vProTM technology-based notebooks
Intel® CoreTM2 processor with vProTM technology-based desktop PCs
These PCs deliver down-the-wire security and manageability capabilities- even if hardware (such as a hard drive) has failed, the operating system (OS) is unresponsive, software agents are disabled, the desktop PC is powered off, or the notebook's management agents have been disabled. Desktop PCs also include support for virtual appliances that allow IT managers to isolate and protect critical security and management applications in a more secure, trusted environment. In addition, the new generation of notebook and desktop systems delivers significantly improved 64-bit performance for compute-intensive tasks -including fully integrated 64-bit graphics support - all in a power-efficient package that is Microsoft Windows Vista* ready.
This looks all pretty easy to understand, so far, but in future entries I plan to dissect this verbiage, and maybe be able to put it into thoughts that even I can understand. I want to also dive into vPro's future. The following verbiage look like great candidates for more clarity and understanding:
Simplified system management (is it really simple?)
Proactive security (what makes it proactive?)
Enhanced maintenance (how do you enhance it?)
Improved remote management (does this mean my boss can manage me from home? Yikes!!!)
Down-the-wire security & manageability (down what wire?)
Virtual appliances (virtual refrigerators and toasters?!?)
Really - this stuff works when the computer is powered off?!?
Trusted environment (I have found the environment at Intel to be very trusting J).
For this entry I just wanted a platform on where to start. As I said previously, and I really do mean it, I encourage feedback on what direction I should go with this project or even points of view on what I am writing. I am a big girl, I can take it - give me your ideas on topics and I will do my best to figure them out!!!
Stay with me - chapter 2 coming soon with more clarity (I hope)!
-Sophia "The Intern" Stalliviere