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Embedded IT: AMT 2 and Intel VT

Intel Active Management

As we have already said today and yesterday, the maintenance costs in the enterprise segment are very high. Something needs to be done to reduce these costs, as they are eating up too much of the funds that could be thrown into further growth and development of the segment. In spring Intel introduced a hardware based approach in bringing new Embedded IT capabilities into the platforms. These capabilities could actually be brought by simply “stuffing a little bit of the IT manager into the silicon”, figuratively speaking.

In this respect AMTActive Management Technology – from Intel received a lot of enthusiasm in the industry. Mane companies have committed to it and announced their support of Intel AMT.

These are just a few names, there are much more onboard already, and many companies are about to start shipping their solutions this year. With their solutions, they will provide both: incredible software and hardware support. With this diverse support on the partner side Intel is enabling and delivering the 1st generation of Embedded IT in the industry.

According to Intel, these global IT outsourcers have embraced AMT and are now delivering it to over 5 million computers of their customers.

AMT is one of the key technologies used to guarantee more efficient resolution of the security issues for the industry. Here Intel and Cisco presented new tools that can now help solve these problems. During the illustrative demonstration of the threats that can occur within your corporate network, where everybody is doing pretty much anything, we could see how the AMT technology works.

This is a schematic representation of the network components interacting with one another, including Intel Active Management Technology and Cisco units. With these new components involved into the network functioning process, the communication between the network agents becomes much more automated. And we could see in real time how the system fixed itself having detected a threat without any human activity getting involved. This fundamentally new capability for the industry jointly developed by Intel and Cisco should become available by the end of this year.

In addition to security issues there is one more thing the IT management is strongly concerned about. It is stability. Intel Stable Image Program has been extremely successful. However, they didn’t want to give up high performance for the sake of increasing the stability. Their customers wanted to keep both: the best capabilities from the performance prospective and high stability of the system operation. This is when Intel announced Intel Professional Business Platform 2006 initiative, which will include support for dual-core architecture, AMT 2 and Intel Virtualization Technology. The equivalent of this initiative will also be available for the mobile platform.

This was a look at Embedded IT capabilities from the client’s viewpoint. Now lets look at the sever usage model for Embedded IT.

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