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Performance not the real benefit of Santa-Rosa

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While the introduction of Intel's Santa-Rosa Mobile has been hailed as a revolutionary breakthrough in notebook performance and battery life, these improvements are not seen as the primary reason why it is the platform of choice for the business market.

Traci Maynard, Acer and Cisco business unit manager at Tarsus Technologies says the real news for the business sector has been the increased manageability Santa-Rosa brings with it.
"During the course of last year, Intel launched a set of hardware based remote management and troubleshooting capabilities for their desktop platforms, known as vPro. cPro (Centrino Pro – the brand this notebook platform will carry in the market) is simply the adaptation of those features to the mobile market," she says.
vPro and cPro are significant additions since they equip IT administrators with more control where they need it – at the remote IT console for both wired and wireless systems.
Combined with third-party management applications, Intel says its new technologies allow IT administrators to eliminate a significant number of desk-side visits, reduce overspending on existing resources, and minimise interruptions to business.
With physical IT management tasks, troubleshooting and problem resolution cited as some of the largest contributors to the TCO of an IT fleet, these two new technologies are extremely worthwhile additions.
Maynard says that Intel wasn't able to simply 'port' the vPro technology to Santa-Rosa.
"Notebooks are different animals to desktops," Maynard continues. "Where desktops are static and powered by an AC wall socket, notebooks can be both static and mobile, and either powered by an AC adapter or their internal battery.
"Add to this that, while desktops generally reside on wired networks, and therefore there's a certain performance and level of service quality one can expect of them, notebooks can be wired or wireless and thus are prone to varying degrees of connectivity, network performance and signal strengths.
"All in all, it adds a great deal of complexity to the mix," says Maynard.
For this reason, she says, designing and building this functionality into mobile computers took a year longer. The great news, however, is that cPro brings the same benefits to the business world as vPro did.
With the arrival of cPro, Maynard says that IT departments can finally begin managing desktops and mobile computers with a single solution and skills set.
"This gives them the ability to make a substantial impact on protecting the organisation from security threats, rising cost of ownership, the growing management complexity involved with resource allocation and asset management," she adds.
Intel says that since the arrival of vPro, and now cPro, more than 200 of its key customers (including BMW, Capgemini, FujiFilm, ING, 3M, Pioneer and Verizon) have begun benefiting from the new solutions.
"Furthermore," says Maynard, "vendors including Altiris, Cisco, Credant Technologies, Hitachi, HP, Microsoft, LANDesk and Trend Micro have already climbed on-board and pledged to build support for these hardware technologies into their software solutions.
"cPro is a welcome addition to the family of technologies Intel is building. It's a significant step in reducing the overall total cost of ownership of technology (mobile and static) in the enterprise," Maynard says.