New Intel® vPro™ Platform Maximizes IT and Worker Productivity in a Mobile-Centric World

By Stephanie Hallford
The emerging workplace is more mobile than ever and rapidly evolving as office walls disintegrate, and in fact, 70 percent of people globally work remotely at least once a week1. From the road warrior to the heavy data-crunching office worker, the PC, as the primary tool for getting work done, has to adapt to their diverse needs.

Information technology (IT) managers face critical decisions to ensure their organizations IT health and employee satisfaction. From data security to deploying the latest Windows 10* version, IT managers face internal and external challenges to keep their technology fleet up to date. Add to that their need to manage a heterogeneous device environment, there are many issues to potentially hinder end-user productivity.

To help combat these challenges, Intel is driving PC platforms built for business. These help deliver the connectivity, built-in security features and performance even when unplugged that mobile workers require.

Introducing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors

Today, we are announcing new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro mobile processors2, based on Intel’s Whiskey Lake architecture.

Intel is helping to usher in a new era of WLAN connectivity for workers on the go. Intel vPro clients configured with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) solutions will be some of the first available in the marketplace to enable faster Wi-Fi 63 connections. This allows people to not only work from anywhere, but enjoy a premium experience – with best in class performance for the most demanding mobile applications like video conferencing, real-time collaboration, and content sharing.

With this launch, Intel brings its new Intel® Hardware Shield technology, which delivers out of the box protection to help defend against firmware attacks. Intel Hardware Shield helps ensure your OS runs on legitimate hardware and provides hardware to software security visibility, enabling the OS to enforce a more complete security policy. Importantly, no additional IT infrastructure is required.

Now with the availability of 8th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile devices for businesses, there is no trade-off of performance even when unplugged. Compared to a 3-year old PC, the latest 8th Gen Intel Core vPro i7-8665U processor delivers up to 65 percent faster overall performance4 and up to 11 hours5 of battery life. These advancements allow employees to leave the charger behind and stay productive throughout their work day.

New Intel® Optane™ memory H10 with solid-state storage enables two times faster6 launch of documents, spreadsheets and presentations while transferring large files – and that’s compared to the same system with a traditional SSD alone. This minimizes the frustration of waiting for apps to load while multitasking. Intel Optane memory H10 delivers the responsiveness to work efficiently and spend less time waiting.

We are excited to be working with OEMs like Dell*, HP*, Lenovo*, Panasonic* and other industry leaders to bring new sleek and beautiful corporate designs to market. PCs built on the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile processors will be rolling out over the next several months.

Why building a platform matters for businesses

The Intel vPro platform is our foundation for business computing. It offers best-in-class performance to drive employee productivity, built-in security technologies to help protect businesses, remote manageability to help lower operational costs and better stability to help decrease computing disruptions. With each new processor generation, Intel builds upon the Intel vPro platform to deliver:

Business end-user experience – increased satisfaction and productivity with enhanced system responsiveness and extended battery life.
Hardware enhanced security features – Built-in Intel Hardware Shield for a more trusted foundation for computing.
Modern manageability – allows IT to manage devices remotely and more securely, driving down cost and complexity.
Platform stability – With the Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) we deliver a consistent platform by minimizing platform component updates to help maximize device uptime. Rigorous testing is done by Intel and our OEM partners, which helps yield better quality, reliability and compatibility of system components for our customers.

The Intel vPro platform is built for business. As an established leader in business PC computing, Intel is committed to solving complex customer pain points in an ever-changing work environment.

Stephanie Hallford is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager of Business Client Platforms at Intel Corporation.

Performance results are based on testing as March 21, 2019 and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product or component can be absolutely secure.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products