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Intel's new 8th-gen Core vPro business-class processors 'engineered for digital transformation' Featured

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Intel's new 8th-generation vPro Core and Xeon processors have arrived, designed for "digital transformation" and to encourage organisations of all sizes to "upgrade their fleets" of business PCs.

It's not just Intel's most powerful Core i9 processor for laptops that has been launched (which you can see and read about at iTWire's article here), but its new range of vPro business-class Core and Xeon processors.

The company says these processors are "engineered to help make digital transformation real", and so "organisations of all sizes can upgrade their fleets with these latest processors to optimise productivity with Windows 10 and help protect company assets, while also managing costs".

Intel also has plenty of support out there from OEMs, with the company proudly boasting of there now being "more than 100 new 8th Gen Intel Core processor-based business PC designs built on the Intel vPro platform that deliver sleek devices workers want and the control IT teams need".

So, what are the new capabilities Intel's new 8th-gen Core vPro processors offer? Here's what Intel has to say:

  • Empower the modern workforce: "In the age of data-driven productivity, rising analytics workloads demand more horsepower. By bringing a new quad-core configuration to mainstream mobile PCs, as well as six cores to premium mobile and desktop designs, IT pros that upgrade to the latest Intel vPro platform-based PCs can deliver top performance through a range of devices for all types of work".

    • "Finance and marketing teams can analyse and visualise data up to 40% faster on new 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processor-based laptops using tools like Microsoft Power BI for speed to insight. And on the other side of these dashboards, data scientists can find patterns in data up to 2.1 times faster to shape the future of machine learning."
    • "With the addition of Intel Optane memory, power users can gain up to 78% better overall system performance with new 8th Gen Intel Core i5+ vPro platform-based desktops. As a smart system accelerator, Intel Optane memory also delivers up to 2.27 times faster responsiveness and maximises productivity by adapting to workstyles."
    • "Advanced professionals can count on the reliability of new workstations powered by new Intel Xeon E processors, which deliver up to 20% faster modelling and interactive 3D applications. This new level of performance empowers fields such as financial services, life sciences and engineering to work with the latest and most complex applications."

You can see Intel's 8th-gen vPro video at this page.

  • Protect data proactively: "Stolen, default and misused credentials at the endpoint continue to be the leading cause of data breaches. The Intel vPro platform is architected to provide advanced security, which now includes improvements to the Intel Authenticate solution and a new hardware enhancement called Intel Runtime BIOS Resilience."

    • Intel Authenticate, a "multifactor authentication solution that verifies identities in hardware for added protection below the software layer, now includes support for facial recognition with Windows 10. This enables an intuitive user experience across leading business devices from Dell*, HP*, Lenovo* and more, while also supporting specific IT policies and management consoles."
    • "Right out of the box, new Intel vPro platform-based PCs from Lenovo and HP will begin to take advantage of Intel Runtime BIOS Resilience – a hardware enhancement that minimises the risks of malicious code injection. As part of Intel’s commitment to continually advance cybersecurity, this new firmware feature locks BIOS when software is running to help prevent planted malware from gaining traction."

  • Mitigate risks and costs: "As computing extends to digital signage, vending machines and hospital rooms, there are more devices to manage and the Intel vPro platform provides one consistent way for IT to stay in control. In addition to how Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) reduces on-site support and the Intel Stable Image Platform Program mitigates maintenance during transitions, Intel is also introducing new component-level traceability through the Intel Transparent Supply Chain, as well as streamlined tools for taking full advantage of Intel AMT."

    • "Dell and Intel recently unveiled new functionality for the Dell Client Command Suite. This deployment and provisioning toolkit will help IT activate Intel AMT in under 30 minutes for managing endpoints remotely and out-of-band. A well-managed fleet is more secure and this equips IT teams with the flexibility they need to be successful."
    • "Counterfeit and gray market parts are also an increasing issue in the cybersecurity landscape, especially for government organisations. Select new business PCs from Lenovo are the first to leverage the Intel Transparent Supply Chain – a sophisticated service Intel has extended from servers into clients. The program gives IT pros peace of mind by enabling traceability and allowing them to validate the authenticity of their PC purchases."

Intel concludes by stating: "Staying on the latest PCs is how modern organisations can optimise Windows 10 and prepare for heightened cybersecurity standards such as GDPR. It is top performance and premium business solutions from the Intel vPro platform that IT teams need to prioritise as they aim to turn all of their endpoints into more strategic assets. Thin and light notebooks and 2 in 1s powered by new 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors are available now, followed by premium mobile, desktops and workstations coming later in the first half of this year."

Related - Review: Gigabyte Aero 15X V8 with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake H CPU
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