Hewlett-Packard is using streamlined IT management as a sales pitch
for its latest line of PCs, including the first desktops to use Intel Corp.'s
vPro technology bundle.
A computer running the vPro bundle uses software and hardware -- including
Intel's new "Conroe" Core 2 Duo processor -- to automate some aspects of IT
management and network security. Intel plans to formally announce the platform
Thursday, as Gateway Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. also start selling vPro-enabled
HP got a jump on its competition, particularly arch-rival Dell, by
unveiling its new business line first. HP announced three new desktops, a
workstation and six notebooks during a press conference Wednesday in New York
Only the desktops offer the vPro option, while the other new PCs take advantage
of the flurry of chips launched in recent months, including Intel's "Merom"
Core 2 Duo for the notebooks and a choice of Intel's "Woodcrest" Xeon 5100 or
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s (AMD's) "Rev. F" Next-Generation Opteron for the
HP promised to make life easier for the IT managers who maintain these machines
by pre-loading its OpenView Configuration Management agent on all commercial
notebooks, desktops and workstations. That product has been an option in the
OpenView will bolster Intel's Active Management Technology, an ingredient of
vPro, allowing IT managers to make fewer time-consuming "desk-side" visits by
booting and repairing PCs remotely, said John Snaider, HP's vice president for
Other business-friendly enhancements on the desktops include Trusted Platform
Model (TPM) 1.2 security chips, a second hard drive for real-time data backup,
and a virtual partition on the hard drive for encrypting sensitive data, said
Brian Schmitz, director of desktop product marketing for HP.
In contrast to its concentration on Intel-powered desktops, HP is selling the
new xw9400 workstation as the AMD-powered peer of its xw8400 model. AMD-based
PCs account for about one-third of HP's high-end workstation sales, since they
are able to run certain Nvidia graphics cards that Intel cannot handle, said
Jeff Wood, HP's director of product marketing for workstations.
HP is selling the dc7700 desktop for US$643, plus a premium for the vPro
option. The company will launch the dc5700 and dc5750, which will be available
with either Intel or AMD chips, in the fourth quarter.
The xw9400 workstation will ship later in September for $1,800. The notebooks
include the HP Compaq 9400 for $1,299; 8400 for $1,449; nx7400 for $849; nc6400
for $1,199; 6300 for $799; and 4400 for $1,479.
Detailed information about the new systems can be found at: