Intel introduced vPro yesterday: https://www.intel.com/vpro/index.htm
There are two parts to Intel's vision for business desktops: management and security. Intel says there are three parts, counting energy management as the third. Oh, OK. Three parts.
All of this comes from virtualization software. Your vPro desktop will be running a virtual machine, and therefore can be protected and managed as such. Somewhere a controlling server tracks the desktop PC's and gives this remote capabilities. All very interesting, Go watch the videos to get the details.
However, the first question in my mind was "What about VMware, Xen, etc.?".
It's not clear to me what's really being done here. Is the user's OS installed under the vPro VM? If I'm reading this right, that's exactly what's being done. If so, that would seem to prevent running another VM inside that OS.
In other words, if Intel is running a hypervisor in hardware, could these machines also run VMware Player, Xen or whatever in the user's OS? I'd think not. True, in a corporate environment that may not be as important for invidual pc's, but it still could be desirable for things like secure browsers and other VMware Player apps. Developers also want VM's for testing on different OSEs or different OS versions, so the usage of machines like this might be limited.
Or perhaps I misunderstood?
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