Intel is launching a new initiative, Active Management Technology, that is absolutely 100% amazing and shows that Intel is so much more than “just chips”.
This technology will not affect you right now, but it is something that you should know about and in a year ask your technology consultant if it is a technology you should consider in your business.
The new technology enables IT managers to remotely discover and repair many computer problems that previously required service visits. An IT manager can remotely set up new computers, download software updates, perform asset inventories and find and fix many problems. With Intel AMT, all of these functions are possible even when target systems are turned off, the operating system has locked up or the hard drive has failed.
The new technology is part of Intel’s Digital Office initiative to develop new capabilities and usage models for the office worker through silicon design and integration, and the company’s high-volume manufacturing.
Intel AMT will be first available on the forthcoming “Lyndon” desktop platform in 2005 and “Bensley” server platform in 2006.
“Intel AMT will greatly improve asset management and help reduce system downtime, technical assistance and operational costs,” said Abhi Talwalkar, vice president and general manager, Intel Digital Enterprise Group. “It is an example of how Intel is integrating platform innovations into silicon to enhance management and security of today’s networked computing environments.”
Of most interest to designers, the architectural specification released today describes unique interfaces that enable Intel AMT to connect with compatible management and security software, and utilize embedded monitoring and control capabilities in the client platform. Intel AMT will be implemented as a subsystem, completely separate from the host operating system. This independence addresses one of IT managers’ major problems today: intentional or accidental disablement of security and management capabilities in PCs.
Being independent from the operating system environment also enables Intel AMT to monitor and remotely manage a client system even if its operating system is inoperative.
To provide controlled access to platform management features while maintaining user privacy and choice, the Intel AMT specification follows industry security and privacy standards.
Beginning in 2006, Intel AMT will use Web Services Management (WS-Management), a Web services protocol specification that helps address the cost and complexity of IT management by providing a common way for networked systems to access and exchange management information. WS-Management provides a valuable foundation for the next generation of management applications because of the breadth of functionality it supports combined with its ability to take advantage of the security, reliability and transactional features of WS-*, the Web services architecture.