Intel Corp. has announced its systems management partners for its new Intel Active Management Technology, which is designed to offer improved desktop and server systems, security, and asset management.
The new technology was unveiled this week at the Intel Development Forum, and will be built into Intel’s next-generation chips to enable improved remote management, hardware and software tracking, and proactive alerting functionality, among other things.
According to Santa Clara, California-based Intel, AMT will be integrated into tamper-resistant hardware and firmware to prevent the removal of inventory, remote control or virus-protection agents from systems, while an out-of-band link will enable administrators to access a system even if it is inoperative.
Salt Lake City, Utah-based LANDesk Software Inc. has been selected by its former parent to develop systems management technology that makes the most of AMT in areas such as patch management, software distribution, inventory and asset management, and remote control. The company was spun out from Intel in September 2002.
Close links with Intel and its existing formats and interfaces may give LANDesk an edge, but it is not the only systems management vendor supporting AMT. Desktop and systems management rival Altiris Inc. has also announced that it is working with Intel to integrate silicon-based AMT functionality, including out-of-band management, asset management, and alerting, with its IT lifecycle management software.
Meanwhile, BMC Software Inc. announced that it will be providing asset and systems management technologies for AMT-based devices, through its Change and Configuration Management, Asset Management, Patch Management and Application Management products.
Computer Associates Inc. and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. have also been demonstrating early products to be based on AMT.
Based on proof-of-concept testing, Intel has estimated that internally it will save at least $16 million a year in asset management and client computer support costs thanks to AMT, while it is also projecting an additional ten percent annual maintenance contract cost savings due to more accurate asset management reporting.
The company’s research indicates that will be able to reduce the need for desk-side or depot repairs by 41.5%, while employee productivity increases from reduced mean time to repair are also expected to save the company $664,000 a year.