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HP Unveils Vista Ready PCs

Posted by iTech - 2006-09-07

The new systems were designed for improved security mobility and management.

Maybe the PC isn't a commodity after all. HewlettPackard today introduced new desktops laptops and workstations that aim to solve its customers' mobility security and management challenges and stimulate a new wave of hardware spending. HP is also priming the pump with "Vistacapable" computers that hit the market as Microsoft puts the finishing touches on its most significant operating system launch in a more than a decade.

The HP Compaq dc dc and dc desktop PCs feature HP ProtectTools security manager software and a Trusted Module Platform . embedded security chip. The dc which is available now and starts at $ can also be ordered with Intel vPro microprocessor chipset and software designed to increase computer uptime better secure PCs from viruses and cut down on energy consumption while maintaining speed. Both the dc and dc coming this fall are available with Intel Core Duo processors which enable faster interprocessor communication. The dc which hits the market within the next few months furthers HP's commitment to providing AMDbased alternatives to Intel PCs.

New HP notebooks announced Wednesday include the HP Compaq nx nc and series. The and series also feature Intel's Core Duo processors for users who run multiple applications simultaneously on their desktops. Pricing for the new notebooks ranges from $ for the nx to $ for the tablet.

HP's product launch was notably casual a style also apparent in the company's latest advertising push which focus less on the hardware and more on the user. This is a calculated move as HP works to pry Dell's firm but loosening grip on the desktop market. Big businesses are incredibly loyal when it comes to their PCs. Unless a vendor really screws up a customer is unlikely to drop them in favor of a competitor with a slightly different product. But that hasn't stopped Dell HP and Lenovo from trying to get computer buyers to stray.

When HP bought Compaq in it had its sites set on creating a tech juggernaut that could more easily tango with IBM. As it turns out HP's biggest step forward has recently come in its fight with Dell for PC supremacy. Poor customer service recalled batteries and a hesitancy to embrace AMD chips have caught up with Dell and HP has its knives sharpened with this latest wave of PCs.

Relatively new mobility and security features combined with businesses' increasingly mobile workforces and concerns about malware and intruder attacks are likely to fuel interest in new improved PCs. Companies are looking for extended battery life a durable chassis and security features. The challenge for PC makers is convincing potential customers that their latest products tackle these challenges in innovative not to mention costeffective and easily manageable ways.

All commercial HP notebooks desktops and workstations will now ship with a preloaded HP OpenView Configuration Management agent designed to help improve operating system deployment and migration patch management software deployment software usage metering and configuration management capabilities. All new HP PCs are also Vistacapable which means they have the minimum memory and processor capabilities required to run the bit operating system which will debut for businesses in November and for consumers in January.

HP's ProtectTools security manager software lets users create a single screen that consolidates management of all antimalware and other security applications regardless of vendor. Users see a listing of security software in their environment and can click on a link to software to pull up a management interface. "Think about all of the different types of security applications there are out there" Vali Ali an HP distinguished technologist who specializes on commercial notebooks said Wednesday. "HP has a responsibility to help enduser administrators manage these applications."

PC vendors are trying to use new security features to sell more of their products but it's a tough sell says Simon Yates a research director with Forrester Research. Customers are hesitant to deploy any features that make PC management more complex even though it's in their best interest to tackle security head on. "It becomes an operational issue" for IT departments he says. "But something has to change."

Many companies are at the tail end of a PC refresh cycle that began in Yates says adding that he expects a bit of a slowdown in PC sales for as companies prepare for Vista implementations that are still one or two years away. Research firm IDC however is bullish on sales of PCs monitors printers and other peripherals forecasting that they will continue to comprise more than half of the worldwide hardware spend through which amounts to $. trillion between and .

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