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Virtual Computer Announces Expanded Support of Intel Core vPro Processor-Based PCs

Virtual Computer, the company redefining PC management through virtualization, today announced that its NxTop desktop virtualization solution is compatible with the previous three generations of Intel Core vPro processor family, including the Intel Core vPro i3, i5, and i7 processors, as well as all platforms with Intel Virtualization Technology.

NxTop combines centralized virtual desktop management with a bare-metal, Xen®-based client hypervisor to simplify common PC management activities such as provisioning, patching, backup, and endpoint security. The NxTop management approach, made possible through Intel® Virtualization Technology, can now be deployed on the previous three generations of Intel Core vPro business computing platforms. IT teams can now take advantage of the Intel® Core vPro™ processor management and security features while retaining backwards compatibility with existing PCs for NxTop management functions.

“A growing number of organizations are looking to NxTop to reduce management complexity, improve security, and simplify key IT projects such as Windows 7 migration,” said Dan McCall, CEO and president, Virtual Computer. “Our industry-leading hardware compatibility has accelerated adoption of client-side virtualization technology, and we worked with Intel to ensure NxTop is optimized for PCs based on Intel Core vPro processors.”

“NxTop from Virtual Computer is another example of the user experience benefits enabled by the hardware-based virtualization capabilities of Core vPro processors, particularly when extending desktop virtualization attributes to mobile platforms,” said Rick Echevarria, vice president, Intel Architecture Group, general manager, Business Client Platform Division. “NxTop applies the performance of Intel Core vPro processors to help enable a variety of desktop virtualization scenarios on an extensive range of systems, benefiting users and IT alike.”

NxTop uses a PC-based desktop virtualization approach that allows one or more virtual desktops to execute locally on desktop or laptop PCs. This approach avoids the large data center investments, user experience compromises, and mobility challenges that come with many virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiatives while improving IT efficiency through centralized, one-to-many desktop management. By offering these capabilities on possibly the industry’s broadest collection of Intel-based PCs, NxTop makes it easy for IT teams to deploy virtual desktops today on existing PCs and gradually layer more advanced management and security features through the addition of newer Intel Core vPro processor-based systems.

Virtual Computer plans to carry this benefit forward to the next generation of corporate PCs by working with Intel to optimize NxTop compatibility with the forthcoming 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ vPro processor family (codenamed Sandy Bridge).

Organizations interested in trying NxTop on Intel Core vPro processor-based PCs can download the software for free at:

Published Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:44 PM by David Marshall
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