The managed PC will take center stage at Madison Square Garden next week in New York City, when Intel (INTC) hosts a multivendor showcase based on the problems administrators face in managing PCs connected to their networks.
Next Tuesday, Intel CEO Andy Grove is slated to reveal a comprehensive plan to bring management all the way from the enterprise down to the desktop, an initiative that is already under way with Tivoli Systems.
Some network managers have essentially foregone PC management over networks out of frustration. Grove, however, is a long-standing proponent of reducing the cost of ownership of a computer through proactive management capabilities.
Intel has been busy lately in the area of desktop management, recently announcing LANDesk, a new hardware and software product, to be demonstrated in New York, that can configure a desktop from a remote location.
The company unveiled a new set of management APIs this week that will tie workgroup management suites like LANDesk to enterprise-capable platforms such as Tivoli's Management Environment (TME) 10. That API set will be released to the industry for adoption in other management utilities and platforms. In addition, Symantec has entered discussions with Tivoli to embed the Management Services Broker (MSB) API set in its Norton Administrator Suite product line.
Intel is also expected to announce more management capabilities in its chips and motherboards, giving administrators an accurate view of the state of the hardware.