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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012 – Intel Corporation today announced that third-quarter revenue is expected to be below the company's previous outlook as a result of weaker than expected demand in a challenging macroeconomic environment. The company now expects third-quarter revenue to be $13.2 billion, plus or minus $300 million, compared to the previous expectation of $13.8 billion to $14.8 billion.


Relative to the prior forecast, the company is seeing customers reducing inventory in the supply chain versus the normal growth in third-quarter inventory; softness in the enterprise PC market segment; and slowing emerging market demand. The data center business is meeting expectations.


The company's expectation for third-quarter gross margin is now 62 percent, plus or minus one percentage point; lower than the previous expectation of 63 percent, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.


Expectations for R&D and MG&A spending and depreciation in the third quarter remain unchanged.


Full-year capital spending is expected to be below the low-end of the company's previous outlook of $12.1 billion to 12.9 billion, as the company accelerates the re-use of existing equipment to the 14nm node.


The outlook for the third quarter does not include the effect of any acquisitions, divestitures or similar transactions that may be completed after Sept. 7. All other quarterly and full-year expectations have been withdrawn and will be updated with the company's third-quarter earnings report on Oct. 16.


Status of Business Outlook

Intel's Business Outlook is posted on intc.com and may be reiterated in public or private meetings with investors and others. The Business Outlook will be effective through the close of business Sept. 14 unless earlier updated. Intel's Quiet Period will start from the close of business on Sept. 14 until publication of the company's third-quarter earnings release, scheduled for Oct. 16. During the Quiet Period, all of the Business Outlook and other forward-looking statements disclosed in the company's news releases and filings with the SEC should be considered as historical, speaking as of prior to the Quiet Period only and not subject to an update by the company.


Risk Factors

The above statements and any others in this document that refer to plans and expectations for the third quarter, the year and the future are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should" and their variations identify forward-looking statements. Statements that refer to or are based on projections, uncertain events or assumptions also identify forward-looking statements. Many factors could affect Intel's actual results, and variances from Intel's current expectations regarding such factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Intel presently considers the following to be the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's expectations.


  • Demand could be different from Intel's expectations due to factors including changes in business and economic conditions, including supply constraints and other disruptions affecting customers; customer acceptance of Intel's and competitors' products; changes in customer order patterns including order cancellations; and changes in the level of inventory at customers. Uncertainty in global economic and financial conditions poses a risk that consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to negative financial events, which could negatively affect product demand and other related matters.
  • Intel operates in intensely competitive industries that are characterized by a high percentage of costs that are fixed or difficult to reduce in the short term and product demand that is highly variable and difficult to forecast. Revenue and the gross margin percentage are affected by the timing of Intel product introductions and the demand for and market acceptance of Intel's products; actions taken by Intel's competitors, including product offerings and introductions, marketing programs and pricing pressures and Intel's response to such actions; and Intel's ability to respond quickly to technological developments and to incorporate new features into its products.
  • The gross margin percentage could vary significantly from expectations based on capacity utilization; variations in inventory valuation, including variations related to the timing of qualifying products for sale; changes in revenue levels; segment product mix; the timing and execution of the manufacturing ramp and associated costs; start-up costs; excess or obsolete inventory; changes in unit costs; defects or disruptions in the supply of materials or resources; product manufacturing quality/yields; and impairments of long-lived assets, including manufacturing, assembly/test and intangible assets.
  • Intel's results could be affected by adverse economic, social, political and physical/infrastructure conditions in countries where Intel, its customers or its suppliers operate, including military conflict and other security risks, natural disasters, infrastructure disruptions, health concerns and fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
  • Expenses, particularly certain marketing and compensation expenses, as well as restructuring and asset impairment charges, vary depending on the level of demand for Intel's products and the level of revenue and profits.
  • Intel's results could be affected by the timing of closing of acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Intel's results could be affected by adverse effects associated with product defects and errata (deviations from published specifications), and by litigation or regulatory matters involving intellectual property, stockholder, consumer, antitrust, disclosure and other issues, such as the litigation and regulatory matters described in Intel's SEC reports. An unfavorable ruling could include monetary damages or an injunction prohibiting Intel from manufacturing or selling one or more products, precluding particular business practices, impacting Intel's ability to design its products, or requiring other remedies such as compulsory licensing of intellectual property.

A detailed discussion of these and other factors that could affect Intel's results is included in Intel's SEC filings, including the company's most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K.


Conference Call Schedule

There is no conference call scheduled in association with this announcement.

Intel plans to report its earnings for the third quarter of 2012 on Oct. 16. Immediately following the earnings report, the company plans to publish a commentary by Stacy J. Smith, senior vice president and chief financial officer, at www.intc.com/results.cfm. A public webcast of Intel's earnings conference call will follow at 2 p.m. PDT at www.intc.com.



About Intel
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Intel is joining Games for Change, a global advocate for supporting and making games for social good, to support Half the Sky Movement: The Game launching on November 13, 2012 on Facebook. Intel supports technology innovation like Half the Sky Movement: The Game, as it creates a tremendous opportunity to unlock the power of social media to drive social change. Intel believes that technology plays a major role in improving education for girls and women to participate, prosper and lead in the global economy. Like the game page here.

The global market for digital signage is expected to reach 10 million media players and 22 million digital signs by 2015. To help enable a simpler, faster, and more cost-effective way to bring digital signage to market, Intel announced a new Digital Signage technology package that features pre-validated hardware and software from Intel, Kontron and Microsoft. The technology offering aims to simplify digital signage evaluation and allows companies to spend more time crafting exciting and engaging content and less time dealing with software integration. For more information click here.

Intel today announced two new development suites: Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2013 and Intel® Cluster Studio XE 2013. These integrated suites help developers create faster, more scalable and more reliable applications through optimized compilers, libraries and analysis tools. Improvements include support for next-generation processors including Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, as well as support for Java, C++ and Fortran. Learn more here

Pre-Validated Hardware and Software Kit Includes Technologies from Intel, Kontron*, Microsoft*



  • Digital Signage Evaluation Kit-12 simplifies the evaluation of digital signage solutions and enables rapid deployment across a range of market segments.
  • DSEK-12 features technologies from Intel, Kontron* and Microsoft* in a pre-validated system with key software and evaluation licenses to allow developers to focus on software development.
  • Intel predicts the global market for digital signage will reach 10 million media players and a corresponding 22 million digital signs by 2015.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 – Retailers and advertisers are increasingly turning to digital signage to explore new ways to attract and engage consumers. However, evaluating digital signage solutions involves a costly, time-intensive process of collecting and integrating software and licenses before ever beginning content creation. Addressing this growing need, Intel Corporation today announced the next-generation Digital Signage Evaluation Kit-12 (DSEK-12) designed to streamline the digital signage evaluation process, reduce costs and enable faster deployment across a range of market segments including retail, healthcare and transportation.


The DSEK-12 features technologies from Intel, Kontron* and Microsoft* in a pre-loaded and validated system. The kit includes an OPS-compliant Kontron media player KOPS800 based on 3rd generation Intel® CoreTM processors as well as a 180-day evaluation copy of Windows Embedded POSReady 7. In addition, demos of Content Creation and Content Management Software (CMS) from Flypaper* and Scala* are included.


"Retailers and advertisers are exploring digital signage as a new avenue to convey their message in enticing and engaging ways for consumers," said Jose Avalos, director of Visual Retail at Intel. "In fact, we believe the global market for digital signage will reach 10 million media players and a corresponding 22 million digital signs by 2015. The new Intel solution helps streamline the development and deployment process of digital signage, allowing companies to spend more time crafting engaging content and less time dealing with software integration."


Additionally, the DSEK-12 comes pre-loaded with Intel® Audience Impression Metrics (Intel® AIM Suite), a software solution designed to deliver personalized content to consumers while providing retailers and advertisers with valuable analytics. The software anonymously monitors viewer metrics, such as gender, age bracket and length of attention, and analyzes the data in real-time. The kit also features Intel® vPro™ Technology for easy platform management.


With the incorporation of Windows Embedded POSReady 7, developers can create innovative media experiences, rich interactive applications and compelling user interfaces.


"Working with Intel and Kontron helps us deliver the flexibility of Windows to developers driving innovation across the digital signage environment," said Cuong Pham, product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. "Providing these tools in a cohesive package helps companies enjoy the real-time benefits of intelligent systems while bringing an engaging, targeted experience to customers."


Once software development is completed, the developer can choose to use the entire kit or uncouple the Kontron media player KOPS800 and deploy that portion directly into any Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) compatible monitor. This modular approach enables optimal scalability for different graphics and processing performance needs without sacrificing overall time to market.


"The DSEK-12 enables quicker solution deployments by enabling a simplified, integrated development environment," said Kevin Rhoads, vice president of Embedded Products at Kontron. "With its out-of-the-box support for multiple leading content provider platforms and displays, customers now have a choice for quick digital signage content development and deployment."


The DSEK-12 is available for purchase now from Kontron and through the distribution channels of Avnet and Arrow.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel, Intel Core and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


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  • U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announces new petascale HPC system dedicated to researching renewable energy and energy efficiency, scheduled for power-on in summer 2013.
  • The newly designed system will be powered by the combination of current 32nm and future 22nm generation Intel® Xeon® processors and the new Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors running inside HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen 8) servers.
  • The leading energy efficiency of Intel Xeon processors and co-processors combined with innovative data center design and revolutionary warm water cooling system designed by HP, with a power density more than twice of today’s air-cooled racks, are expected to make the installation at NREL the world's most energy efficient data center.
  • Participating in the software development for Intel® MIC architecture, NREL took only days to port a half-million lines of code of the Weather Research and Forecasting application to demonstrate the potential forenergy efficiency and performance of Intel Xeon Phi cores.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 – Signaling its commitment to energy-efficient high- performance computing, Intel Corporation today announced that it will work with HP to help design and provide the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a supercomputing system that will drive research across a number of energy-related initiatives, including renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The new High Performance Computer (HPC) data center promises to become one of the world's most efficient installations.


The system is scheduled to deliver full compute capacity in the summer of 2013 and will feature approximately 3,200 Intel® Xeon® processors including current-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2670, future 22nm Ivy Bridge based processors and approximately 600 new Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors. The total peak performance of the system is expected to exceed 1 Petaflop (equivalent to a thousand trillion floating point operations per second) and it will be the largest supercomputer dedicated solely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. Leading energy-efficient capabilities of Intel Xeon processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors combined with HP ProLiant Gen 8 servers and the new HP warm water cooling solution and innovative data center design will result in this facility likely being the world's most efficient data center with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better.


"The heart of NREL is based on a powerful combination of the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family, which leads the data center industry in performance per watt, and Intel Xeon Phi co-processors which are setting new records for energy efficiency," said Raj Hazra, vice president and general manager of Intel Technical Computing Group. "We are proud that the very best energy-efficient processing technology in computing is the foundation for the supercomputer that will drive the research for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies."


Data Center Nearly Twice as Efficient as Industry Average

The data center industry uses the PUE rating as the standard measurement to describe the power usage effectiveness and measure the efficiency of any given site. The ideal PUE rating would be 1.0, and PUE of 2.0 means that for every watt of power used for IT equipment, an additional watt is used in overhead like cooling systems. According to the EPA's Energy Star Program*, a typical PUE is 1.92. With a PUE rating for this system expected to be 1.06 or better,NREL's installation will be nearly twice efficient as average.


"At NREL, we have taken a holistic approach to sustainable computing," said Steve Hammond, NREL Computational Science director. "This new system will allow NREL to increase our computational capabilities while being mindful of energy and water used. We will take advantage of both the bytes of information produced and the BTUs produced. The new HPC system will dramatically improve our modeling and simulations capabilities used to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies as well as energy system integration. At the same time, NREL's partnership with Intel and HP will demonstrate best-in-class for energy-efficient computing and data center design and will provide a laboratory for collaborative research to address future energy challenges in HPC systems and data centers."


Intel and HP experts worked with data center designers at NREL to leverage innovative warm water liquid cooling technology to maximize the reuse of heat. There will not be any traditional mechanical or compressor-based cooling systems; the "waste heat" from the computer system will be used as the primary heat source in the adjacent office and lab space. Excess heat can also be exported to other areas of the NREL campus. The data center design is compact, resulting in short runs for both electrical and plumbing components.


Intel Xeon Phi: A Key Ingredient

One of the key ingredients in making this facility energy and performance efficient was the inclusion of the upcoming Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors. Made using Intel's 22nm 3-D tri-Gate transistor technology, the co-processors based on Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture offer a combination of leading performance efficiency and friendly programming model, allowing developers to achieve great performance at low energy and time cost associated with optimizing applications for taking full advantage of new technology. NREL was participating in the software development for Intel MIC architecture, and spent only a few days to port a half-million lines of code of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) application to prepare for taking full advantage of the energy efficiency and performance of Intel Xeon Phi cores. WRF is one of several atmospheric modeling tools NREL is deploying in wind energy research.


"The idea is to make wind power compelling from a cost-of-energy standpoint," said John Michalakes, NREL HPC scientist. "Modeling the wind energy systemfrom meteorological to turbine scales means squeezing every last ounce of performance from our simulations, and the ability to develop and optimize using the same software ecosystem as the host Intel Xeon processor is a tremendous boost for application performance, scaling and programmer productivity."


Intel is committed to driving energy efficiency in its products and manufacturing operations. Intel's IT organization continues to improve the energy efficiency of the company's data centers and completed projects that have saved nearly 120 million kWh of energy over the past 2 years. Additionally, Intel has invested more than $58 million in resource conservation and efficiency projects to reduce energy use in operations, saving more than 825 million kWh of energy since 2001.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel, Intel Xeon and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


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A recent global study by Intel examined the current state of mobile etiquette and digital sharing across eight countries – Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan and the United States. The majority of adults and teens around the world are sharing online via mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, Ultrabook™ systems) and report feeling better connected to family and friends because they are able to share and consume information online anytime, anywhere. However, the global survey also revealed a perception of "oversharing," with at least 6 out of 10 adults and teens saying they believe other people divulge too much information online about themselves. For more information on Intel's global "Mobile Etiquette" survey, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/mobileetiquette.


  • Across the globe, people share information online for two main reasons: connection and expression. The majority of adults and teens report feeling better connected with family and friends because they share online.
  • Most adults and teens say people "overshare" and divulge too much information about themselves online.
  • Nearly all countries surveyed report that mobile manners have become worse compared to a year ago.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 – According to a recent multi-country study commissioned by Intel Corporation and conducted by Ipsos Observer* on "Mobile Etiquette," the majority of adults and teens around the world are sharing information about themselves online and feel better connected to family and friends because of it. However, the survey also revealed a perception of "oversharing," with at least six out of 10 adults and teens saying they believe other people divulge too much information about themselves online, with Japan being the only exception.


Intel's 2012 "Mobile Etiquette" survey examined the current state of mobile etiquette and evaluated how adults and teens in eight countries share and consume information online, as well as how digital sharing impacts culture and relationships. The research was conducted in the United States in March and a follow-up study was conducted in Australia, Brazil, China (adults only), France, India, Indonesia and Japan from June to August.


Intel powers today's mobile lifestyles with the Intel® Core™ and Intel® Atom™ processor families inside many peoples' favorite mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops and Ultrabook™ systems). With more people using mobile devices to connect to the Internet, Intel technology also increasingly powers cloud-based services that allow people to create, share and consume content and enjoy amazing digital experiences anytime, anywhere.


As the availability of Internet-enabled mobile devices increases, a continued awareness of how people use these devices is also on the rise. Over 80 percent of adults responding to Intel's "Mobile Etiquette" survey wish people practiced better etiquette when using mobile devices in public, and the majority of people think mobile manners have become worse, with the exception of adults in China who are more likely than others to believe mobile manners have truly started to improve (compared to a year ago).


The majority of adults and teens around the world share information online at least once a week, with approximately half of adults and teens in Brazil, China and India sharing on a daily basis. The study revealed that we are sharing for two main reasons: connection and expression. The majority of adults and teens said they feel better connected with their family and friends because they are able to share and consume information online via mobile devices, with the exception of adults in Japan who share less frequently. The majority of adults and teens in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia also share online as a way to express opinions or make a statement.


"In today's society, our mobile technology is making digital sharing ubiquitous with our everyday activities, as evidenced by the findings from Intel's latest 'Mobile Etiquette' survey," said Dr. Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow and director of user interaction and experience at Intel Labs. "What is most interesting is not necessarily how widespread our use of mobile technology has become, but how similar our reasons are for sharing, regardless of region or culture. The ability to use mobile devices to easily share information about our lives is creating a sense of connection across borders that we're continuing to see flourish."


While Intel's 2012 "Mobile Etiquette" survey revealed that the majority of adults and teens around the world believe others divulge too much information about themselves online, few admit to "oversharing" themselves. Compared to other countries surveyed, only adults in China (77 percent) consider themselves an open book when it comes to online sharing with just over half (51percent) admitting they often share too much personal information online.


"Etiquette is all about how we interact with one another, whether in person or online," explained author and etiquette expert Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute. "The latest results from Intel's 'Mobile Etiquette' survey clearly show that the question going forward won't be if we share online, but how we share online. Mobile devices enable us to share in the moment, and etiquette helps us decide how to share and connect in ways that are positive and enhance our relationships."


As an innovator behind the technology powering mobile devices and mobile lifestyles, Intel is on a continued quest to understand consumers' changing mobile usage models, how these models impact consumers' lives and how technology should evolve in the future. This drives Intel innovation to create the technology experiences that people desire and love.


Key Survey Findings

According to the latest Intel survey, approximately half of adults around the world feel overloaded by the amount of information people share online. Yet, adults and teens across the globe are sharing a wide variety of information online, with photos of themselves or people they know cited as one of the top things being shared. Other frequently shared items that adults are likely to share include: announcements of important life events in Australia and the United States; reviews and recommendations in China, France and Japan; sports information in Brazil; and current events in India and Indonesia.


While the survey revealed that digital sharing on mobile devices helps many people feel more connected to others, the tendency to share too much information can annoy others for various reasons. Adults and teens from each country had differing opinions on top digital sharing pet peeves. However, constant complaining, posting inappropriate photos, using profanity and sharing too many life details and personal information were prominent responses.


More than 85 percent of survey respondents across the globe wish people thought more about how others will perceive them when sharing information online. At least one-quarter of adults and one-third of teens around the world, with the exception of Japan and Indonesia, have been embarrassed by something they have done online. Many also admit to having a different personality online and to sharing false information online.


The majority of teens, with the exception of Japan, admit to constantly checking what their friends are sharing online and feeling like they are missing out when they are not able to share or consume information online. Many teens (and adults) around the world are sharing online via their mobile devices in a variety of scenarios including while on vacation and when eating a meal with others.


For additional information on Intel's annual "Mobile Etiquette" survey, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/mobileetiquette.


Survey Methodology

The Mobile Etiquette and Digital Sharing survey was conducted online in the United States by Ipsos Observer on behalf of Intel from March 1-16. Respondents were a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults ages 18 and older (n=2,008), with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, and U.S. teens ages 13 to 17. A follow-up online study was conducted from June to August among a nationally representative sample of adults and teens ages 13 to 17 in seven additional countries: Australia, Brazil, China (adults only), France, India, Indonesia and Japan. The sample population in Brazil, India, Indonesia and Japan are based on the online populations.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

While there are clear business benefits to cloud computing and virtualization, the complexity of the network can be a major headache for IT. Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 ICs switches now support a new networking standard called Network Virtualization using GRE (NVGRE) that makes it easier to manage networking in very large virtual environments. This is part of Microsoft's announcement today of the availability for WindowsServer 2012. To learn more about Intel and NVGRE, go to the Intel Wired Ethernet Blog.

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 desktop processors are now available providing value-priced CPU horsepower for those wanting to take advantage of features such as Intel® HD Graphics with Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Wireless display, and more. They will be offered in standard and low wattage models, designated by an "s" or a "t" in the processor name, with frequencies ranging from 2.8GHZ to 3.4GHZ. More information is available here.

A wave of touch-enabled convertible devices make their debut at IFA this week. These devices combine the  benefits of touch as well as a keyboard, giving people the power of a two-in-one device.  From Intel Core-based Ultrabook convertibles to Intel Atom-based tablet convertibles, people can now find the device that best suits their needs, lifestyles and budgets. Do you want superior performance and advanced security features in a sleek design? Then an Intel-inspired Ultrabook is a great fit.  Or are you looking for exceptional battery life in the thinnest and lightest designs? Then pick an Intel Atom-based tablet convertible. Those attending IFA or following the news from the show have lots of new eye candy to check out.

During HotChips symposium, George Chrysos, the leading architect of Intel Xeon Phi co-processor shared the new architecture details of upcoming Intel's HPC powerhouse. Designed for highly-parallel applications, Intel Xeon Phi co-processor based on Intel Mani Integrated Core architecture will deliver the combination of industry leading performance per watt with the ability to re-use the existing code and applications without necessity of re-writing them. Equipped with more than 50 cores and built using Intel's latest 22nm 3D Tri-gate transistor technology, new co-processors will be in production this year with first supercomputers from top500 list already taking advantage of this technology. In his blog here, George shares his aspirations and goals during designing the co-processor and summarizes all new disclosed information. The HotChips presentation is also available here.

Back to school has never been smoother thanks to Intel AppUp® center.Tutor.com is the world's largest online tutoring service that connects you with live one-on-one help and thousands of resources. Explore the secrets of the planets and stars in a fun and engaging way with Encyclopedia Brittanica Kids: Solar System. Download Khan Academy Maths & Science to review a full set of curriculum from math to physics and biology. Ensure that you're up to speed on current events with BrainPOP Featured Movie by watching a movie and taking the interactive quiz.

Did you know that 90 percent of small businesses have no IT department? Luckily, Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel SBA) are featured in business PCs which are now available at retail and online locations including Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Tiger Direct. Intel SBA combines hardware and software so that small businesses owners and employees benefit from improved computing productivity and security. Intel SBA can monitor critical software, backup and restore even when a PC is off, save power and block unwanted USB devices. For more information on Intel SBA, visit Intel's Small Business Collection.

Combination of New Hardware and Software Capabilities to Better Protect Data and Reduce Threats to Cloud Datacenters


  • VMware vSphere® 5.1 will support Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), providing hardware-backed assurance for integrity of virtualized environments to better protect data and reduce threats to cloud data centers.
  • Dupont, one of the largest global R&D organizations, is using Intel TXT to strengthen security and compliance policies in their private cloud.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 – Although companies are expanding their use of cloud computing to realize improved agility and efficiencies, concerns about security remains a top barrier to adoption. Today, Intel Corporation announced new collaboration withVMware and will deliver a platform for trusted cloud that combines Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) with the new release of VMware vSphere® 5.1, the leading platform for building cloud infrastructures. With hardware-enhanced security capabilities integrated into the processor, Intel TXT combined with VMware vSphere 5.1 will provide a hardened and high-integrity platform to run business-critical applications in private and public cloud environments.    


Platform integrity for data protection and control

In cloud datacenters, servers are typically virtualized and shared across multiple departments or customers and are no longer dedicated to specific lines of business. This has created new security concerns. The difference can be compared to owning your own home vs. living in an apartment complex. When owning a home, one has significant control over its security and protection -- everything from locks, secure fences to home security systems. This is similar to today's enterprise IT security. But when one lives in an apartment, it is a multi-tenant environment with multiple people sharing the same building resources generating higher concerns about security. Someone accessing the apartment via a shared fire escape or maybe a landlord entering the apartment when a tenant is not there heightens security concerns. This situation is similar to having less control in your cloud computing environment.


In a recent global survey of IT professionals conducted by Intel about cloud security, 61 percent of IT pros expressed concern about a lack of control and insight about security capabilities of these shared, virtualized datacenter resources. IT pros also have concerns about not having adequate tools to protect against cyber-attacks and 57 percent will not put sensitive data that must meet specific compliance requirements into cloud datacenters. Furthermore, 55 percent worry about loss of control of data stored off premise in public cloud provider datacenters.


Intel TXT is a built-in security capability that is part of servers based on Intel® Xeon® processor E3, E5 and E7 series. When combined with VMware vSphere 5.1, organizations will be able to better address these challenges through increased infrastructure integrity and having greater control over the security status of servers in virtualized clouds. Companies can also realize operational efficiencies by making it easier to move virtual machines across clouds to "known good" trusted pools of servers, while at the same time, better meet compliance requirements and automate remote audit processes. To make it easier to deploy these security capabilities, Intel and VMware have developed solution reference architecture, or recipes, via the Intel Cloud Builders program.


"Intel TXT provides hardware enforcement to help overcome some of the most challenging aspects of cloud security, including detection and prevention of bios attacks and evolving forms of stealthy malware, such as rootkits," said Jason Waxman, general manager, Intel Cloud Infrastructure Group. "VMware vSphere 5.1 support of TXT is essential to building a foundation of trust in virtualized infrastructures and the cloud and is ready for deployment."


"VMware is pleased to partner with Intel to support Intel TXT in VMware vSphere® 5.1," said Bogomil Balkansky, senior vice president, Cloud Infrastructure Products, VMware. "The combined capabilities bring a trusted security solution for cloud environments. With VMware vSphere 5.1 and Intel TXT, we are empowering our customers to have the confidence to put their sensitive data and business-critical workloads in the cloud."


Case study: Dupont

Dupont, one of the largest research and development organizations in the world with more than 9,500 scientists and engineers, is a leader in high-performance cloud computing.Research and development projects might last from a few months to several years. Dupont needed a platform that could provide infrastructure on demand, and then return resources to the pool once projects were completed. Since Dupont's research and development efforts were spread across the globe, they also required an infrastructure that complied with regional regulations and kept sensitive information safe and within geographic borders.


"When extending cloud in a global way, compliance and regulation require capabilities such as geo-fencing, bursting and encryption when migrating to a public cloud, as well as support for vendor cloud services where terms and agreements play a key role," said Dr. Hai Zhu, manager, Dupont Central Research & Development. "The compliance engine can be supported through the platform itself with such technologies as Intel TXT to monitor these systems."


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel, Intel Xeon and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. VMware and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.


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