Intel wooing SMBs with built-in IT alternative

Summary:Intel is reaching out to the small business world with an alternative for companies that lack the manpower and/or budget for an IT department.Say hello to the Intel Small Business Advantage, a hybrid of hardware and software based on Intel's second-generation Core processor family for managing and monitoring IT tasks on desktops and laptops.

Intel is reaching out to the small business world with an alternative for companies that lack the manpower and/or budget for an IT department.

Say hello to the Intel Small Business Advantage, a hybrid of hardware and software based on Intel's second-generation Core processor family for managing and monitoring IT tasks on desktops and laptops.

Simply put, Intel's director of business client solutions marketing Dan Russell described the new solution to me as Intel's "first PC solution designed for the un-managed small business in mind."

Russell explained that 90 percent of SMBs don’t have an IT department. Thus, the Intel Small Business Advantage aims to fix that with out-of-the-box functionality and usage.

Primarily targeting small businesses with between one and 99 employees, the system isn't complex, but it covers the essential bases. Small business owners can use the platform for backing up data, monitoring performance, and keeping up with the latest software updates -- either for every computer on the company network or individual users.

Some examples of tasks that can be performed using the Intel Small Business Advantage include an energy power saver that automatically shuts down and turns on computers upon schedule, anti-theft technology, and a USB blocker that can customize PCs to block selected USB-connected devices while requiring a password for others.

Available from some resellers and OEMs immediately, the Intel Small Business Advantage is supported on 15 languages worldwide.

Screenshots via Intel

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Topics: Intel, SMBs

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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