HP Packs Security, Manageability into New Business Desktop

HP's new 8000 Elite Business Desktop PC is designed to bring enterprise-class security and manageability into an affordable business desktop. The new system also features Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and Intel's Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad chips, high-end memory capabilities and greater energy-efficiency features.

Hewlett-Packard is looking to bring enterprise-class PC manageability and security features into a more affordable system.

HP on Dec. 1 unveiled the Compaq 8000 Elite Business Desktop PC, which offers a long lifecycle, high-end security features, enhanced power efficiency, and technologies from the likes of Intel and Microsoft, including the Windows 7 operating system.

"HP is making enterprise-grade technology and energy-efficient PCs more affordable for customers who want energy-saving features as well as improved security and manageability," Alan Reed, vice president and general manager of business desktops for HP's Personal Systems Group. "Our reliable and long-lifecycle desktop PCs ensure a strong foundation for our customers' businesses."

The longer lifecycle gives users greater ability to plan for the future, according to HP officials. The desktop includes Intel's Stable Image Platform Program, which guarantees processor availability for at least 15 months and sends notifications that alert businesses to changes to the system or images up to 60 days in advance. The 800 Elite Business Desktop comes with Intel's Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad chips, which also features its vPro virtualization technology.

The security features include Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, which encodes data on the hard drive, making it unreadable is an unauthorized person looks at it. In addition, HP's ProtectTools Security software suite includes embedded security features, such as a single sign-on and authentication, restrictive read/write capabilities and file remover.

Power savings come from HP's use of highly efficient power supplies and the vendor's Power Assistant v2.0 feature, which brings together disparate power settings into a single tool, enabling businesses to more easily monitor the PC's energy settings and usage.

The system can expand to up to three, 1 terabyte hard drives, includes DDR3 memory and offers an optional 64GB solid state drive.

The 8000 Elite Business Desktop is available immediately, starting at $799.