Symantec delays Intel vPro VSS due to licensing issues

Symantec has delayed its virtualized security system for Intel's vPro platform because of licensing issues around Windows CE. The delay is the latest setback for vPro, a bundle of Intel technologies aimed at business users. Among vPro's capabilities are virtualization--which is built into the Core chips used in vPro--and the ability for management tools to […]

Symantec has delayed its virtualized security system for Intel's vPro platform because of licensing issues around Windows CE.

The delay is the latest setback for vPro, a bundle of Intel technologies aimed at business users. Among vPro's capabilities are virtualization--which is built into the Core chips used in vPro--and the ability for management tools to access features that are outside the control of the main operating system.

The vPro brand, along with the Viiv consumer platform, was part of Intel's attempt to recreate the success of the Centrino mobile wireless platform for laptops. In July, Intel said it will begin de-emphasizing vPro and Viiv from next year, in favor of the better-known Core brand.

Symantec's Virtual Security Solution (VSS) is designed to run on a virtual appliance outside the main OS, making it harder for users or attackers to get at.

The problem, Symantec said Tuesday, is not the software itself, but the tangled licensing issues surrounding virtualization.

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