Product Notes: Dell OptiPlex 745cMarch 20, 2007
In March 2007, Dell quietly introduced the OptiPlex 745c, a specialized version of the OptiPlex 745. The 745c features Intel's vPro suite of hardware management technologies and is only available in a tower configuration.
vPro is an Intel brand that includes (and requires) a Core 2 Duo processor, an Intel chipset with support for Active Management Technology (iAMT 2.1), and Intel's Gigabit Ethernet LAN solution.
Several notes when ordering an OptiPlex 745c:
ISC believes that Intel's vPro technology will eventually permeate most enterprise desktops, including upcoming 'standard' OptiPlexes. Dell is not first to market (cf. Lenovo's ThinkCentre M55p was released in September 2006) but the OptiPlex 745c does place them ahead of some other vendors. Dell sees the 745c as a "proof-of-concept" system — a chance to test these technologies before beginning potential widespread deployment some time in the next few years.
ISC believes that investigating and testing the OptiPlex 745c is a reasonable step for Local Support Providers (LSPs) in highly managed environments. The cost delta between an OptiPlex 745c and a similarly configured OptiPlex 745 is about $100.
--John Mulhern III, Senior Project Leader, ISC Technology Support Services (March 20, 2007)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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