Plextor Launches M5 Pro Xtreme SSD for Business Workloads

By Pedro Hernandez

Eyeing a slice of enterprise-sized IT budgets, Plextor is among the latest flash storage providers to launch professional-grade solid-state drives (SSDs) that emphasize reliability and longevity along with high performance.

The company's new M5 Pro Xtreme SSD, now available in the U.S. in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB capacities, carries a mean time between failure rating of 2.4 million hours. And according to the company, its own tests confirm the hardiness of its new SSDs.

"This level of reliability has been achieved through stringent quality control with a pre-production testing requirement of 400 drives passing 500 hours of intensive tests with zero fail," states Plextor.

Plextor isn't the only company to place a spotlight on SSD reliability in an effort to erase doubt about the technology's ability to handle business workloads without succumbing to flash's limited write cycles. Micron claims that its just-released P400m data center SSD line boasts a mean time to failure rating of two million hours and can outlast 10 complete drive fills per day for five years.

In terms of performance, M5 Pro Xtreme SSD (512 GB) is capable of delivering random read speeds of up to 100,000 IOPS and random write speeds of up to 88,000 IOPS. Data transfer rates are 540 megabytes per second sequential read and 470 megabyte per second sequential write.

Inside, the 2.5-inch SSD employs 19 nanometer Toggle Mode MLC NAND flash chips from Toshiba, Marvell's newest controller, the 88SS9187, and a completely revamped PCB board. The combination of new firmware (Xtreme 1.02) and the company's own True Speed technology help the M5 Pro Xtreme SSD deliver advertised speeds.

Data that resides on the drive is protected by Plextor True Protect, an "enterprise-grade dual-stage data debugging feature." Built-in, 256-bit AES full-drive encryption helps keep data thieves at bay.

Plextor's PX-M5Pro Xtreme SSD is available now. Prices are $149.99 for 128 GB, $269.99 for 256 GB and $499.99 for 512 GB.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on January 25, 2013