Intel Targets Security-Conscious Businesses with Pro 2500 SSDs

By Pedro Hernandez

Solid-state drives (SSDs) may help move data around quickly, but there's no reason that they can't do it securely.

That's Intel's argument as the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip manufacturer launches a new line of flash-packed drives called the Pro 2500 Series. The self-encrypting SSDs, available in 2.5-inch 6 Gbps SATA and m.2 for mobile systems, employ hardware-based 256-bit encryption to safeguard data without impacting performance, claims the company.

In addition, the SSDs support the Trusted Computing Group's OPAL 2.0 standard and is compatible with Microsoft's eDrive, enabling data security policy management and secure crypto-erase functionality. In a statement, Intel Security's senior vice president of Endpoint Security, Candace Worley, remarked that the Pro 2500 Series of SSDs "is the second-generation OPAL-based client storage solution that helps IT departments protect their users’ data and also provides valuable features to reduce operational costs."

Capacities range from 120 GB to 480 GB on the 2.5-inch Pro 2500 Series SSDs. The compact m.2 versions (60 mm and 80 mm) are available in sizes of 180 GB and 240 GB. The 80-mm version tops out at 360 GB.

Performance-wise, Pro 2500 Series SSDs deliver up to 540 Mbps read and 490 Mbps write speeds across the product line. In terms of input/outputs operations per second (IOPS), the 480 GB 2.5-inch model leads in 4 KB read performance with a 48,000 rating. Most models, except the 360 GB and 480 GB 2.5-inch models along with the 360 GB 80-mm m.2 SSD, can reach 80,000 IOPS in 4 KB write tests.

All models balance brisk performance with high security, according to Intel's Rob Crooke, corporate vice president of the processor maker's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group.

Today, IT departments are challenged by competing requirements, namely the "need to protect assets, keep an eye on the bottom line and ensure employees have the best tools," he said in a statement. Intel's new line of SSDs represents "a well-rounded solution to help balance those often competing needs," he asserted.

Pro 2500 Series SSDs could also help mobile systems last a little longer between charges, according to the company. The drives feature "five advance power modes helping to balance performance and power to enable a longer battery life and provide a better mobile experience," boasted Intel.

Intel Pro 2500 Series SSDs carry a mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 1.2 million hours and have a write endurance rating of 450 TB. All Pro 2500 drives ship with a 5-year warranty.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on July 24, 2014