Intel unveils SSD Pro 2500 Series offering secure, power-efficient laptop and tablet storage

New SSDs offer security and management for corporate client systems

Intel has unveiled a new line of solid-state drive (SSD) storage devices aimed at business laptops and other client devices, offering a stable platform with manageability and advanced security features, the firm said.

Available from the third quarter of 2014, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series is available in capacities from 120GB up to 480GB in a standard 2.5in drive format, and a smaller number of capacities in the compact M.2 module format which replaces mSata for embedding in devices.

The new drives follow on from Intel’s first line of professional SSDs, the Pro 1500 Series, which launched last year. Unlike Intel’s consumer SSDs, which focus on performance, the Pro lines target the areas of concern for business customers, according to James Slattery, Client SSD Product Marketing Manager for Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG).

“We’re very focused on delivering a stable secure solution with remote manageability features, something that just works,” he said.

“This product family is about power-efficient performance, it’s about mobility, it’s about enabling end users that are deployed both at an enterprise level as well a small-to-medium business level to have a great user experience, and be productive,” he added.

The Pro 2500 Series is available in a 7mm high 2.5in drive format in 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB, 480GB capacities, but also in M.2 80mm and 60mm form factors for embedding in small form factor client devices. The first supports 180GB, 240GB, and 360GB capacities, while the 60mm format only offers 180GB and 240GB.

On the security and manageability side, the Pro 2500 Series are self-encrypting drives (SEDs) that are compatible with the Opal Storage Specification from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and the Encrypted Hard Drive (eDrive) feature that Microsoft added in Windows 8, which basically uses the drive’s SED capability in place of BitLocker for higher performance.

Intel is also introducing a new SSD Pro Administrator tool with the Pro 2500 Series, along with the existing Intel Setup & Configuration Service 9.0 support that enables the drives to be managed as part of Intel’s vPro platform.

In terms of performance, Intel said the Pro 2500 Series is capable of a random read performance of up to 48,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS), and random write performance up to 80,000 IOPS. Sequential performance is given as 540MBps for reads and 490MBps for writes.

Pricing for the new Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series will start at $95 (£56) for the 120GB model, up to $305 (£179) for the 480GB.

Like the previous Pro 1500 Series, the new line is likely to be sold via Intel’s reseller channel partners.

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23 July 2014 | 8:49 am – Source:

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