28 July 2014

Intel launches solid state drives for businesses

Source: Intel website.
Intel has a new addition to the Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional family: the business-class Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series.

Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series offers peace of mind with advanced security features and capabilities designed for businesses ranging from small companies and upwards. Security and remote manageability features, combined with lower annual failure rates than hard disk drives (HDDs), help to reduce the need for resource-intensive deskside visits.

Managing data security is critical for businesses and a challenge for IT leaders. Data breaches, often a result of lost or stolen PCs, can cost a business nearly US$50,000 in lost productivity, replacement, data recovery and legal costs*. 

To help businesses mitigate the threat of such costly breaches, the Intel Pro 2500 Series SSDs are self-encrypting drives (SED) utilising hardware-based 256-bit encryption to protect data without a loss of performance. Additionally, the new Intel drives feature the Trusted Computing Group's OPAL 2.0 standard and are Microsoft eDrive capable. These policy-based controls help to prevent data breaches and support crypto erase to repurpose the drive for reuse.

In an environment with Intel vPro Technology, with Intel Setup and Configuration Software and leading security software, the Pro 2500 Series drives can be managed remotely allowing IT to monitor and report drive health as well as track assets and remedy faults. This remote manageability enforces IT policies to help prevent mishaps and simultaneously provides a great user experience. 

Embedded and Internet of Things applications can also take advantage of the remote manageability features to help limit the number of IT professionals needed to oversee devices. To assist in protecting user data and lower the total cost of ownership, applications such as ATMs and remote digital signage can be updated, monitored and managed remotely.

The Intel SSD Professional Family is part of the Intel Stable Image Platform Program, including a 15-month availability of the components and drivers for compatibility and stability across a qualified IT image. This helps minimise IT qualification and deployment times. The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series also features five advance power modes helping to balance performance and power to enable a longer battery life and provide a better mobile experience.

The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series will be available in both 2.5" and M.2** form factors and in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB. The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series is backed by a five-year limited warranty and features a world-class annualised failure rate (AFR) well below 1%. The AFRs of other SSDs and HDDs can reach as high as 5% or more in mobile environments.

*The Billion Dollar Lost Laptop Problem, Ponemon Institute, 2010.
**A standard for the cards inside a computer.