Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD Range For Business

Intel has launched a new family of Solid State Drives (SSDs) aimed at the corporate and SMB user – the SSD Pro 2500.

The drives, available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors, feature advanced security measures such as hardware-based 256-bit encryption.

“The need to protect assets, keep an eye on the bottom line and ensure employees have the best tools is a challenge for IT departments,” said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series is a well-rounded solution to help balance those often competing needs.”

Built-in security

The SSD Pro 2500 is a family of Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) designed to help mitigate the danger of costly data breaches when corporate PCs are lost or stolen. It also supports crypto-erase, enabling administrators to quickly repurpose used drives.

The SSDs are connected via SATA 6 Gb/s, and are available in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB. They are capable of sequential read speeds of up to 540 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 490 MB/s.

The SSD Pro 2500 family also supports Trusted Computing Group’s OPAL 2.0 standard, and is compatible with Microsoft’s eDrive feature.

The new drives include five different power modes, helping to balance performance and enable longer battery life on mobile devices.

In an environment which supports Intel vPro technology, SSD Pro 2500 can be managed remotely, enabling IT administrators to monitor and report drive health as well as track assets and remedy faults.

“Corporations of every size are facing the growing challenge of protecting sensitive data and ensuring compliance with a litany of data protection laws and regulations,” commented Bill Solms, president and CEO of Wave Systems. “The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series offers a sound foundation for any data security program, incorporating hardware-level encryption without impacting drive performance.”

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