Intel is announcing its newest addition to their Solid-State Drive Professional Series, designated as the Pro2500 Series. Intel is touting this new Pro2500 series of SSDs as being “Built for business. Engineered for I.T..” Intel’s Solid-State Drive Professional family strives to achieve “value pillars” that include security and manageability, quality, reliability, stability and power-efficient performance in multiple form factors; along with an industry-leading suite of SSD management tools.
The Pro2500 series features advanced security and manageability. The Pro2500 is a self-encrypting drive with broad security ISV (independent software vendor) validation that includes McAfee, Wave Systems, WinMagic Inc., Credant Technologies, Sophos, Absolute Software and Microsoft eDrive. The Pro2500 series of SSDs are also TCG Opal level 2.0 compliant.
Intel’s Pro2500 series of self-encrypting drives utilize an industry standard framework for provisioning and encryption key management. These drives require pre-boot authentication to prevent malicious attacks, and host ownership of the drives to prevent SSD thefts. Crypto erase is also supported to enable quick re-purposing of drives.
The Intel Pro2500 series is more power efficient than previous SSDs, featuring new advanced low power modes that result in a more optimized user experience, as well as significant improvements in battery life when used in mobile/portable computing devices. Power consumption is stated as 195mW (active), 55mW (idle), and a mere 5mW in DevSleep (device sleep) mode.
The Pro2500 series will be offered in both 2.5″ x 7mm and M.2 form factors. The 2..5″ x 7mm version will be offered in capacities of 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB. The M.2 x 80mm version will offer capacities of 180GB, 240GB and 360GB; as well as M.2 x 60mm drives in 180GB and 240GB capacities.
All form factors of the Pro2500 series will offer sequential read speeds of (up to) 540MB/s, and sequential write speeds of (up to) 490MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are stated as (up to) 48,000 IOPS, with random 4K write speeds of (up to) 80,000 IOPS.
Intel also includes with the Pro2500 series an industry-leading suite of SSD tools to enhance manageability and end-user experience, along with a total cost of ownership (TCO) software tool to justify return on investment (ROI). The drive administration tools include the SSD Pro Administrator Tool, the SSD Pro Plug-in for SCS 9.X remote drive health monitoring, and Intel’s Solid-State Drive Toolbox to handle tasks such as overprovisioning, firmware updates, and a secure erase function.
Historically, Intel’s SSDs have been some of the most reliable available, and this trend continues with the Pro2500 series of Intel SSDs. Intel SSDs are subjected to 5000 unique tests, utilizing 120 different client systems to achieve validation. Reliability is ensured via rigorous component and module qualification, system-level reliability demonstration testing, burn-in testing, and outgoing quality and reliability monitoring. This stringent validation and qualification regimen results in an average failure rate (AFR) (Pro1500 model) of less than 0.3%. Intel has no qualms in backing the Pro2500 series with a five-year warranty.
Intel has also recently expanded its NAND sourcing with both current and new suppliers to support production of current and future SSD models. With rumors circulating of potential problems with NAND supply keeping up with ever-growing demand, this is a strategic move. Availability and pricing of the Pro2500 series has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for upcoming review(s) of the Intel Pro2500 series of SSDs.