Our visit to the Solidata booth at CeBIT today brought with it something we never expected to see, this being a Solidata X8 ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD with hardware secure erase.
The picture below displays a long red cord with a button on the end that, when pressed, ensures complete destruction of the SSDs data.
This hardware secure erase method physically destroys each memory module on the drive, ensuring absolute destruction of all data.
I guess we are probably getting into the world of extremely high tech and sensitive data here, but I am sure of one thing. If I ever come across a friends computer with that little cord and button hanging out, I am sure I don’t want to be there. Let’s have a look.
The X8 family is actually available in many variations fom the consumer level X8, to the X8HS (High Security) above, X8EM (eMLC) as well as the X8 LE which is their basic SATA 3 offering with asynchronous NAND flash memory.
Another Solidata enterprise drive that we found interesting was their slc based K5 enterprise value series which contains the Indilinx controller and is capable of performance of 220MB/s read and 200MB/s write with 18,000 IOPS. This SSD is available in configurations of 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512GB.