Intel aims new Professional line of SSDs at enterprise, SMB clients

The drives are designed for high security and easy remote management

Intel will launch a new family of SSDs at this week's Intel Developer Forum, offering security and remote management features for enterprise and small-business client devices.

The Professional family will slot in between SSDs (solid-state disks) for data centers and for consumer devices. The first shipping product in the line, the Pro 1500 Series, will come in form factors including M.2 and 2.5-inch and in capacities as high as 480GB. It's intended for thin and light Ultrabooks, 2-in-1 laptop-tablet systems and traditional PCs.

The Pro line is designed for easy deployment and manageability, to reduce employee downtime and an enterprise's total cost of ownership. Its security features are intended to help protect companies from the danger of data theft from lost or stolen devices.

When it introduces the Pro line, Intel will also unveil the first SSD in that line, the Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series. Manufactured using a 20-nanometer process, the 1500 Series will use an LSI SandForce controller.

The 1500 Series will include AES 256-bit encryption and support for the Trusted Computing Group's Opal key management protocol. SSDs in the series can take advantage of Intel Core processors with vPro technology and an Opal management suite for improved security and management, according to Intel.

The 1500 Series will also feature three sleep modes, including the new DEVSLP mode, a deeper form of sleep that turns off some parts of the SSD completely. For example, the M.2 version of the 1500 Series SSD will consume 55 milliwatts of power at idle but just 200 microwatts in DEVSLP, according to Intel.

The M.2 SSD will be available in 80GB and 360GB versions, and the larger 2.5-inch version will also come in a 480GB version. The drives primarily will be distributed in end systems, Intel said.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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