Intel Debuts New Business-Class Solid-State Drive

Intel Unveils SSD Pro 1500 SSDs for Business PCs

by Anton Shilov
09/12/2013 | 11:55 PM

Intel Corp. has announced the Intel solid-state drive (SSD) professional family, including the Intel SSD Pro 1500 series. The new business-class SSDs are engineered specifically for easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced performance.


Intel SSD Pro 1500 family is based on Intel’s MLC NAND flash memory produced using 20nm process technology and LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. The drives provide up to 540MB/s sequential read speed and up to 490MB/s write speed. Intel declares up to 41K read IOPS and up to 80K write IOPS for the SSD Pro 1500 family. The new solid-state drives will be available in 2.5”/7mm and M.2 form-factors. The Intel SSD Pro 1500 series also protects data from unauthorized access with enterprise-grade security features, including hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption2 and industry-standard Opal key management protocols. The Intel SSD Pro 1500 series is designed to work with processors with Intel vPro technology. Intel SSDs offer industry-leading reliability with annualized failure rates (AFR) well below 1%, according to the company.

"The modern business employee is increasingly mobile and works in multiple environments. The Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series ensures employees have the flexibility, battery life and performance they need, while IT has the assurance data is secure and the device can be managed remotely. Tight integration with Intel vPro technology means we are able to deliver a complete solution for corporate business users," said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general manager for the Intel non-volatile memory solutions group.

Migrating to SSD-based PCs can improve employee productivity by as much as 13%, according to research by J. Gold Associates. The Intel SSD Pro 1500 series allows IT departments to increase employee uptime and reduce cost with its advanced manageability and security features. The Intel Stable Image Platform program ensures that key drivers are in place and makes transitioning to the Intel SSD Pro 1500 series simple and predictable. The ability to remotely manage assets and diagnose issues at the drive level means fewer deskside visits, so PC maintenance and repairs require less time.

Minimizing downtime among a growing mobile workforce using thin and light mobile computers is critical to increase productivity and reduce IT costs. The Intel SSD Pro 1500 series addresses this need with new small form factors, such as M.2, featuring advanced low-power modes that reduce idle power by more than 90% compared to HDDs.

 "By improving security, manageability and TCO, the Professional Family of Intel SSDs will enable more mobile devices such as vPro technology-powered PCs to further penetrate the enterprise while delivering faster start-up and improved battery life. We believe the combination of these solid-state drives, vPro technology and tools such as Intel Setup and Configuration Software will trigger innovation among ISVs and improve enterprise PCs in the near future," said Rick Echevarria, vice president of PC client group and general manager of business client platform division at Intel.