SanDisk's first attempt at offering a self encrypting SSD
If you take a look at SanDisk's product portfolio, you'll find a range of memory and storage devices, including various solid state drives. However, one thing you wouldn't have found prior to today is a self-encrypting SSD line. With the introduction of the SanDisk X300s, the company now has one to offer corporate environments in need of secure storage -- healthcare and financial services are two industries that come to mind.
SanDisk's X300s family leverages TCG Opal 2.0 and Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive hardware-based encryption, coupled with a new SSD administration dashboard for easier audit and compliance management, the company says. The drive line utilizes AES 256-bit FIPS 197 certified hardware crypto engine to enable full-disk encryption without the performance penalty that software-based encryption can introduce. It also features advanced power management with DEVSLP low-power mode, enabling Microsoft InstantGo, a connected standby feature that keeps data on certified hardware in sync while the device is asleep.
"Businesses of all sizes want computers that are reliable, secure, built to last and are easy to support remotely," said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager, client storage solutions at SanDisk. "For the enterprises that deploy hundreds or even thousands of laptops, it’s essential that their IT departments be able to centrally and securely manage these devices. The X300s, designed with SanDisk’s world-class flash, helps corporate IT leaders not only deliver the heightened performance and lower TCO that flash is known for, but also addresses data protection and security needs, without business disruption. "
The X300s comes in two form factors -- 2.5-inch 7mm and M.2 2280 single-sided, with capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. In terms of performance, the drives offer up to 520MB/s sequential reads and up to 460 sequential writes, depending on the model (PDF).