Plextor and WinMagic Co-Sponsor Ponemon Institute Study Determining Full Disc Encryption Total Cost of Ownership

FREMONT, Calif., April 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plextor (, premier developer of digital storage devices, co-sponsored a Ponemon Institute Study with WinMagic, the global innovator in full disc encryption (FDE). The study demonstrated Cost of Ownership for businesses using self-encrypting drives (SEDs) versus traditional SSDs using encryption software. Follow-up results from the 2012 study will be announced this week.

The study was based on a broad sampling of 1,335 individuals from a variety of industry sectors in IT and IT security from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. Key findings from the study include:

  • SEDs offer significant savings by reducing total idle time during encryption and reducing excess time spent on routine computer operation.
  • In the U.S. per-user/per-year savings value of SEDs compared to software-based encryption is $300.
  • Regardless of the encryption method used, the benefits of encrypting data outweigh total cost of ownership by a factor of 4 to 20x depending on the country sample.

The information from this study clearly highlights the benefits of hardware-based encryption. This is exciting news for WinMagic as they are one of the few software vendors today that have the ability to support both hardware and software-based FDE with its SecureDoc solution.

Organizations who are currently using SecureDoc can easily upgrade from traditional drives to SEDs with little or no impact on their FDE investment since the solution affords them a seamless transition as they move through hardware refresh cycles.

Collaboration between Plextor and WinMagic makes sense relative to product development while serving to further strengthen their research and philosophical perspectives. Both companies are innovative leaders in their respective sectors and committed to the highest standards of data storage integrity and accuracy.

Darlo Perez, Managing Director for Plextor Americas commented: "Plextor is fully committed to leadership in the storage industry and we take that role very seriously. We are excited to partner with WinMagic as one of the first SSD manufacturers to sponsor this study."

He went on to say, "Plextor has gone to great lengths to produce what we believe to be the best storage products on the market. For us, that has meant taking one hundred percent ownership of the R &D and manufacturing process and making a substantial investment in the ground-up development of our proprietary firmware and TrueProtect and TrueSpeed technologies."

All new Plextor drives feature the latest Marvell Monet 9187 controller combined with custom firmware developed by Plextor's dedicated in-house team. All Plextor firmware features TrueProtect technology, a dual-stage data debugging feature that has resulted in +60% higher data accuracy than other SSDs currently available. Plextor firmware is also custom designed to manage and support the full disk AES encryption technology of the Marvell controller.

Ongoing quality control and stringent pre-production testing at Plextor's own R &D and manufacturing facilities has resulted in the highest reliability ranking in the industry. Their latest SSDs have an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of 2.4 million hours.

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About the Ponemon Institute

The Ponemon Institute© is dedicated to advancing responsible information and privacy management practices in business and government. To achieve this objective, the Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors, and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a variety of industries.

About WinMagic Inc.

WinMagic Inc. provides the world's most secure and easy-to–use data security solutions. WinMagic's SecureDoc is a comprehensive encryption and security management product that can manage data security across the enterprise. WinMagic solutions help organizations minimize business risks, meet privacy/regulatory compliance requirements, and protect valuable information assets against unauthorized access. With a full complement of professional and customer services, WinMagic supports over three million SecureDoc users in more than 80 countries.

About Plextor

Plextor is a world-leading developer of solid-state drives, Blu-ray optical disc drives, and other high-performance digital storage devices for professionals, consumers, and enterprises. Since the company launched its first CD-ROM drive in 1989, Plextor's prestigious multi–award winning products have set the standard for quality and high performance. Plextor will continue to deliver new generations of products based on our core values of market-leading innovation, unequalled quality, complete service, and belief that users should have full confidence in the performance and stability of the equipment we supply. The Plextor brand of storage and multimedia products is owned by Shinano Kenshi of Japan.




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