V7, a global provider of premier computer accessories worldwide and a division of Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), today introduced its V7 Elite 2.5-inch Solid State Drives (SSDs), offering exceptional performance and a thin profile to meet the demands for fast, dependable, compact storage for Ultrabooks, laptops, desktop PCs and servers. V7 Elite 2.5-inch SSDs are ideal for users of desktop and laptop PCs, and administrators of mass storage servers who desire to boost system responsiveness above and beyond current capacities. Offering many compelling advantages over traditional hard disk drives, solid state drives have rapidly grown in popularity in both the consumer and enterprise information technology sectors. V7 Elite 2.5-inch SSDs capitalize on these technology benefits and offer significant features and functionality to support performance gains for any computing application. "As today's laptops and servers become thinner and more compact, there is a tremendous demand for small-form factor storage that delivers greater speed, lower power consumption, greater reliability and exceptional durability," said Rainer Kozlik, vice president and general manager of Ingram Micro's Global V7 Private Label Group. "Upgrading hard drives to solid-state drives is one of the best upgrades you can make, as hard drives tend to be among the biggest bottlenecks in performance. V7 Elite 2.5-inch solid state drives give users significant technology benefits, including fast start-up and application launch times, power efficiency, and data integrity in a form factor that is virtually indestructible." Features, Pricing and Availability Recognized as a global brand offering "great gear for all," featuring quality and style at a compelling price, V7 is making its new lineup of Elite 2.5-inch SDD products readily available to e-retailers and channel partners worldwide. V7 Elite 2.5-inch SSD products address consumers' needs for speed and greater system responsiveness. Because of its high-speed SATA-III/6 Gb/sec interface, the SSD drives are typically 90 percent faster than traditional hard drives, and deliver start-up times that are more than 75 percent faster, enabling more rapid boot-up times. Offering read/write speeds of 550/530 Mb/sec., and up to 4K Random Read/Write of 28,000 IOPS/90,000 input/outputs per second, the V7 Elite SSD product line maximizes system performance by handling large amounts of data quickly for improved system responsiveness. Users will realize faster application launch and shut-down times, and higher sustained read, write and sequential speeds. V7 Elite SSD products leverage highly reliable and enduring flash components. Impressive power and write specifications are delivered via use of MLC NAND Flash technology and the data compression powerhouse SandForce SF-2281 controller. Featuring a slim 7 mm thick design, V7 Elite SSDs deliver benefits over HDDs in that they have no moving parts, eliminating mechanical failure and noise concerns. This also lessens power consumption, improves battery life and lowers heat signature -- all significant benefits for today's low-profile notebooks, servers and other devices. SSDs are extremely rugged, functioning in extreme temperatures and able to withstand extreme shock -- up to a 100G shock resistance rating -- and G-force, yielding a robust storage solution that can withstand the most intense environmental factors. Additionally, V7 Elite SSDs yield significant benefits from a data integrity perspective. As they cannot "crash" and lose data, information remains intact and accessible for years to come. The drives feature S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) to detect and report on various reliability indicators and support optimal operation. The drives are also TRIM-compatible. TRIM support is essential for an SSD to run optimally and extend the life of the drive. Pricing for the new V7 Elite 2.5-inch family of SSDs is MSRP $149.99 for the 128GB capacity (VBS3128GR-3N) and MSRP $279.99 for 256GB (VBS3256GR-3N). V7 Elite 2.5-inch SSDs are backed by a limited two-year warranty.