Intel Announces First Optane SSDs for Data Centers

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Intel Announces First Optane SSDs for Data Centers

Intel stated production of the SSD would pick up in the second half of the year, which is also when a 1.5 TB PCIe card along with a 750 GB and 1.5 TB U.2 stick will also be in the offering.

Intel has announced its first product based on the new Optane memory technology, a 375GB solid-state drive (SSD) on a PCIe card aimed at applications requiring low latency and high endurance. Called the Optane SSD DC P4800X, it provides blazing fast server storage.

Intel expects 3D XPoint to account for 10% of the memory division's revenue in 2017, "ramping much more into 2018", Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich told investors in January.

While the above figures do highlight the stupendous capabilities of the new P4800X memory, the same also makes it as a fit case for use in the fields of artificial intelligence computing and new-age machine learning techniques.

Intel first unveiled its 3D XPoint technology nearly two years ago, touting it as faster and denser than any other class of memory, and specifically 1,000 times faster than the NAND architecture featured in most flash memory cards and SSDs.

This also enables data centres to deliver more affordable memory pools by displacing a portion of DRAM or significantly increase the size of memory pools.

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The latest Optane series can help data centers deliver new solutions in cloud computing and other cutting-edge service areas.

Prices for this initial rollout are expected to be about 3X NAND.

The solution works to integrate the drive into the memory subsystem and presents the SSD as DRAM to the OS and applications. Micron, which will market 3D XPoint under the brand name QuantX, plans to sell products based on technology this year. Intel and Micron have claimed the former's latency - the minimum time needed for a bit of data to be transferred - is one-thousandth that of the latter's, both for reading and writing data.

The drives are available immediately to Intel customers in the early ship program.

Ahead of this larger capacity Optane SSD release, Intel had been hyping the storage performance of the technology as being up to 10X faster than a conventional flash SSD.

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