Intel Touts New SSD
Form Factor and Designs
August 10, 2017
has made major data center storage advances, reiterating Intel’s memory
technology leadership. The new technologies advance data center storage
and deliver innovative solutions to meet the challenges presented by the
growing reliance on data.
•“Ruler” form factor
for Intel® SSDs, an all-new solid state drive form factor enabling up to
1PB of storage in a 1U server rack in the future.
•The world’s most
advanced dual port portfolio1: Intel® Optane™ technology dual port SSDs
and Intel® 3D NAND dual port SSDs for mission-critical applications.
•An updated SATA
family of SSDs for data center, targeted at HDD replacement.
Intel SSD DC S4600 and DC S4500 Series are targeted at HDD replacement
in the data center.
“We are in the midst
of an era of major data center transformation, driven by Intel. These
new “ruler” form factor SSDs and dual port SSDs are the latest in a long
line of innovations we’ve brought to market to make storing and
accessing data easier and faster, while delivering more value to
customers,” said Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile
Memory Solutions Group (NSG), and director, strategic planning,
marketing and business development. “Data drives everything we do – from
financial decisions to virtual reality gaming, and from autonomous
driving to machine learning – and Intel storage innovations like these
ensure incredibly quick, reliable access to that data.”
‘Ruler’ Form Factor for Intel SSDs
The new “ruler” form factor, so-called for its long, skinny shape,
shifts storage from the legacy 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors that
follow traditional hard disk drives, and the add-in card form factor,
which takes advantage of PCIe card slots, and delivers on the promise of
non-volatile storage technologies to eliminate constraints on shape and
size. The new form factor delivers the most storage capacity for a
server, with the lowest required cooling and power needs. The
next-generation “ruler” form factor SSDs using Intel® 3D NAND technology
will enable up to 1PB in a 1U server – enough storage for 300,000 HD
movies, or about 70 years of nonstop entertainment. Both Intel Optane
SSDs and Intel® 3D NAND SSDs in the “ruler” form factor will come to
market in the near future.
Dual Port SSDs
port Intel Optane SSDs and Intel® 3D NAND SSDs offer critical redundancy
and failover, protecting against multiple paths to failure for
mission-critical and high-availability applications. Dual port SSDs
replace SAS SSDs and HDDs and, with new storage technologies, deliver
more IOPS, more bandwidth and lower latency than SAS SSDs. Dual port
Intel® SSD DC D4500, D4502 and D4600 Series will be available starting
in 2017’s third quarter.
SATA SSDs for Data Centers
The Intel® SSD DC S4500 and S4600 Series combine a new Intel-developed
SATA controller, innovative SATA firmware and the industry’s highest
density 32-layer 3D NAND. These storage-inspired SSDs preserve legacy
infrastructure, ensuring a simple transition from hard disk drives to
SSDs, while enabling data centers to reduce storage cost, increase
server efficiency and minimize service disruptions. The new members of
the second-generation Intel®3D NAND SSD family are available now.