Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Intel Positions Solid-State Drives for Cloud Data Centers

Intel introduced a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) for data centers and cloud computing. SSDs offer significant gains for read-intensive applications such as Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization, including faster performance, reduced power consumption, high multicore CPU utilization and better data protection are important requirements.


The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series delivers sequential read speeds of up to 500 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 450 MB/s and a tight distribution of input/outputs per second with low maximum latencies. Random read performance can go up to 75,000 input-output operations per second. The new drives leverage 20nm Intel NAND Flash Memory technology with SATA 6 Gb/s interface support. The new SSDs will be offered in capacities ranging from 80 gigabyte (GB) to 800GB and both 2.5 and 1.8 inch form factors.

Intel said the new drives are a replacement for traditional hard disk drives (HDD), allowing data centers to save significant costs by moving toward an all-SSD storage model.

“The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series breaks through barriers – like the need for high throughput/low latency storage with a low total cost of ownership – to deliver the storage solution that meets the needs of the cloud, and its demand for storage, which has exploded in recent years,” said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general manager for the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “Intel’s data center family of SSDs helps make cloud computing faster and more reliable, enabling more transactions and richer experiences.”

“Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment,” said Kim Stevenson, chief information officer at Intel. “In fact, we are increasing our deployment of Intel SSDs in our data centers from 10,000 units to 40,000 by the end of this year to enable our global design team to help bring products to market faster.”

http://www.intel.com/newssdsroom/

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