Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series unveiled for data centers

Delivering an industry-leading combination of low latency, ultra endurance, high QoS, and high throughput, the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series is the most responsive data center SSD.1 Built with the revolutionary new 3D XPoint™ memory media, the SSD DC P4800X is the first product to combine the attributes of memory and storage.

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series will drive new solutions with applications such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, faster trading, and deeper insights into medical scans.

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

Intel does a lot more than just make CPUs and one of its promising memory technologies is finally coming to products. The firm says that a 750GB PCIe model, alongside a 375GB model in the U.2 form factor, will b released in the second half of the year. Intel is calling its 3D XPoint SSDs Optane drives, Taking into account hardware and software overhead as well.

Intel's first Optane product, the P4800X, is designed for data centre use and can add 375GB of high-speed storage or pseudo-DRAM to a system via the PCI Express bus.

These layers can be stacked on top of each other to produce storage devices that are denser than conventional SSDs or RAM, and yet allow every memory cell to be accessed individually. That's a far cry from Intel's previous claims of a thousand-fold increase in performance, but the results are still impressive.

Intel will also DRAM modules along with the SSD from the year 2018. Read response times remain below 30μs while withstanding up to 2GB/s of random write pressure.

The new drives can be dropped into the server without the need for any BIOS changes for an instant performance upgrade.

In theory, Memory Drive could benefit in-memory applications such as SAP HANA, but Intel said it is now in talks with SAP and other in-memory providers on ensuring those applications work properly with the technology.

  • Arturo Norris