Intel® Optane SSD: The World's Most Responsive Data Centre SSD

Every day, the amount of data created across the world is exploding to new levels. Enterprises and cloud service providers thrive on this data to make critical decisions, gain new insights from the data, and differentiate services. But, today’s current storage technologies leave a technology gap in data storage tiers. DRAM is far too expensive to scale and while NAND has the capacity and cost structure to scale, it lacks sufficient performance to function in the memory space. To address the gap, a storage solution that behaves like system memory is needed.

Combines Attributes of Memory and Storage

The Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X is the first product to combine the attributes of memory and storage. With an industry-leading combination of high throughput, low latency, high QoS and ultra-high endurance, this innovative solution is optimised to break through data access bottlenecks by providing a new data storage tier. The DC P4800X accelerates applications for fast caching and fast storage to increase scale per server and reduce transaction costs for latency sensitive workloads. In addition, the DC P4800X enables data centres to deploy bigger and more affordable datasets to gain new insights from large memory pools.

High Throughput for Breakthrough Performance

Realise breakthrough application performance with the DC P4800X. It is designed to deliver 5-8x faster performance at low queue depth workloads,2 exhibiting extremely high throughput for single accesses and super low latency. Where NAND-based SSDs are often measured at a queue depth of 32 (SATA) or 128 (NVMe*) in order to showcase maximum throughput, the DC P4800X can reach as much as 500,000 IOPS, or ~2GB/s, at a queue depth of 11. This new technology is perfectly suited to accelerate enterprise applications to new, breakthrough levels of performance.

Low Latency: Responsive Under Load

With a new data storage tier created by Intel® Optane™ technology, data centers can consistently realise amazing response times under any workload. With NAND-based SSDs, random write operations require an immense amount of background media management. These tasks can add significant delay to the read operations. The Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X maintains consistent read response times regardless of the write throughput applied to the drive. Read response times remain below

Use Cases for Today’s Data Centre

Data centres can explore two key use cases for the DC P4800X: fast storage or cache, or extended memory.

Fast storage or cache refers to the tiering and layering which enable a better memory-to-storage hierarchy. The DC P4800X provides a new storage tier that breaks through the bottlenecks of traditional NAND storage to accelerate applications, and enable more work to get done per server.

The extended memory use case allows an Intel® Optane™ SSD to participate in a shared memory pool with DRAM at either the OS or application level enabling bigger memory or more affordable memory. Bigger memory dramatically increases the size of ‘working sets’ to enable new insights from data in growing segments such as scientific computing, healthcare, and autonomous driving. More affordable memory means data centers can use Intel® Optane™ SSDs to displace some DRAM.

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