Intel introduces 3D form factors for NAND SSDs

Intel has introduced the Intel SSD DC P4510 series for data centre applications. The P4510 series uses 64-layer TLC Intel 3D NAND to enable end users to do more per server, support broader workloads and deliver space-efficient capacity.

The P4510 series enables up to four times more Tbytes per server and delivers up to 10 times better random read latency at 99.99 per cent quality of service than previous generations, claims Intel. The drive can also deliver up to double the input-output operations per second (IOPS) per Tbyte.

Joining the one and two Tbyte capacities which have been shipping to cloud service providers (CSPs) since August 2017, Intel now offers the four and eight Tbyte capacities are now available to CSPs and channel customers. All capacities are in the 2.5-inch 15mm U.2 form factor and use a PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 connection.

Intel is also delivering two new technologies to replace legacy storage hardware. Intel Xeon Scalable processors include Intel Volume Management Device (VMD), to manage surprise insertion/removal and LED management of PCIe SSDs directly connected to the CPU. Building on this functionality, Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) uses Intel VMD to provide RAID to PCIe SSDs. By replacing RAID cards with Intel VROC, customers are able to enjoy up to twice the IOPs performance and up to a 70 per cent cost savings with PCIe SSDs directly attached to the CPU, says Intel, improving customer’s return on their investments in SSD-based storage.

Another innovation to the data centre are low power SSDs and the Enterprise and Datacentre SSD Form Factor (EDSFF). The Intel SSD DC P4511 series offers a low power option for workloads with lower performance requirements, enabling data centres to save power.

The P4511 series will be available later in the first half of 2018 in M.2 110mm form factor.

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