Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Intel Showcases New 'Ruler' SSD Form Factor With 1PB Capacity

Intel Showcases New 'Ruler' SSD Form Factor With 1PB Capacity

Intel Optane's new "Ruler" format will allow up to one petabyte of storage on a single 1U server rack.

The new drives, with their slimmed-down shapes, are designed for server racks, where Intel says they'll be able to massively increase the amount of storage on hand. The new "ruler" form factor for SSDs is going to be available in the near future.

Intel Optane technology dual port SSDs and 3D NAND dual port SSDs also revealed.

Techgage says that, in order to offer that kind of capacity using 10TB HDDs, an enterprise would need a "fully loaded, 100-bay 4U server". Classic hard drives have defined the form factor for SSDs up until fairly recently, with 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives being the norm.

The Ruler form factor was created to optimise data storage in servers. "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 Intel vice president, Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, who's in charge of the Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), at the company.

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The aim with this new form factor is to achieve high storage density that requires as little power and cooling as possible. Dual port Intel SSD DC D4500, D4502 and D4600 Series will be available starting in 2017's third quarter.

Intel has moved away from the traditional design that we have come to expect in consumer and enterprise SSDs to a "long, skinny" shape enables it to push the envelope in terms of storage capacity.

This is not Intel's only SSD-related announcement.

Intel also announced new S4500 and S4600 Series SSDs for data centers that use a new Intel-developed SATA controller and firmware, and 32-layer 3D NAND. Intel's dual-port SSDs feature dual SATA ports, which helps them connect to two independent systems at a time.

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