Intel Announces Solid-State Drives for Cloud and Virtualization Sites

Intel Corporation announced a solid-state drive (SSD) product designed for read-intensive applications such as Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization. The Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series is designed to replace traditional hard disk drives, the vendor says. 

In cloud computing and data center environments, fast and consistent performance, reduced power consumption, high multicore CPU utilization and stress-free data protection are important requirements. “Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment,” according to 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.”

The S3500 Series combines 20nm Intel NAND Flash Memory technology with SATA 6 Gb/s interface support, to deliver 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, Intel says. Random read performance can go up to 75,000 input-output operations per second.

The new SSDs also include built-in capacitors that provide a short period of backup power to the drive, allowing it to finish operations in the event of power loss, Intel says.

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.

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