Intel's new 'Ruler' SSD pushes for petabyte capacity

  • Intel's new 'Ruler' SSD pushes for petabyte capacity

Intel's new 'Ruler' SSD pushes for petabyte capacity

As we are consuming more and more data, storage requirements are increasing four folds. Intel Ruler form factor stores up to 1PB (Petabyte) in a 1U server, according to TechGage.

Intel is taking us a step closer to the end of the hard disk drive data center era with three new form factors for server-class SSDs. The ‎Santa Clara, Calif. -headquartered company has also used its Optane technology that bridges between a DRAM and storage to deliver memory-like performance at storage-like capacity.

Right now, SSDs come in a few standard form factors, you get 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch, M.2 and from time to time, a PCIe SSD comes along. The conventional setup would also demand increased power supply and cooling units.

SSDs might already be dominating the consumer PC market, but getting data centers to ditch their disk-based drives in favor of solid state storage is a more complicated challenger. "Data drives everything we do - from financial decisions to virtual reality gaming, and from autonomous driving to machine learning - and Intel storage innovations like these ensure incredibly quick, reliable access to that data".

Pushing its storage technology innovation one step further, Intel has unveiled a new SSD form factor. These new drives will go on sale starting the third quarter this year. The company says the new form factor will be available "in the near future", but hasn't revealed any specifics beyond that, including pricing. These new data center SSDs are available today. These are 32-layer 3D NAND models that use an Intel-developed SATA controller and firmware and are meant as an easy upgrade option from traditional SATA HDDs. Intel is occupying booths #745 and #839.

World's Most Advanced Dual Port Portfolio. Intel dual port portfolio plans as of August 7, 2017 spans Intel® 3D NAND SSDs and Intel® Optane™ SSDs. Measured using FIO 2.15. Test - QD1 Random Read 4K latency, QD1 Random RW 4K 70% Read latency, QD1 Random Write 4K latency using FIO 2.15) into the portfolio.