Intel intros 'Ruler' SSD form factor, and dual port SSDs

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Intel Teases New “Ruler” SSD Form Factor & Dual Port Enterprise SSDs

Its announcement concerned three product lines; the new "Ruler" form factor SSDs, Dual Port SSDs, and SATA SSDs for data centres. Since SSDs don't have motors, and are simply a collection of chips, new form factors were made available, such as using PCIe add-in cards and the M.2 slot.

The device can comfortably fit in a single U1 server rack while remaining adequately cooled, said Intel.

By using 3D-NAND, the ruler crams in even more data and will provide more stability with less chance of catastrophic failure with data loss. To put that in perspective, in order to achieve the same amount of storage with 10TB mechanical hard drives, a fully loaded, 100-bay 4U server is required. So if you filled an entire 42U rack cage with ruler SSDs you'd have 42 petabytes of storage to play with.

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Using Ruler SSDs will make better use of the server storage capacity, and are further optimised for cooling and power consumption.

Intel has revealed its latest SSDs, and while there have been advances internally, it's the design of its new "Ruler" SSD form-factor that's probably most striking. Sure, they're faster than ever, and platters have been usurped by solid state storage, allowing the drives to shrink dramatically in size, but the familiar boxy shape has been a constant. The Dual Port SSDs are available today via the DC D4500, D4501 and D4600 Series, in capacities up to 7.68TB. The company, however, does claim that its Optane and 3D NAND SSDs will be available in the "near future". Dual port SSDs replace SAS SSDs and HDDs and, with new storage technologies, deliver more IOPS, more bandwidth and lower latency than SAS SSDs. Dual port Intel Optane SSDs are shipping now to select customers for validation and will be more broadly available by the end of 2017.

The Intel® SSD DC S4500 and S4600 Series combine a new Intel-developed SATA controller, innovative SATA firmware and the industry's highest density 32-layer 3D NAND.

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