A long-awaited technology is publicly available starting today. The new Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X series of SSDs will usher in new forms of storage.
Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X – Why it is revolutionary
3D XPoint based Intel Optane SSDs feature improved low queue depth performance over traditional NAND NVMe SSDs. Write endurance of 30 DWPD, much higher than most SSDs.
Intel also says that the drives are able to handle mixed read and write workloads much faster than even their highest speed Intel DC P3700 NVMe SSDs which is a testament to the products.
Along with the Intel DC P4800X, we have the launch of Intel Memory Drive Technology which will allow the use of Optane SSDs and future DIMM form factors as expanded memory. Want a 2 socket server with 20TB of memory, no problem! The technology is set to re-define in-memory computing by bridging the gap between expensive but fast DRAM and inexpensive yet much slower NVMe SSDs. An added benefit is that these drives are non-volatile, unlike DRAM so they store data even after power loss.
Intel is also pushing the drives as an alternative for cloud service providers. The above is an example where Intel is showing off premiums that Amazon, Microsoft and Google are charging for higher IOPS storage. Intel’s premise is that major cloud providers can use Optane drives to create a new, more expensive yet better QoS storage tier for their customers.
The Intel DC P4800X will be available in both AIC and 2.5″ U.2 form factors with the AIC form factors arriving before the U.2 drives.
Capacities are going to be different than the current NVMe drives at 375GB, 750GB and 1.5TB at launch.
We expect these drives to be priced somewhere between DRAM and NAND pricing and availability is starting today for the 375GB AIC version.