Today, Intel is announcing what it calls the world's densest SSD. Called the Intel SSD DC P4500, the storage device is roughly the length of an old-school ruler that you used in elementary or middle school and holds a whopping 32TB of data. Yes, 32 terabytes.
Intel is pushing this unique form-factor as a cost-effective way to replace traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), which are known to generate quite a bit of heat -- especially when you have multiple drives enclosed in a relatively tight enclosure. Given that beefy 24-7-365 air-conditioning systems contribute greatly to the running costs of data centers, Intel reckons that any increases in cost associated with these large-scale SSD deployments will be more than made up for when it comes to efficiency gains.
"Compared with a traditional SSD, the “ruler” requires half the airflow to keep cool," Intel explains. "And compared with hard disk storage, the new 3D NAND SSD sips one-tenth the power and requires just one-twentieth the space."