Intel Unveils DC P4510 Series SSDs For Data Centers Employing 64-layer TLC 3D NAND

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Intel has rolled out new SSD storage solutions that are specifically aimed at the data center market. The new SSDs fall into the Intel SSD DC P4510 Series and use 64-layer TLC 3D NAND. The construction of the SSDs allows end users to do more per server, support broader workloads and deliver more space-efficient capacity.

Intel wrote, “The P4510 Series enables up to four times more terabytes per server and delivers up to 10 times better random read latency at 99.99 percent quality of service than previous generations. The drive can also deliver up to double the input-output operations per second (IOPS) per terabyte. The 1 and 2TB capacities have been shipping to cloud service providers (CSPs) in high volume since August 2017, and the 4 and 8TB capacities are now available to CSPs and channel customers. All capacities are in the 2.5-inch 15 mm U.2 form factor and utilize a PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 connection.”

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Intel is also delivering a pair of new technologies along with the new SSD family to accelerate performance and make managing devices simpler. Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) uses Intel VMD to provide RAID to PCIe SSDs. This allows the removal of RAID cards with VROC, enabling up to two times the IOPS performance and up to 70% cost savings with PCIe SSDs that attach directly to the CPU.

Intel notes that it has been shipping pre-spec version of the SSD DC P450 to customers like IBM and Tencent for over a year. The SSD DC P4510 Series SSDs will be offered in EDSFF 1U long and 1U short starting in the second half of 2018. “The industry has shown an overwhelmingly positive response to the Intel-inspired EDSFF specifications, with more than 10 key OEM, ODM and ecosystem members indicating intentions to design EDSFF SSDs into their systems. Additional SSD manufacturers have also expressed intent to deliver EDSFF SSDs in the future,” Intel added.

Tencent is incorporating the P4500 series in its “ruler” form factor T-Flex platform devices. These have 32 “ruler” SSDs inside as a standard high-performance storage resource pool. “‘Ruler’ optimizes heat dissipation, significantly enhances SSD serviceability and delivers amazing storage capacity that will scale to 1PB in 1U in the future, thereby reducing overall storage construction and operating costs,” said Wu Jianjian, product director of Blackstone Product Center, Tencent Cloud. “We are very excited about this modern design and encourage its adoption as an industry standard specification.”