Intel's push for petabyte SSDs requires a new kind of drive

Isaac Cain
August 8, 2017

Intel has now teased its new form factor for SSDs which looks like a ruler, the drives will be long and skinny like a ruler. Intel Ruler SSD can infuse 1U servers with up to 1PB of storage.

Intel's designed the technology so that it'll be easy to move from HDD to SSDs.

"We are in the midst of an era of major data center transformation, driven by Intel".

Lately, Intel seems to be pushing the envelope with new form factors of computing products.

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The aim with this new form factor is to achieve high storage density that requires as little power and cooling as possible. Classic hard drives have defined the form factor for SSDs up until fairly recently, with 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives being the norm. This form factor will also be used for Optane SSDs, Intel says, with availability slated for the "near future".

Intel also introduced a new line of dual-port SSDs to replace the SAS SSDs and HDDs. The Dual Port SSDs are available today via the DC D4500, D4501 and D4600 Series, in capacities up to 7.68TB. These storage-inspired SSDs preserve legacy infrastructure, ensuring a simple transition from hard disk drives to SSDs, while enabling data centers to reduce storage cost, increase server efficiency and minimize service disruptions.

While none of these are going to end up in consumer hardware any time soon - though the Intel 3D NAND technology will, in other forms - you'll probably see the benefit anyway. 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.

World's Most Advanced Dual Port Portfolio. The company has announced its new "Ruler" SSD form-factor, which completely ditches legacy 2.5- and 3.5-inch formats. Dual Port versions of Optane Memory SSDs are sampling now and will be available during the fourth quarter.

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