Intel Ships Enterprise-Class Solid-State Drives

Intel Ships Enterprise-Class Solid-State Drives

New Drives Break Performance Barriers, Lower Storage Infrastructure, Cooling, Energy Costs


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation has begun shipping its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel® X-25E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems. Unlike mechanical drives, the SSDs contain no moving parts and instead feature 50nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology. Systems equipped with these drives will not suffer from the performance bottlenecks associated with conventional drives. By reducing the total infrastructure, cooling and energy costs, SSDs can lower total cost of ownership for enterprise applications by more than five times.

"Hard disk drive performance has not kept pace with Moore's Law," said Kirk Skaugen, general manager, Intel Server Platforms group. "Intel's high-performance SSDs unleash the full performance of the latest Intel Xeon processor-based systems while increasing reliability and lowering the total cost of ownership for a broad range of server and storage workloads."

The Intel X25-E increases server, workstation and storage system performance by 100 times* over hard disk drives as measured in Input/Output Per Second (IOPS), today's key storage performance metric. A storage model which includes SSDs can also lower energy costs by up to five times, an added benefit for businesses focused on electricity savings. "Solid-state drive technology will change the economics of enterprise data centers," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. "SSDs, along with our systems and Solaris ZFS with hybrid storage pools, are important components of the Open Storage initiative. Sun expects to offer enterprise storage solutions that will exploit the breakthrough performance of Intel's High Performance Solid-State Drives and deliver significant performance gains while consuming a fraction of the energy of traditional spinning disk arrays."

The product was designed for intense computing workloads which benefit primarily from high random read and write performance, as measured in IOPS. Key technical performance specifications of the 32 GB Intel X-25E SATA SSD include 35,000 IOPS (4KB Random Read), 3,300 IOPS (4KB Random Write) and 75 microsecond read latency. This performance, combined with low active power of 2.4 watts, delivers up to 14,000 IOPS per watt for optimal performance/power output. The product also achieves up to 250 megabytes per second (MB/s) sequential read speeds and up to 170 MB/s sequential write speeds, all in a compact 2.5-inch form factor.

Intel achieves this breakthrough performance through innovations such as 10-channel NAND architecture with Native Command Queuing, proprietary controller and firmware efficient in advanced wear-leveling and low write amplification. The 32GB X25-E is capable of writing up to 4 petabytes (PB) of data over three-year period (3.7 TB/day), and double that for the 64GB version - delivering outstanding data reliability.

The 32GB capacity drive is in production and priced at $695 for quantities up to 1,000. The 64GB version is expected to sample in the fourth quarter with production estimated for the first quarter of 2009. For more information go to www.intel.com/go/ssd.
Via:  Intel
Comments
ice91785 6 years ago

I would just LOVE to find a SSD drive for under $200....just needs to be big enough for an OS and maybe 5 games.

I recently went to intel's ICC in minneapolis and they demonstrated two identical computers. The only difference was one had a standard 7200RPM drive and the other had one of intel's SSD drives. OH!! And they even tried to stack the deck again the SSD by putting Vista on it whereas the other had XP.

Anyway long story short, the SSD still kicked the other drives @$$ in a very big way (~15-20 seconds [to full boot with all services/apps loaded] quicker than the non-SSD machine)

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="ice91785"]

I would just LOVE to find a SSD drive for

I recently went to intel's ICC in minneapolis and they demonstrated two identical computers. The only difference was one had a standard 7200RPM drive and the other had one of intel's SSD drives. OH!! And they even tried to stack the deck again the SSD by putting Vista on it whereas the other had XP.

Anyway long story short, the SSD still kicked the other drives @$ in a very big way (~15-20 seconds [to full boot with all services/apps loaded] quicker than the non-SSD machine)

[/quote]

Thats awesome. What do you do for a living if you don't mind me asking?

 

3vi1 6 years ago

Online marketing for Intel?

 

lol... I kid... I kid.... (ducks and runs)

ice91785 6 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]Thats awesome. What do you do for a living if you don't mind me asking?[/quote] 

I actually just went as a guest with a buddy of mine.... I am still in the market for a good job after school. I am in my 4th year at the universit currently help supervise a Geek Squad here in Minnesota full-time also (ducks and runs -- waiting for the outburst of GS hate) Stick out tongue

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="ice91785"]

(ducks and runs -- waiting for the outburst of GS hate) Stick out tongue

[/quote]

Na I love the geek squad. They did a great job formating both the boot drive and the second drive full of pics and games on my moms computer that had a virus. Got it all cleaned out! I'm sure people like you that are into tech do a much better job.

 

lolWut 6 years ago

Why didnt you help your mom instead of sending her to the geek squad :(

ice91785 6 years ago

[quote user="lolWut"]Why didnt you help your mom instead of sending her to the geek squad :([/quote]

Because the Squad rocks everyone's socks!

 

I am glad you had a good experience Bob....its usually techies that hate "the squad" because of how knowledgable techies are -- but I guess you certainly cannot argue that GS found a niche in the market.

Back on track -- intel seems to make a solid set of SSDs; I would like one for myself

3vi1 6 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

Na I love the geek squad. They did a great job formating both the boot drive and the second drive full of pics and games on my moms computer that had a virus. Got it all cleaned out! I'm sure people like you that are into tech do a much better job.

[/quote]

 

Pics?  "Probably porn... delete them."  Games?  "Probably pirated.... delete them."....  ROFL...

I wish more GS guys *were* actually geeks that hung out on boards like this.  I haven't found the majority of them to be very helpful.  Though, I will say that they all seem to genuinely be interested in learning *why* you disagree with them and *why* you burst into laughter at their recommendations.  We've actually had some pretty cool conversations, once they realized I was a geek.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="3vi1"]

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

Na I love the geek squad. They did a great job formating both the boot drive and the second drive full of pics and games on my moms computer that had a virus. Got it all cleaned out! I'm sure people like you that are into tech do a much better job.

[/quote]

 

Pics?  "Probably porn... delete them."  Games?  "Probably pirated.... delete them."....  ROFL...

 

[/quote]

It was my Moms. Family pics and peggle type games.

 

3vi1 6 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

It was my Moms. Family pics and peggle type games.

[/quote]

I understood that - I was just picturing them not caring about what they were erasing.  :p

ice91785 6 years ago

Broken Heart Sad

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