Intel has launched a brand new form factor for solid state disc drives (SSD).
Intel Optane's new "Ruler" format will allow up to one petabyte of storage on a single 1U server rack.
Although new formats are emerging all the time, this one seems particularly timely, coming as it does when we have far exceeded the need for an SSD to take up even a standard 2.5 inch space - most of which is air.
By using 3D-NAND, the ruler crams in even more data and will provide more stability with less chance of catastrophic failure with data loss.
The company has promised that the Ruler will have more bandwidth, IOPS and lower latency than SAS.
"We are in the midst of an era of major data centre transformation, driven by Intel. These new ruler form factor SSDs and dual port SSDs are the latest in a long line of innovations we've brought to market to make storing and accessing data easier and faster, while delivering more value to customers," said Intel vice president, Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, who's in charge of the Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), at the company.
"Data drives everything we do - from financial decisions to virtual reality gaming, and from autonomous driving to machine learning - and Intel storage innovations like these ensure incredibly quick, reliable access to that data."
There's no set date for the Ruler to arrive, but the newest drives will be arriving in standard formats (SATA, SAS and M2) in quarter three of 2017.
As part of the announcement, Intel also announced a range of "hard drive replacement" SSDs, the S4500 and S4600, which are said to have the highest density 32-layer 3D NAND on the market, and are specifically aimed at data centre operators that want to move to solid-state simply and, if necessary, in stages.
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