Intel unveils "ruler" form factor for petabyte SSD storage

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Intel has launched a brand new form factor for solid state disc drives (SSD).

Intel Optane technology dual port SSDs and 3D NAND dual port SSDs also revealed.

The new form factor removes size limitations imposed by 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays and sports a skinny, long shape.

Intel today announced new memory technologies to advance data center storage solutions. Intel says that the new ruler SSDs are intended for use in super high-density storage racks, with up to 1PB in a single 1U server.

An updated SATA family of SSDs for data center, targeted at HDD replacement.

The Ruler form factor was created to optimise data storage in servers.

Using Ruler SSDs will make better use of the server storage capacity, and are further optimised for cooling and power consumption.

The company also unveiled a dual-port portfolio comprised of Optane and 3D NAND drives and an update to the SATA family of drives for data centers that's created to replace existing HDDs. The former - again, in Optane and 3D NAND form - promise more IOPS, more bandwidth, and lower latency than SAS SSDs.

In other SSD related news from Intel, two new SATA-based enterprise SSDs are coming, featuring Dual Port, meaning the drives have two SATA connectors in an active/active state for failover between two hosts, meaning the drives can be connected to two systems simultaneously.

The Intel SSD DC S4500 and S4600 Series are said to combine a new Intel-developed SATA controller, SATA firmware and "the industry's highest density 32-layer 3D NAND". 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. These new offerings are available now. Probably the most interesting part of the announcement was the talk of the Ruler SSDs, which do indeed look like rulers but are a bit fatter, so are probably more akin to a spirit level.

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