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Friday, August 11, 2017

'Ruler' form factor for solid state drives squeezes 1PB into a 1U rack

By Nick Flaherty

Intel has launched a new form factor doe solid state drives (SSDs) that is in the shape of a ruler. The new format can take storage up to a petabyte (1PB) in a 1U rack in data centre applications. 

Using the ruler form factor to squeeze 1PB of solid state memory into a 1U rack 

“We are in the midst of an era of major data center 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 Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), and director, strategic planning, marketing and business development. “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.”

The new “ruler” form factor, so-called for its long, skinny shape, shifts storage from the legacy 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors that follow traditional hard disk drives, and the add-in card form factor, which takes advantage of PCIe card slots, and delivers on the promise of non-volatile storage technologies to eliminate constraints on shape and size. 

This reduces cooling and power needs and with Intel's 3D NAND technology will enable up to 1PB in a 1U server – enough storage for 300,000 HD movies, or about 70 years of nonstop entertainment. Both Intel Optane SSDs and Intel 3D NAND SSDs in the “ruler” form factor will come to market in the near future says the company.

Intel’s solid state drive site.

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