Affordably accommodate data demands in today's data center with Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory and Intel® Optane™ DC Solid State Drives (SSDs). These technologies help address traditional DRAM and NAND storage cost and capacity limitations.
Accommodating today's data demands can be difficult. As the volume of global data continues to rise exponentially, the world’s cloud infrastructures, where much of that data will reside, must adapt before they become overwhelmed. Traditional memory and storage architectures often prove too costly or limited in performance for conventional real-time data demands.
Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory and Intel® Optane™ DC Solid State Drives (SSDs) help address the performance and capacity gap that exists between DRAM and NAND storage. By combining groundbreaking Intel® Optane™ technology media with new software, users can employ various configuration modes to achieve a range of benefits, including:
- Massively expanded total system memory capacities
- High virtual machine (VM) density, enabling more VMs per server and/or
- total server count consolidation
- High application performance partially due to less need for disk swapping
- New tiering possibilities from responsive storage
- Persistent memory for remarkably fast system recovery
Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory and SSDs provide an aﬀordable solution for enabling data center and cloud applications with the capacity and performance needed to accommodate the coming generation of data demands.
Memory and storage exist on a continuum. That continuum is typically viewed through two lenses, cost and latency, which tend to have an inverse relationship. As cost per gigabyte increases, access latency tends to decrease.
Intel® Optane™ technology media slots into the gap between capacity and performance on this memory/storage continuum. The medium uses a resistive memory technology with inherently fast performance qualities. With NAND, a cell must be erased before it can be written to, and movement of electrons through inhibiting insulation and onto a ﬂoating metal gate can make programming slow. Intel® Optane™ technology allows for “write-in-place” programming. There’s no need to erase the media before writing. The controller simply sets or resets the material, making it much faster than NAND.
Whether this underlying media is packaged as memory modules or SSDs, Intel® Optane™ technology possesses several characteristics that make it versatile and needed: low latency, high endurance, and data persistence.
Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory and Intel® Optane™ DC SSD technologies give businesses a way to cost-eﬀectively break beyond DRAM and NAND barriers using product classes that never existed before. By enabling previously unattainable system memory capacities and introducing new levels of responsiveness and endurance to high-performance storage, Intel® Optane™ technology delivers the aﬀordable solutions data centers and cloud applications need to accommodate the coming generation of data demands.
This brief provides more information about the various Intel® Optane™ technology choices and helps readers select the technology that is the best fit for their workloads and use cases.