Intel 3D NAND SSDs Target Consumer, Business And Data Centre

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New more affordable SSDs launched that promise more performance in a smaller footprint

Intel has launched a new range of Solid State Drives (SSDs) as it looks to broaden its appeal to the consumer, business, Internet of Things and data centre storage market.

The new SSDs utilise 3D NAND instead of traditional NAND which promises faster performance in a smaller footprint.

New Drives

Intel-SSD_320For the consumer market the Intel SSD 600p Series is for desktop and laptop PCs. The Intel SSD 600p Series brings “PCIe performance to mainstream price points while delivering exceptional performance that far exceeds traditional hard drives,” said Intel.

The business market is catered to by the Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series. These are more power-efficient unit and “delivers enterprise-ready security and manageability features for IT administrators and corporate end-users.”

For the data centre Intel is offering both the Intel SSD DC P3520 Series and the Intel SSD DC S3520 Series. The SSD DC P3520 Series is an addition to Intel’s current portfolio of data centre SSDs and is more suited read-intensive applications in cloud computing environments, such as storage virtualization and web hosting.

The Intel SSD DC S3520 Series meanwhile “balances cost and performance for the data centre and delivers significant latency and throughput improvements over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).” It is more suited for those making the initial transition to SATA SSDs from HDDs.

The Internet of Things sector has the Intel SSD E 6000p Series and SSD E 5420s Series. The first offers additional security and manageability features for IoT applications, such as point-of-sale devices and digital signage.

Intel2The SSD E 5420s Series meanwhile includes additional data protection features, “helping to ensure data will be reliably read or written, even during moments of power loss, for complete confidence.”

“These new SSDs reflect Intel’s 30-year commitment to memory technologies and our long-term plan to transform the economics of storage with trusted, breakthrough 3D NAND technology from Intel,” Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president and Director of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Development for NSG

“This broad array of new 3D NAND SSDs expands the reach of PCIe solutions and offers a cost effective replacement for traditional Hard Disk Drives, helping customers accelerate user experiences, improve the performance of apps and services and reduce IT costs,” he added.

Faster Performance

Conventional SSDs utilise traditional NAND, but 3D NAND flash is a type of flash memory that offers bigger capacity, more performance, in a smaller footprint.

The first 3D NAND devices from Intel appeared earlier this year when the chip giant announced new SSDs (Intel SSD DC P3320 and P3520 Series) optimised for the cloud and enterrprise workloads.

Intel said that the DC P3320 offered up to a 5-times performance boost compared to SATA-based SSDs4.

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