Change is the only constant – a storage disruption is here!

Technology continuously changes, and with these changes come disruption and new ways to add value.  The ecosystem must learn how to maximize the benefits of the new technology, users must learn how to effectively use the technology, and new ways must be created to measure the benefits of the technology.

A great example of this is Intel® Optane™ technology.  Intel recently announced the Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive 900P, a client SSD which will inspire a shift in thinking toward storage performance and how it can add value.

Low latency media enables ground-breaking performance-Intel Optane SSD 900P (source: Shrout Research)
*Low latency media enables ground-breaking performance. (source: Shrout Research)






The Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P is based on 3D XPoint™ memory media, a new type of low latency non-volatile memory that bridges the gap between NAND and DRAM.  The Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P has been optimized for enthusiasts and professional users, delivering workstation-class performance, industry-leading endurance, and enabling new possibilities.  What could you do differently if you could ease the performance or endurance constraints of NAND-based SSDs?  Work faster?  Work differently?  Work on new or bigger problems?

Leveraging the low latency media, a hallmark of the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P, is ground-breaking random performance at low queue depths.  Just as tools and methodologies have evolved as the industry transitioned from hard disk drives (HDDs) to NAND-based SSDs, this fundamentally different technology requires thoughtful analysis of the way in which performance is measured and the value it can provide.  Shrout Research published a paper exploring some considerations when evaluating the performance of Intel® Optane™ SSDs.

Understanding and applying the concepts presented will allow the reader to better assess the opportunity that the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P may present to their business.