Giving Thanks. To SSDs.

The Thanksgiving holiday here in the US is rapidly approaching.  And while I am sincerely thankful for a number of things (my daughter, my family back east that I’ll be visiting over the holiday, friends, health, and more), this blog will be a slight twist on that theme and focus on why I (and some of my peers) are thankful for Intel SSDs.

Primarily, I’d say I’m thankful to SSDs for providing me with what I consider the two most fulfilling and fun years I’ve had during my 18+ years working at Intel.  Having spent 10 years in our IT department and several years running an embedded IT team in our Visual Computing Group, both without SSDs in my toolbox, it’s just amazing to see the new levels of application performance and data center modernization SSDs are helping drive today.

So let’s get going… I’ll start with why I’m thankful for the technical merits of SSDs, so as not to alienate my core readership, and then move on to some less technical reasons to be thankful.

In no particular order, I’m thankful for:

  • NVMe* - for bringing extreme data throughput directly to processors by virtue of their PCIe* Gen3 capable connections.
  • 3D NAND - thank you to 3D NAND for providing increased capacity through greater density, lower cost per GB, while still offering the reliability, speed and performance associated with solid state memory.
  • Durability - try this with a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). And certainly don’t try a fire suppression test with HDDs either.
  • Manageability - want to check on the health of your SSD? Upgrade to a new firmware version to unlock some additional performance?  The Intel® SSD Toolbox and Intel® SSD Data Center Tool can help.
  • Reliability - See SSD Myth #3 here.

Specific to our Data Center families of products:

  • Enhanced Power Loss Protection - should a datacenter lose power to a server that my data resides in, I can rest easy knowing that any in–progress writes will still be committed.
  • High Endurance Technology (HET) - have a write-intensive workload? The 2.0 TB P3700 SSD with HET can handle up to 34 TB of writes every day for five years.
  • End-to-End Data Protection - worried about bit flips? End-to-end Data Protection ensure the integrity of my stored data.

And now for some individual takes on this same topic when asked:

James Myers (@DoeboizMyers)

  • I’m thankful for Riley SSD’s big smile
  • I’m thankful for Optane Dev clouds to play with
  • I’m thankful for sub millisecond transactions
  • I’m thankful for storage transformation so I don’t need to go to Fibre Channel standards meetings any more
  • I’m thankful for Technology Revolutions enabled by the Cloud, which is enabled by SSDs: eg PokemonGo*, Uber*/Lyft*, Netflix*
  • I’m thankful I can have a Thanksgiving movie marathon from the comfort of my couch #blockBUSTED
  • I’m thankful for the most awesome team in all of Intel

Frank Ober (@fxober)

  • I’m thankful for way lower software cost thanks to SSDs feeding my CPU like a cookie monster

Jeff McLeod (@Jeffmcleod)

  • They just work

Doug DeVetter (@DougDeVetter)

  • I’ll get back to you shortly

Lisa Thee

  • I am thankful that SSD’s enable businesses to innovate to compete in the data age

And me (@LeToKen)…

  • I’m thankful for super duper speedy boot times on my notebook so that when I’m late to work I can catch up quickly

And lastly, I am thankful to those who stopped by to read this!


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About Ken LeTourneau

Ken LeTourneau has been with Intel for 20 years and is a Solutions Architect focused on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. He works with leading software vendors on architectures and capabilities for Big Data solutions with a focus on analytics. He provides a unique perspective to leading IT decision makers on why AI is important for 21st century organizations, advising them on architectural best practices for deploying and optimizing their infrastructure to meet their needs. Previously, Ken served as an Engineering Manager and Build Tools Engineer in Intel's Graphics Software Development and Validation group. He got his start as an Application Developer and Application Support Specialist in Intel's Information Technology group.