New Intel Solution Greatly Extends System Memory Capacity while Reducing Cost per Terabyte

Intel recently introduced the Intel® Optane™ SSD Data Center P4800X with Intel® Memory Drive Technology — a cost-effective way to extend system memory capacity beyond today’s DRAM limits.

DRAM suffers from two problems. Its capacity typically is limited to 1.5TB per processor and it’s incredibly expensive per terabyte.

The cost of adding capacity to meet today’s data-intensive workloads — for Big Data analytics, High-Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and others can severely stress a server’s budget, while managers are simply trying to maximize the value of those workloads.

Intel’s solution enables per-processor memory capacity to jump from 1.5TB up to 12TB, yet leaves operating systems and applications as is. This revolutionary strategy enables workloads to use much larger in-memory datasets to generate better insight and prevents big budget overruns.

Our business-friendly idea was to combine our highest-performing, lowest-latency SSD with innovative software to transparently combine DRAM capacity with SSD capacity. This software also differentiates between hot, warm, and cold data in the memory pool, based on usage, value, and other factors. When optimal, it relocates hot data to the DRAM portion of the memory pool to maximize performance.

Intel Optane SSD intelligently manages data in the pool to maximize performance

Such auto-tiering of data enables applications to run at near-DRAM performance, even when DRAM is supplying only 1/3rd to 1/10th of the overall system memory capacity. All of which makes Intel® Optane™ SSD Data Center P4800X with Intel® Memory Drive Technology ideal for not only extending memory capacity beyond its current limits but also reducing expenses by displacing DRAM capacity in favor of SSD capacity. Yes, it delivers results at only a fraction of the cost per terabyte.

So, who can benefit from Intel® Optane™ SSD Data Center P4800X with Intel® Memory Drive Technology? Virtually any organization looking to run breakthrough, memory-intensive, or memory-bound applications, or any organization where infrastructure capital expenditure has a significant impact.

For example, enterprises can run larger, high-value, in-memory analytics workloads faster to boost their competitive advantage. Cloud service providers can greatly reduce capital costs for memory, while also increasing operating efficiency through greater consolidation ratios for memory-intensive applications. And HPC centers can significantly expand their datasets, enabling new simulation possibilities, while increasing the speed and accuracy of results.

Intel Optane SSD Data Center P4800X with Intel Memory Drive Technology extends system memory capacityHow can you determine where your organization can benefit from the memory extension or cost-efficiency advantages of Intel® Optane™ SSD Data Center P4800X with Intel® Memory Drive Technology? First, look for workloads that are currently restricted by today’s memory limits. Next, identify potential workloads you haven’t even pursued due to those limits. Finally, look for opportunities where reducing server CapEx can significantly add bottom-line value for your organization.

Intel has the answer to these problems, and Intel has the answer now.


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