Looking Forward While Looking Back

"It is not possible to go forward while looking back.”
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

I’ve been told that I have a penchant for being reflective.  I can (and frequently do) replay entire conversations from weeks or years ago in my head, speculating how events could have played out differently had those conversations gone slightly different, so I can’t disagree with that characterization.  So when I was asked if I could craft a 2016 “Year in review” blog for Intel® SSDs, it presented a small challenge:  be brief (this is a blog after all), and also have an eye to the future.

The year 2016 saw a record number (14!) of new products launched by the Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG).  Spanning product refreshes, new product families (Intel® Embedded SSDs and Intel’s first dual port NVMe* SSDs), along with our first products built using 3D MLC NAND and planar TLC NAND, new SSDs were launched for the data center, client, and embedded market segments.

Looking back into 2016

In the Intel® SSD Data Center Family:

Intel® Business Client SSDs:

  • Intel® SSD Pro 5400s Series- Delivers power-efficient performance with enterprise-ready security and remote manageability
  • Intel® SSD Pro 6000p Series- Brings PCIe* performance to mainstream price points while delivering exceptional performance that towers above traditional hard drives

Intel® SSD Consumer Family:

  • Intel® SSD 540s Series- Intel’s first TLC-based consumer SSD designed for a wide range of consumer platforms
  • Intel® SSD 600p Series- Accelerates office applications, 4K video playback, HD content creation, and everyday gaming

Intel® Embedded SSDs:

  • Intel® SSD E 5400s Series- Offers a low-power solution with excellent durability, lasting integrity, performance and security features across a variety of applications
  • Intel® SSD E 5410s Series- Offers excellent durability, lasting integrity, security, and performance across a variety of embedded and IoT applications
  • Intel® SSD E 5420s Series- Delivers enhanced security and manageability support on 6th gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based devices
  • Intel® SSD E 6000p Series- Offers manageability and performance across a variety of applications, including point-of-sale and digital signage

And looking forward to in 2017

While I can’t mention product specifics in a public forum such as this, speaking more generally…

  • The continued growth of scale out storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) as the platform for the private portion of hybrid clouds.
  • The creative new use cases and user experiences that will be built using Intel® Optane™ technology
  • Discovering how computer architectures may fundamentally change as Intel® Optane™ technology matures and the lines between traditional storage and memory begin to blur.
  • Ever denser SSDs built using Intel® 3D NAND technology.
  • Seeing if we can set some new storage benchmark records with those new products coming in 2017 that I can’t talk about here.

In closing, I’d like to wish you, the reader (well, maybe not the search bots), a happy and prosperous 2017!


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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.