Unlocking Data Opportunity with Revolutionary New Memory Technology

Introducing the Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory Hardware Beta program; view webcast at Intel.com/OptaneDCPersistentMemory.

There’s no topic that comes up more frequently or fervently in my conversations with customers than the data opportunity. Mounting organizational data stores, once viewed as a burden, are now viewed as vast untapped profit centers for the company. To help customers seize this opportunity, the industry needs to deliver breakthrough data-centric solutions that can tap data for greater business impact.

At Intel, we’ve been working on this challenge for years. The world’s leading data analytics solutions have been optimized to take full advantage of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. We’ve worked with the communications service provider (CoSP) industry to transform networks for improved data movement and delivered innovative communications and storage technologies to accelerate network speed and scale while improving data center storage performance. And today, we’re delivering a historic advancement for data-centric computing with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory.

When paired with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory revolutionizes the data center memory-storage hierarchy of the past and brings massive data sets closer to the CPU for faster time to insight. It also fundamentally changes data center resiliency, taking database restart times from hours down to minutes or seconds, and delivering an affordable memory footprint to scale system memory capacity to unprecedented levels.

While we’ve been talking about the promise this technology for years as Intel engineers readied this product for market, today we’re announcing the delivery of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory availability through our Hardware Beta Program. You can look forward to OEMs and cloud service providers (CSPs), including Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Google Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Lenovo, Oracle, and Tencent, to soon announce services and systems for early customer trials and deployments, in advance of general availability in the first half of 2019.

These systems and services will deliver new advancements for a wide range of data center use cases including improved analytics, database and in-memory database, artificial intelligence, high-capacity virtual machines and containers, and content delivery networks. We’ve worked with leading ISVs worldwide including Aerospike, Altibase, Apache, AsiaInfo, Cassandra DataBricks, Gigaspaces, IBM, Red Hat, RedisLabs, RocksDB, SAS, SAP, Sunjesoft, SUSE, Ubuntu, and Virtuozzo to ensure that these applications and operating environments take full advantage of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory.

Today, I was joined colleagues from two of the most innovative data center software providers, Microsoft and VMware. Erin Chapple, Corporate VP of Windows Server at Microsoft, shared the incredible advancements Microsoft has driven to Windows Server* ’19 and SQL Server* thanks to our joint collaboration. This included a new performance record for Microsoft Hyper-V and Storage Spaces Direct demonstrated at Microsoft Ignite of 13.7 million IOPS, more than doubling the record set just last year.

VMware CTO of Server Platform Technologies, Rich Brunner, joined me to discuss VMware’s optimization of VSphere* and to demonstrate VM capacity scaling to 122 VMs running on a two-socket platform supported by 6 TB of system memory delivered by Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory.

The examples provided by Microsoft and VMware feature unique capabilities delivered by Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory through two special operating modes. Applications that have been specifically tuned can take advantage of App Direct mode, delivering the full value of the product’s native persistence and larger capacity. In Memory Mode, applications running in a supported OS or VM environment will be able to use the product as volatile memory, taking advantage of the additional system capacity made possible from module sizes up to 512 GB without needing to rewrite software. For more details on how these modes function within a system, check out this blog by Intel’s VP of and GM, Datacenter Memory and Storage Solutions, Alper Ilkbahar.

If you’re ready to accelerate your quest to capture more value from data, I’d encourage you to look through the other videos and resources at Intel.com/OptaneDCPersistentMemory to learn more about Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory and hear from our partners about their plans to utilize the technology in their system and service offerings.