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November 6, 2012

Intel introduces new data centre solid-state drive

Intel SSD DC S3700 Series to remove storage bottlenecks and maximise multi-core CPU performance

By CBR Staff Writer

Chimaker Intel has introduced a its new data centre solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series, which is designed to meet the needs of big data, HPC and cloud-computing apps.

The new drive is claimed to remove storage bottlenecks and maximise multi-core CPU performance and delivers consistent performance, low latencies along with strong data protection and high endurance to help IT personnel support data centre applications.

Intel SSD DC S3700 Series is a 6 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) SATA drive with performance transfer rates of 500 megabyte per second (MB/s) reads and 460 MB/s writes.

The new drive distributes Input/Outputs Per Second (IOPS) with low maximum latencies and also feeds I/O-starved applications with 4KB random read performance of up to 75,000 IOPS and 4KB write performance of up to 36,000 IOPS, the company said.

It offers full end-to-end data protection and 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) capability, delivers up to 2x read and 15x write performance over its previous generation Intel SSD 710 Series and incorporates an array of surplus flash memory used for data redundancy to minimise data loss.

Intel SSD DC S3700 features sequential write latency of 65 microseconds and high Quality of Service (QOS) of less than 500 microseconds, offering parallel multithreaded computing an increased storage throughput to keep multicore CPUs active.

The drive incorporates Intel High Endurance Technology (HET) to deliver single-level cell SSD-like endurance in a cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) technology.

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In addition, the new drive claimed to reduce the active power consumption to 6 watts and idle 650 milliwatts, which reduces heat and therefore lowers both energy and cooling costs.

The new SSD comes in a 2.5-inch form factor for all capacities, 100, 200, 400 and 800 gigabytes (GB), and in a 1.8-inch form factor in 200GB and 400GB capacities.

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