Intel Launches New Ruler SSD Form Factor To Push 1TB Enterprise Storage

Intel's push for petabyte SSDs requires a new kind of drive

Intel unveils new 'Ruler' form factor for SSDs, supports up to 1 petabyte of storage

While the company isn't offering much in the way of information on specifications or how big the Ruler drives will be, Intel claims that companies will be able to reach 1 petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of storage in a single 1U server rack (the smallest size rack available). To put that in perspective, in order to achieve the same amount of storage with 10TB mechanical hard drives, a fully loaded, 100-bay 4U server is required.

Lately, Intel seems to be pushing the envelope with new form factors of computing products. These defined sizes mean storage is limited by how many standard drives can fit into one or more rack units, and inevitably there ends up being wasted space. So if you filled an entire 42U rack cage with ruler SSDs you'd have 42 petabytes of storage to play with. Unlike the traditional 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors of hard disk drives, these new "ruler" SSDs are long and skinny shaped.

The new form factor focuses on achieving high storage density that needs as little power and cooling as possible.

The Intel SSD DC S4600 and DC S4500 Series are targeted at HDD replacement in the data center.

Intel has launched a brand new form factor for solid state disc drives (SSD). Source - Intel. Based on comparison of Intel, Samsung, HGST and Toshiba dual port SSD portfolios.

Dual port Intel Optane SSDs and Intel® 3D NAND SSDs offer critical redundancy and failover, protecting against multiple paths to failure for mission-critical and high-availability applications.

Intel also introduced a new line of dual-port SSDs to replace the SAS SSDs and HDDs. Dual Port versions of Optane Memory SSDs are sampling now and will be available during the fourth quarter. Intel's dual-port SSDs feature dual SATA ports, which helps them connect to two independent systems at a time. Test - QD1 Random Read 4K latency, QD1 Random RW 4K 70% Read latency, QD1 Random Write 4K latency using FIO 2.15) into the portfolio.

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