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Intel Intros Next-Gen Data Center SSD

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Intel Intros Next-Gen Data Center SSD, the S3700 SeriesIntel Intros Next-Gen Data Center SSD, the S3700 Series

Meet Intel's second-generation data center-focused SSDs, the S37oo Series.

This week Intel introduced its next-generation of data center solid state drives, the Intel SSD DC S3700 Series. This new line promises low latencies, consistent IOPS performance, strong data protection and high endurance to meet the needs for HPC, big data, cloud-computing and other data center applications.

Intel said that this new series offers 4KB random read performance of up to 75,000 IOPS and 4KB write performance of up to 36,000 IOPS. They also have a typical sequential write latency of 65 microseconds and high Quality of Service (QoS) of less than 500 microseconds 99.9-percent of the time. They also incorporate Intel High Endurance Technology (HET) to deliver single-level cell SSD-like endurance in the more cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) technology.

"By combining SSD NAND management techniques with NAND silicon enhancements, HET enables the Intel SSD DC S37000 Series to achieve 10 full drive writes per day over the 5-year life of the drive," the company said. "This is the equivalent of recording more than 186 years of HD video over the life of the highest capacity 800 GB drive."

Connecting via a SATA 6 Gb/s interface, these drives offer read speeds of up to 500 MB/s and write speeds up to 460 MB/s – 2x (read) and 15x (write) faster than the previous generation Intel SSD 710 Series. They are also offered in two sizes: 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch. Samples of the product are now available for data center customers to begin quality and validation cycles, the company said.

"For IT/data center professionals who must also worry about data protection and maximum security, the Intel SSD DC S3700 Series offers full end-to-end data protection and 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) capability," Intel added. "To further improve reliability, the Intel SSD DC S3700 incorporates an array of surplus flash memory used for data redundancy to minimize potential data loss."

General production availability is expected to begin by the end of the year, with volume production in the first quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, below is a list of both models showing their storage capacities and prices. Intel has also provided a spec sheet in PDF format here, and a product brief in PDF format here.

2.5-inch Model (based on 1,000-unit quantities)
100 GB – $235
200 GB – $470
400 GB – $940
800 GB – $1,880

1.8-inch Model
200 GB – $495
400 GB – $965

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