Intel has introduced a new Solid State Drive (SDD) that can store up to 1 Petabyte of data, using less power. They have named it “Ruler”. It is enough to store 70 years of nonstop videos and around 300,000 high definition movies. These slim-shaped devices are made for server racks where they will be able to extensively increase the amount of storage space.
The Size and Technology
The name, “Ruler” is given because of its long and skinny shape that completely ditches legacy 3.5 and 2.5 inch formats used for traditional hard disk drive. Since Solid State Drives don’t have motors (contains only number of chips), new form factors were introduced like PCIe card and M.2 slots, in order to deliver promising non-volatile storage technologies.
Along with the elimination of constraints on size and shape, Ruler delivers a vast amount of storage space with lower cooling and power requirements. The new drive is using Intel’s 3D NAND technology, making it possible to store up to 1 PB in a 1U server. To achieve the same amount of storage with 10 Terabyte hard drive, you need a fully loaded 100-bay 4U server.
Price and Release Date Aren’t Confirmed
Sadly, Intel hasn’t provided any detailed information on these Ruler SSDs. No words on connectors or dimension, but it is expected that they may use a standard SATA or U.2 SAS-3 connector.
What Else They Are Introducing?
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Ruler isn’t the only device Intel revealed in August 2017, they are also looking to launch Optane technology, dual port SSDs and 3D NAND dual port SSDs for high-availability, mission critical programs. This will offer better failover and redundancy.
Dual port SSDs are supposed to replace HDDs and SAS SSDs. This new storage technology promises to deliver more bandwidth and IOPS with lower latency.
The second generation 32-layer 3D NAND technology would decrease storage cost, maximize server efficiency and reduce server disruptions. Moreover, optane technology will improve the transaction process, enabling real time analytics and capitalizing on the performance of Xeon processors.