1Pbyte SSD rulers slash data centre power

1Pbyte SSD rulers slash data centre power

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By Nick Flaherty

The PCIe-based D5-P4326 drive can store 32 Tbytes in the new 305 x 38mm (12 x1.5in) ruler format by stacking memory cells in 64 layers in the flash chips. This is designed to allow up to 1PByte in a single 1U server rack. 

The new Enterprise & Datacentre SSD Form Factor (EDSSDF) format and higher density allows the SSDs to be linked up side-by-side with more efficient airflow and a lower 12V supply. The 1PB implementation has 10 percent the power and takes up just five percent of previous drives based on spinning disks, says Wayne Allen, director of data centre storage pathfinding for the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group at Intel.

“We didn’t just improve density, we improved the thermals,” said Allen. “Because [the drive] impacts everything about server design and helps increase performance and reach new levels of density, it’s a big deal. We’re redesigning the data centre with this.”

Neither Allen nor Intel has said how much the 32Tbyte drive will cost.

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