Intel this week announced a new line of solid state drives for data centers and cloud computing servers. Dubbed DC S3500, the new series of SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications such as web hosting, cloud computing, and data center virtualization, the Santa Clara chip maker says. The S3500 line is also being billed as a cost-effective replacement for traditional hard drives.
"The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series breaks through barriers – like the need for high throughput/low latency storage with a low total cost of ownership – to deliver the storage solution that meets the needs of the cloud, and its demand for storage, which has exploded in recent years," said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general manager for the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "Intel's data center family of SSDs helps make cloud computing faster and more reliable, enabling more transactions and richer experiences."
Intel's new drives combine 20nm NAND flash memory technology with support for SATA 6Gbps, resulting in sequential read speeds of up to 500MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 450MB/s. The drives are available in both 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch form factors in 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 240GB, 300GB, 400GB, 480GB, and 800GB capacities. Prices range from $115 to $979.