Introducing the Intel Ruler SSD

The new “ruler” form factor, so-called for its long, skinny shape, shifts storage from the legacy 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors that follow traditional hard disk drives, and the add-in card form factor, which takes advantage of PCIe card slots, and delivers on the promise of non-volatile storage technologies to eliminate constraints on shape and size. The new form factor delivers the most storage capacity for a server, with the lowest required cooling and power needs, plus a host of new user benefits:

Built in Serviceability

• Programmable LEDs to quickly locate failed drives, offline drives, and unpopulated slots.

• Carrier-less design with integrated latch removes need for drive carriers

• Enclosure Management with slot level power control enables single drive isolation or system level power loss

The next-generation “ruler” form factor SSDs, using both Intel Optane and Intel 3D NAND technology, will feature several product and capacity launches throughout 2018, each optimised for certain use cases, but culminating in a 32TB Ruler SSD allowing up to 1PB in a 1U server.

Space Efficient Capacity

Storage density-optimized design delivers higher per drive capacity

1U optimized form factor delivers up to 32 drives per U for higher per server capacity

Operationally Efficient Design

Up to 55% more thermally efficient than 15mm U.2

Consolidate racks to reduce opex

System-based design approach enables more efficient solutions

Efficient Management at Scale

Front loading and hot swappable

Integrated power cycling enables remote, drive specific reboot

Expanded and programmable LEDs enable indication of more device states

Innovative All-Flash Storage Solution

Intel® Storage Server AF1000 Product Family

Supported Ruler Capacities
with P4500 (Q1'18) 4TB and 8TB (uo tp 256TB total)
with P4510 (2H'18) Up to 32TB (up to 1PB total)
Host Interconnect
Four - x16 PCIe Re-timer AICs with mini HD cables
P4500 SSD Endurance
Random Write Up to 7.2 PBW
Sequential Write Up to 38.6 PBW
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 17.25" x 1.72" x 30.7" (W x H x D)
Weight (estimated) 23 KG (fully configured)

Intel Storage System All-Flash System - How to Order

The simple configuration of the Ruler SSD and AF1000 chassis makes for a 3-stage ordering process, as follows:

Step 1: Choose Base System

All-Flash JBOD System

  • Includes:
  • Wave 0 SP JBOD
  • Two switch modules
  • Re-timer cards (2x per module)
  • Dual power supply
  • CMA
  • Rail kit
  • Locked Bezel

NOTE: Only one base system available at launch

Step 2: Choose Ruler Quantity

Installed Ruler SSD

  • Options:
  • P4500 - 4TB
  • P4500 - 8TB

NOTE: Minimum number of rulers: 8
Maximum number of rulers: 32

Step 3: Order Options


  • Includes:
  • Re-timer card for host
  • Mini HD cables

NOTE: Only these re-timers and cables are supported at launch

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