Which SSD should i choose?

Intel SSDs for the server and datacentre are optimised for performance, reliability, and endurance, in order to help eliminate bottlenecks and modernise your infrastructure to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of digital business. However, just as you choose your server specification based on its intended use and required performance, the same has to be said for the storage you deploy in that server. Depending on whether the storage is first-line cache, general access or archive capacity, will determine which type of storage to choose – including both its connectivity and performance.

As with every other aspect of your server build the Scan Business and 3XS Server teams are on hand to advise and help you select the more cost effective solution for your specific use case.

Intel 3D NAND Technology

Pairing a new Intel developed controller, unique firmware innovations and disruptive capacities with Intel 3D NAND, the cloud inspired SSD DC P4500 series and SSD DC P4600 series have been designed from the ground up to deliver an all-PCIe solution enabling highly efficient storage and caching to help datacentres do more per server, minimise service disruptions and efficiently manage at scale.

Building from the same cloud inspired design as the Intel SSD DC P4500 Series, the new low power SSD DC P4501 series enables energy and space efficient storage solutions to help drive flexibility and cost-reduction into the datacentre environment.

Intel Optane SSD

Based on 3D Xpoint technology, the Intel Optane SSD family delivers an industry leading combination of low latency, high endurance, Quality-of-Service and high throughput, the Intel Optane SSD is the first solution to combine the attributes of memory and storage. This innovative solution is optimized to break through storage bottlenecks by providing a new data tier. It accelerates applications for fast caching and storage, increasing scale per server and reducing transaction cost. Datacentres based on the latest Intel Xeon processors can now also deploy bigger and more affordable datasets to gain new insights from larger memory pools.

3D XPoint™ Technology

Cross Point Structure

Perpendicular wires connect submicroscopic columns. An individual memory cell can be addressed by selecting its top and bottom wire.


3D XPoint™ Technology is non-volotile which means your data doesn’t go away when your power goes away, making it a great choice for storage.

High Endurance

Unlike other storage memory technologies, 3D XPoint™ Technology is not significantly impacted by the number of write cycles it can endure, making it more durable.

XPoint Technology


These thin layers of memory can be stacked to further boost density.


Whereas DRAM requires a transistor at each memory cell, making it big and expensive - the amont of voltage sent to each 3D XPoint Technology selector enables its memory cell to be written to or read without requiring a transistor.

Memory Cell

Each memory cell can store a single bit of data.

Intel® Optane™ SSD Target Applications

Storage / SDS

SDS & SAN Storage caching w/Optane reduce latency & provide mixed workload stability
All Optane SAN for ultimate performance

OSS Database & Cache

Improved responsiveness and scalability with optane performance cache or tier
Optane for memory to increase working set size cost effectively

Commercial Database

Optane logging and Temp DB speeds up infrastructure
Using IMDT to ectend in-memory working set beyond todays limits

Big Data

Emerging analytics platforms take advantage of Optane performance


Extend memory space with Optane SSD for swap or as memory with IMDT
Use NVMe-oF to share Optane performance

Intel® Optane™ SSD Features

Features Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series
Capacity 375GB / 750GB / 1.5TB
AIC 3D Xpoint™
U.2 / 2.5in x 15mm Hot-swap PCIe Gen3 x4 / HHHL (full height bracket option available)
Power (Idle / Active) 5W / 18W
Random 4k R/W
Sequential 4k R/W
550k / 500k IOPS
2400 / 2000 MB/s
Latency 4K R/W
3k QoS 99.999% R/W
< 10 µs
< 150/200 µs, at QD=16
Drive Time-to-Ready < 1s after PCIe reset removal
UBER at End of Life
AES 256 bit encryption
0.44% (2.0 Mhrs)

Intel® Optane™ SSD

• High throughput for breakthrough performance
• Low latency: Responsive, All the time
• Predictably Fast Service: QoS
• Ultra High Endurance

Use Case

• Fast Storage or Cache
• Extended Memory

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. The next-generation “ruler” form factor SSDs using Intel 3D NAND technology will enable up to 1PB in a 1U server. Intel Optane SSD versions will follow in the near future.

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

As part of our storage portfolio, Scan Business will be able to offer Ruler SSD technology and chassis to complement our Deep Learning, AI and HPC portfolios that require the highest performing storage. Keep checking our RULER SSD SECTION to learn more as launches continue throughout 2018.

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