One drive to rule them. Intel's new look for petabyte drives

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2017 - 01:11 PM |
Tagged: Intel, ssd, petabyte, sata, M.2, ruler, Optane

Intel is increasing the storage density of SSDs with a brand new form factor which gets rid of the empty space that takes up the majority of a 2.5" SSD.  The new ruler format will fit up to a petabyte in a volume small enough to fit in a 1U rack space.  This is significantly smaller than the volume it would currently occupy in a server rack, and helps reduce the number of connections required.  If you used the the current 60TB monster from Seagate, you would still need 17 of the 3.5" drives to hit a single petabyte; not something which will fit into a single 1U rack.  The Inquirer wasn't given a launch date nor a price but we can assume this drive will not meet Ryan's approved price per gigabyte.

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"Although new formats are emerging all the time, this one seems particularly timely, coming as it does at a time when we have far exceeded the need for an SSD to take up even a standard 2.5-inch space, most of which is air."

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August 8, 2017 | 04:11 PM - Posted by remc86007

I'd like to see some 2,4,6, and 8 TB SSDs in the 3.5-inch formfactor.

August 8, 2017 | 07:27 PM - Posted by Keith R. (not verified)

3.5" SSDs exist aplenty on the server side. The reason consumers don't see many of them is, as this article mentions, the boards inside 2.5" SSDs aren't pushing into internal volume limits on that form factor.

Al can correct me if I'm wrong, but you're more limited by how much NAND the controller can address, so it's not as easy as stringing more pieces down the PCB to increase capacity.

The other reason is probably so manufacturers and retailers only have to carry the SKUs for one physical size SATA drive, as 2.5" fits in both laptops and desktops.

August 8, 2017 | 06:19 PM - Posted by odizzido2 (not verified)

Do intel drives still deliberately brick themselves?

August 8, 2017 | 06:39 PM - Posted by DatSomeBigStick (not verified)

Speaking of bricks, how many gold bricks do you think Intel will charge for that Long-John bank buster! And what about any cooling? I do not see the outside covered in fins so how is that cooling solution going to look.

August 8, 2017 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Sal (not verified)

1. They will charge 1 gold brick.

August 9, 2017 | 02:04 AM - Posted by Lucidor

Are the density advantages really worth having a single failure point for over $500 000 worth of storage? I suppose if you're so big you order custom CPUs from Intel, you probably also have Intel SSD service techs in all your data centers and that becomes a non-issue.

August 9, 2017 | 04:23 AM - Posted by James

Perhaps it is a bunch of smaller devices connected to a backplane. Putting that much memory on a single board does seem like a bad idea.

August 9, 2017 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Dusty

You can see the 1U server in this photo, and how those gum sticks slide in from the front.

August 10, 2017 | 01:11 AM - Posted by Lucidor

Oh, nevermind, it's 1PB in a 1U chassis full of them, not 1PB in each ruler.

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