Intel has continued its push for solid state drives, launching its new 910 Series datacentre drives with PCIe interface.
Intel is attempting to address the needs of growing trends in cloud computing and virtualisation, and is hoping that the benefits of its new SSDs will have datacentre staff ripping out HDDs straight away in favour of the 910.
400GB and 800GB varieties will be available, offering the standard benefits of an SSD such as increases in performance and endurance with 25 nanometre NAND flash memory.
While consumers may be still be put off by the relatively large price tags of an SSD in mainstream devices, for businesses the cost is likely outweighed by a need for reliability and high performance. Prices are $1,929 for the 400GB version and $3,859 for the 800GB drive.
Intel maintains the devices can prove cost effective with the ability to allow up to 10 full read writes a day for five years, with a thirty-fold endurance improvement over standard MLC-based flash products.
By replacing multiple 15K rpm HDDs in the datacentre, Intel says that it can save on space and power consumption, but also reduce latencies and improve storage scalability.
ThePCIe enabled 910 SSD Intel will expand on previous SATA-based offerings from Intel in the datacentre, such as the 700 SSDs.
In terms of performance, at the top end the 800GB version will reach up to 2 gigabytes per second sequential reads and 1GB/s writes. It will also reach 180,000 4K random read IOPS, and 75,000 4K random write IOPS.
The SSDs will be available from “mid-2012” according to Intel.