How Intel® Optane™ Memory Technology Can Help Your Business Build a Better Infrastructure

This groundbreaking memory technology enables organisations to unlock the potential of their data.

The amount of data created by businesses across all sectors is growing at an unprecedented rate. Data is an essential asset that enables organisations to thrive in the digital era, but current storage technologies may be holding them back. Outdated system architecture needs to be overhauled, not only to enable businesses to store data, but also to allow them to analyse it effectively. But there is a significant technology gap in current storage systems.

The main problem is that current storage devices respond relatively slowly to the processor's data requests, causing it to work at a fraction of its potential. In order to eliminate this bottleneck, the infrastructure requires memory that is fast, dense, and non-volatile. While DRAM is fast, it is far too expensive to scale. It's also volatile and unlike many silicon components, DRAM density isn't doubling every two years. The alternative, NAND Flash memory, is dense, non-volatile and can be scaled cost-effectively, but it is much slower than DRAM.

"Intel® Optane™ memory technology is arguably the biggest breakthrough in memory technology for decades, combining the attributes of both memory and storage"

Designed to plug the technology gap between the two, Intel® Optane™ memory technology is arguably the biggest breakthrough in memory technology for decades, combining the attributes of both memory and storage. The smart and adaptable technology breaks the confines of traditional storage to significantly increase scale per server and accelerate applications. This means that it's ideal for all devices and applications that require fast access to large sets of data.

Intel® Optane™ technology is a unique combination of 3D XPoint™ memory media, Intel Memory and Storage Controllers, Intel Interconnect IP and Intel® software. Together, these building blocks deliver a revolutionary leap forward in boosting computing response times when large capacity storage is needed. The Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X is specifically designed for the data centre, bringing with it a wide range of benefits for businesses looking to update ageing IT infrastructure.

One of the most significant benefits is low latency. With a new data storage tier created by Intel® Optane™ technology, data centres can achieve response times that are up to 40x times faster under workload1. Faster application performance is another major benefit, with Optane technology offering 5-8x faster performance at low queue depth workloads, which is where the vast majority of applications generate storage workloads.

What's more, as data centres need to be able to offer predictably fast service, Intel® Optane™ is designed to minimise the time it takes to access data. This means that insights can be gained more quickly, leading to more rapid decision making. And because Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X is specifically designed for high-write environments, such as online transaction processing, it's highly durable, making it a cost-effective option for IT managers.

This game-changing technology also enables data centres to deal with bigger and more affordable datasets in order to gain new business insights from large memory pools. When combined with an Intel® Optane™ SSD, Intel® Memory Drive Technology software can be used to extend system memory transparently. Not only does this grow the memory pool beyond DRAM capacities when large system memory is required, it also displaces a portion of DRAM to reduce overall memory cost. The ability to work with bigger datasets has the potential to transform business operations and can also help to drive innovation based on emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Businesses that are transforming their operations for the digital era should consider overhauling their existing IT infrastructure in order to unlock the potential of their data, and Intel® Optane™ memory technology can help them to do it. Not only does this disruptive memory technology offer a wide range of operational IT boosts, it can also cut the overall cost of running a date centre.

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