Ready for the Enterprise?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-08-19 Print this article Print

"Not all SSDs are created equal. We've actually been disappointed with the current level of performance on SSDs [currently in the market]," Intel Product Manager Troy Winslow told me. "We've been working on these for a long time; Intel has a deep understanding of solid state. These new SSDs that we're announcing today are really setting the bar high for performance-oriented [SSD SATA] solutions, whether they be nonvolatile memory caching or solid-state solutions.

"They bridge the gap that currently exists between the memory and the CPU."

All the new processors feature MLC (multilevel cell) and SLC (single-level cell) storage.

The new SSD product line, designed for embedding into laptops, handheld devices and servers, comprises the following:

-Servers: Intel High Performance SATA Drive (1.8-inch and 2.5-inch); available in capacities of 32GB through 160GB (both MLC and SLC); targeting client and server/storage markets. Intel is now sampling 32GB SLC and 80GB MLC SSDs; MLCs will become generally available in September, SLCs in November.

-Notebooks and desktops: Intel Turbo Memory (cache) for application acceleration; enables direct control of which applications to accelerate; user pinning feature allows the choice of which applications or files are stored in nonvolatile memory.

-Embedded servers: Intel Z-U130 (for USB).

-Embedded MIDs (mobile information devices): Intel Z-U140 (PATA PoP).

-Network notebooks and desktops: Intel Z-P230 (PATA module): Features standard IDE interface; available in 4GB and 8GB capacities; 16GB will be available in September. Read/write access: up to 35/7MB per second.

The big news for IT managers, however, involves the high-performance SATA drive SSDs.

"CPU performance has been primarily driven by advances in our core architecture and multicore architecture, and has increased about 175-fold over the last 12 years, whereas hard-drive performance has only increased 30 percent," Winslow said.

"In essence, the CPU is starved for memory. So we've been taking our time and developing two types of SSDs: for the enterprise, and for client notebooks and PCs. We've raised the bar very high here [with the 32GB to 160GB SSDs]."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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