Intel unmasks latest SSD range optimised for enterprises and datacentres

Intel has announced its latest range of solid-state drives (SSDs) designed for use in datacentres and cloud computing by enterprises.

The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series, unveiled at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York, is available in capacities from 80GB to 800GB, in both 2.5in and 1.8in form factors.

The drive features 20nm NAND Flash memory and a SATA 6Gb/s connection, allowing sequential read speeds of up to 500MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 450MB/s. Random read performance is up to 75,000 input-output operations per second.

Additional features include built-in capacitors that provide a small amount of backup power to prevent data loss in a power cut, and 256-bit AES encryption to protect sensitive company data.

“Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment,” said Kim Stevenson, CIO of Intel. “In fact, we are increasing our deployment of Intel SSDs in our data centers from 10,000 units to 40,000 by the end of this year to enable our global design team to help bring products to market faster.”

Prices range from $115 (£73) to $979 (£625), depending on the model. All SSDs come with a five year warranty.