According to Blocks & Files, at the Memory and Storage Moment briefing, an Intel spokesman said the difference in the cost of ownership of SSDs and HDDs would be erased in two years. This means that hard drives are no longer needed to store fast-access data arrays. HDDs will still outperform SSDs in terms of low storage costs per gigabyte of data, but they will no longer be of interest to the corporate market as a competitive product.
For Intel, whose SSDs aren’t very cheap, this is a sensational statement. But this claim rests on two solid foundations. First, Intel, like other flash memory manufacturers, plans to launch an even denser 3D NAND that writes five bits of data to each cell. Secondly, from 2025, the company’s memory production will be completely transferred to the South Korean company SK Hynix, and the reduction in prices for flash memory will become someone else’s headache.
As Intel Core Team Leader Rob Crooke said at the briefing: “We are on the right track to replace hard drives.”… For example, E1.L series drives in a 1U rack enclosure will provide 1PB of storage capacity. They will consume less energy than HDDs and provide other benefits, which will equal the cost of ownership of platter drives and drives on flash memory chips.
Also presented at the briefing were three new SSDs in three drive families: SSD 670p on 3D NAND QLC for client systems, D7-5510 on 3D NAND TLC for data centers, and D5-P5316 on 144-layer 3D NAND QLC. which was one of the first implementations of a 144-layer 3D NAND SSD. The D7-5510 comes in 3.4 and 7.68 TB capacities in the 2.5-inch U.2 form factor, while the D5-P5316 drives are available in 15.36 TB and 30.72 TB capacities in the U.2 and E1.L form factors. They are also endowed with the most modern PCIe Gen 4.0 interface, which will definitely add speed to them.
The D5-P5316 will offer 1 PB in a rack enclosure, and 40 PB in the entire rack. Thus, Intel confirms by deed that it can oust HDD from the market of mass storage for data centers. I wonder what other flash memory manufacturers have to say about that?
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