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Intel Optane DC 4800X May Revolutionize Server Market With New Kind Of Memory

Mar 20, 2017 07:13 PM EDT

Intel Optane DC 4800X
(Photo : Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) DC 4800X blurs the line between RAM and solid state storage

Intel Optane Storage technology has been termed as revolutionary by a number of experts. With the launch of the first real Optane component, the DC P4800X, this fact has received its first major confirmation of becoming a high-performance SSD.

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According to Digital Trends, currently, the Intel Optane DC P4800X drives are being made keeping enterprise usage in mind. The biggest facility that the data centers can get from this high-performance SSD is the handling of more number of data without using a dedicated RAM. Experts are of the opinion that the technology has the potential of reducing "latency" and achieving higher speeds similar to RAM.

Reportedly, the Intel Optane DC P4800X is a device somewhere between a RAM and a high-end SSD when it comes to reading, writing and latency. Its non-volatile feature makes it capable of retaining data even after the power is unavailable. It is also capable of producing high speeds and low latency, even better than the NVMe drives. It is also more durable than the NAND-based SSD's, subject to extensive testing.

According to Hot Hardware, the Intel Optane DC P4800X makes defragmentation more efficient, thus increasing spare space by which the random write performance of a NAND-based SSD can be improved. Throughout the life of the drive, some spare space is used to store ECC and metadata in order to maintain low error rates. Thus, no performance can be gained by over-provisioning of the drive.

Generally in NAND based SSD's, data that comes in to be read leverages only a single channel. Intel Optane DC P4800X results in high realized performance, as the aggregate performance of multiple channels and dies. This eventually results in low latency. There is also no need of performing operations leading to defragmented operations. The Optane DC P4800X drive also can be used as a memory with the use of Intel's Rapid Storage Technology software.

The experts are of the opinion that if the new technology of Intel Optane DC P4800X can be used properly, there will be no need for using RAM in future computers. Instead, there will only remain one single point where both long term and short term memory will be allocated. All of these, however, depends on the fact how the Optane DC P4800X works.