Recently we spotted an Intel DC P3605 1.6TB SSD on ebay for sale as “new” (listing here.) The drive interestingly enough is not marked as an engineering sample. The drive appears to be a 2.5″ SFF NVMe form factor which is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that they can be hot swapped easily.
Looking at the drive, one can see that it carries an Oracle part number as shown in this blown up shot below:
The Intel DC P3605 SSD series has not been officially announced, so this is a particularly interesting ebay listing. If anyone has more information (perhaps running Exadata in their datacenter with these drives) we would appreciate whatever information you can provide.
We recently saw the Intel DC S3700 and S3500 updated to the DC S3710 and S3510 respectively. As a result, we could be seeing either a refreshed part from Intel in the P3600 mid-range or we could be seeing an Oracle specific/ OEM specific part. Either way, it is always exciting to spot new technology that has not been previously announced.