Intel just launched six new SSDs based on 3D NAND. One of the SSDs, the Intel DC P3520 we first heard was launched in March this year. Of the new SSDs, two of the six are SATA SSDs which speaks volumes as to where the market is moving. Only the Intel DC S3520 and the IoT focused Intel E 5420s SSDs are SATA. The two new client SSDs (Intel 600p and 6000p) are both PCIe which makes sense. The client market is dominated by notebook sales and there are generally single drive deployments. In the data center, the Intel S3500 and S3510 drives have been extremely popular. By transitioning these drives to 3D NAND, Intel is able to lower the cost of SSD storage making it even more competitive against lower capacity 2.5″ 10K / 15K RPM hard drives in terms of price/ performance.
Here is the Intel PR excerpt on the new drives:
- Intel SSD 600p Series is designed for the consumer client market for use in desktops and notebooks. SSD 600p Series brings PCIe* performance to mainstream price points while delivering exceptional performance that far exceeds traditional hard drives. SSD 600p Series uses a PCIe Gen3 x4, NVMe interface to deliver 17x the performance over HDD and up to 3x the performance of SATA SSDs.
- Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series is aimed at the business client market for use in business notebooks and desktops. Power-efficient performance aligned with the current and future generation Intel Core vPro-based devices delivers enterprise-ready security and manageability features for IT administrators and corporate end-users. Pro 6000p Series utilizes PCIe for performance and is built with the highest quality and reliability standards, resulting in lower total cost of ownership.
- Intel SSD DC P3520 Series builds on Intel’s portfolio of data center PCIe SSDs and has been optimized for cost-effective performance. SSD DC P3520 Series is well-suited for read-intensive applications in cloud computing environments, such as storage virtualization and web hosting. Intel PCIe SSDs with 3D NAND technology are an affordable option when deploying multiple NVMe-enabled storage arrays that need to process large sets of data.
- Intel SSD DC S3520 Series balances cost and performance for the data center and delivers significant latency and throughput improvements over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) in the data center. SSD DC S3520 Series is ideal for those making the initial transition to SATA SSDs from HDDs.
Internet of Things
- Intel SSD E 6000p Series can be used use with the current and future generation Intel Core vPro processors to offer added security and manageability features for IoT applications, such as point-of-sale devices and digital signage. SSD E 6000p Series uses PCIe and comes in the M.2 form factor for added flexibility.
- Intel SSD E 5420s Series provides additional data protection, helping to ensure data will be reliably read or written, even during moments of power loss, for complete confidence. SSD E 5420s Series utilizes SATA to improve performance over traditional HDDs in IoT applications.