Intel introduces Optane DC persistent memory for optimized datacenter usage

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Optane DC persistent memory

Intel has unveiled a new class of memory and storage technology called Optane DC persistent memory, designed specifically for data center operators.

Optane DC persistent memory

The technology can support massive storage needs of hyperscale data centers. Intel said that its new technology will offer higher memory capacities per module as compared to traditional DRAM (dynamic RAM). The aim behind the Optane DC persistent memory is to help organizations extract more value from data.

It will move and maintain the large amount of data closer to the processor, to optimize workloads, and minimize the latency of data from system storage.

Intel’s persistent memory will enable large-capacity in-memory database solutions, increase system uptime, provide faster recovery after power cycles, and speed up the virtual machine storage.

It is a cost-effective technology for developers adapting software, at the same time providing a combination of high-capacity, affordability and persistence.

“These benefits will have a significant impact on real-world data center operations. For example, for planned restarts of a NoSQL in-memory database using Aerospike Hybrid Memory Architecture, Intel Optane DC persistent memory provides a minutes-to-seconds restart speedup compared to DRAM-only cold restart,” wrote Lisa Spelman, VP and general manager, Xeon products and data center marketing, Intel, in a blog post.

When integrated with Intel Optane SSDs and 3D NAND SSDs, the Optane DC persistent memory can further provide storage efficiency to warm data as an alternative to HDDs.

Optane DC persistent memory

“As technologies like Intel Optane DC persistent memory come to market, systems architects and developers should consider new methods for data access and storage, and uncover opportunities to remove throughput bottlenecks,” added Spelman.

The Intel Optane DC persistent memory will be available in capacities up to 512GB per module. It will be shipped to selected customers later this year before general availability in 2019.

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Intel will provide remote early access to the developers for software development and testing through its Builders Construction Zone program.

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