Intel to Provide Free Remote Access to Cloud-Based Systems Featuring Its Optane SSDs

Omar Sohail
Posted Aug 18, 2016
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Using 3D XPoint memory in its Optane SSDs, Intel has decided that the very first entities that will commence using the company’s storage will be enterprises. Here are more details that we want to share with you.

Intel Believes Its Next Milestone Is Offering Enterprises Cloud-Based Services Using the Company’s Optane SSDs

According to the latest report, Intel will be giving enterprise clients absolutely free remote access to systems equipped that are equipped with Optane SSDs so that they are able to run benchmarks how their software runs with the 3D XPoint based storage. In this way, a trial and error sequence can be created and enterprises can further optimize their software in order to gain better read and write performance.

This current model intended to be employed by Intel is actually a really smart decision. Other companies will definitely find a way to produce solid state drives based on the 3D XPoint memory and they will not be wasting time in offering it to enterprises in order to throw Intel off the market share plate. Using this approach, the tech giant will keep this particular form of storage away from its competitors for a slightly longer period and might even use the limited supply to encourage more enterprises to try out the free service being offered to them. With enterprises relying on cloud-based storage to handle tons of data, the high read and write speeds demonstrated by Intel’s Optane SSDs will be the perfect weapon of choice for them.

Unfortunately, the service will only be beneficial for enterprises as consumers will not be able to find solutions to improve whatever current software they are using. They might run synthetic benchmarks in order to feel that Intel Optane SSDs really provides something different, but it’s a whole new ball when real-world performance metrics have to be taken into consideration.

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The cloud-based Optane testbed will be available by the end of the year, suggesting that we might not be seeing any Optane SSDs this year. It is also possible that to encourage the sale of Optane SSDs for consumers, Intel requests its clients to publicly demonstrate benchmarks using their own software, as that will provide potential customers with a slight bit of evidence on what sort of performance can be achieved.

According to previous benchmarking tests, Optane based memory devices aren’t just for storage, as they will be available in the DIMM format as well. In fact, they will be available for everything from Datacentres to Ultrabooks and while the mainstream niche will most probably be interested in them as a storage memory standard, their versatility enables them to be used in the DIMM format as well for Xeons.

We have also provided images of the benchmarks that were conducted in previous demonstrations so take a look at them and share your thoughts on the approach Intel has taken.

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