Intel Aims New Solid-State Drives at Cloud Computing Datacenters

Intel Announces Data Center S3500 SSD Series with 20nm NAND Flash Memory

by Anton Shilov
06/11/2013 | 12:58 PM

Intel Corp. on Tuesday announced its new solid-state drive DC S3500 series, the latest solid-state drive (SSD) for data centers and cloud computing. The new SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications such as web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization.


Intel SSD DC S3500 series is based on latest multi-level cell NAND flash memory as well as custom controller and firmware. The drives use Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface and deliver sequential read speeds of up to 500MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 450MB/s and a tight distribution of input/outputs per second with low maximum latencies. Random read performance can go up to 75000 input-output operations per second.

The Intel SSD DC S3500 family naturally includes data protection features to address IT and data center professional's concerns of data loss. Built-in capacitors provide a short period of backup power to the drive allowing it to finish operations in the event of power loss. The drives also use 256-bit AES encryption for data protection.

The new SSDs will be offered in capacities ranging from 80GB to 800GB and both 2.5” and 1.8” form-factors. Available through Intel distributors and resellers, the Intel DC S3500 series is offered at the suggested channel price of $115 for a 1.8” 80GB drive and $979 for a 2.5” 800GB drive. It is also accompanied by a 5-year warranty.

"The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series breaks through barriers – like the need for high throughput/low latency storage with a low total cost of ownership – to deliver the storage solution that meets the needs of the cloud, and its demand for storage, which has exploded in recent years. Intel's data center family of SSDs helps make cloud computing faster and more reliable, enabling more transactions and richer experiences," said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general manager for the non-volatile memory solutions group.

Intel SSDs, including the Intel SSD DC S3500 series, enable transformational improvements in cloud infrastructure, fostering new and enriching web experiences. End customers experience quicker web page loads and improved response times as a result of improved data access times and reduced latency. IT managers and cloud developers are rewarded with improved total cost of ownership as a result of reduced power consumption, more consistent performance and smaller space requirements.

More than half of U.S. businesses now employ cloud computing applications, and IDC predicts that worldwide spending on cloud services will reach $44.2 billion this year. Data centers powering these cloud applications need to quickly, efficiently and reliably scale to handle the tremendous growth of connected users and data traffic.