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Intel Data Center SSD

Intel Data Center SSD

When Intel released the X25-M 2.5” SSD back in 2008, they revolutionized the storage market and created an entirely new segment of product that generated growth opportunities across the entire computer industry. Today, Solid State Drives are utilized in a wide range of applications including general purpose computing, gaming, workstations, data center, storage, and a growing number of verticals. Intel’s leadership in continuing to introduce new technologies that include PCIe SSD, high capacity QLC NAND, Optane Memory, and unique form factors such as M.2, U.2, and E1 (Ruler) have ensured the expansion of the product category for all resellers.

Intel’s family of Solid State Drives are positioned in two categories including Data Center and Client, where they offer a range of solutions that are tailored for each market. Intel’s product mix of SSDs are designed to deliver performance, reliability, endurance, and capacity to all segments.
 

Why Intel Solid State Drives - Value Proposition

Manufacturing
  • NAND - Own Factories manufacturing Flash since 1986 as well as first to produce PCIe QLC product
  • Controller - Own Silicon for SSD controllers
  • Firmware - Develop own firmware for all Intel SSD products
Quality
  • Reliability - High standard across all products
  • Testing - Conducted over 5,000 unique tests on over 1,000 configurations
  • Endurance - 60 DWPD on Optane
  • Validation - Platform alignment and co-validation
  • Warranty - 5 Years
Innovation
  • 3D NAND
  • QLC NAND
  • Optane Memory
  • NVMe/PCIe Transition leadership
  • M.2 and U.2 Form Factor Introduction and transition leadership
  • E1 (Ruler) Standardization and development
Support
  • Tools - SSD DC, TCO, and Endurance Tools
  • Software - RSTe / VROC, SPDK, and CAS (Cache Acceleration Software)

 

Intel Data Center Solid State Drives

Intel categorizes their Data Center drives which are designed for performance, endurance, and capacity in four groups, which include D1 for the value segment, D3 for legacy drives, D5 for capacity optimized applications, and D7 which are engineered for high-end mixed workloads and higher endurance.
 

Intel Part Number Structure for Data Center SSD

Intel follows the below structure for their naming guidance for data center SSD. As an example the Intel DC-4801X is defined as follows.

DC = Intel Optane Technology
P = PCIe
4 = 4th Generation Controller
8 = Very High Endurance 60 DWPD
0 = 1st Media on controller
1 = Low Power
X = Intel Optane Technology
 

Intel D7 Series SSD

Intel’s D7 series of Solid State Drives are built specifically to accommodate cloud and data center workloads. Utilizing 64 layer TLC NAND and PCIe/NVMe interface for greater bandwidth, Intel’s D7 series of SSD deliver high performance and greater endurance. Improved QoS is ensured with an intelligent firmware algorithm that helps to keep data reads and writes at an optimum balance to improve storage efficiency, enabling data centers to do more per server. Other features include TCG Opal 2.0 and built-in AES-XTX 256 bit encryption, which is required by some secure platforms.

Features at-a-Glance P4610 P4618 P4510 P4511 P4501
Capacity 1.6 TB, 3.2 TB, 6.4 TB, and 7.68 TB 6.4 TB 1,2,4,8TB 1, 2 TB 500GB, 1, 2, 4 TB
128k Sequential Read/Write  Up to 3200/3200 MB/s Up to 6650/5350 MB/s Up to 3200/3000 MB/s Up to 1950/1000 MB/s Up to 3100/860 MB/s
Random 4KB R/W: Up to 654K/220K IOPs Up to 1210K/484.5K IOPs Up to 637,000/139,000 IOPS Up to 295,000/31,000 IOPS Up to 361,000/46,700 IOPS
Interface PCIe* 3.1 x4 PCIe* 3.1 x8  PCIe* 3.1 x4 PCIe* 3.1 x4 PCIe* 3.1 x4
Form Factor U.2 2.5in x 15mm HHHL Add-in Card U.2 2.5in x 15mm  M.2 22x110mm  2.5 in x 7mm
Media Intel® 3D 64-layer TLC Intel® 3D 64-layer TLC Intel® 3D 64-layer TLC Intel® 3D 64-layer TLC Intel® 3D 64-layer TLC
Endurance Up to 3 DWPD Up to 3 DWPD Up to 3 DWPD Up to 3 DWPD Up to 4.99 PBW 
Power7 Up to 15 Watt Up to 29 Watt Up to 16 watt Up to 7.6 Watt  Up to 12.5 Watt
Warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty

Intel D5 Series SSD

The Intel D5 series of SSDs deliver large, affordable, and reliable storage to the warm data tier. As the first PCIe SSD to utilize Intel QLC NAND, the D5 series are optimized for mixed storage workloads found in the data center. The D5 also is home to the revolutionary P4326, which introduces the E.1L (Ruler), a new form factor to the storage market that starts with capacities of 15.36TB.

Features at-a-Glance P4320 P4326 P4420 
Capacity 7.68 TB 15.36TB 7.68 TB
128k Sequential Read/Write  Up to 3200/1000 MB/s Up to 3200/1600 MB/s Up to 3200/1000 MB/s
Random 4KB R/W: Up to 427K/36K IOPs Up to 580K/11K IOPs Up to 427K/36K IOPS
Interface PCIe* 3.1 x4 PCIe* 3.1 x4  PCIe* 3.1 x4
Form Factor U.2 2.5in x 15mm U.2 2.5in x 15mm and E.1L (Ruler) U.2 2.5in x 15mm 
Media Intel® 3D QLC Intel® 3D QLC Intel® 3D 64-Layer QLC
Endurance Up to 2.8 PBW  Up to 5 PBW  Up to 5.6 PBW
Power7 Up to 15 Watt Up to 20 Watt Up to 15 watt
Warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty

Intel D3 Series SSD

The Intel D3 series SSDs are built for compatibility in legacy infrastructures by minimizing the cost associated with modernizing a data center. Available in a range of capacities and in a standard 2.5” form factor consuming 6x lower power and cooling, these SATA based SSDs can store up to 3.2x more data in the same space as comparable HDDs.

Features at-a-Glance S4610 S4510
Capacity 960GB, 3.84TB 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1.9TB, 3.84TB
128k Sequential Read/Write  Up to 560/510 MB/s Up to 560/510 MB/s
Random 4KB R/W: Up to 96K/42K IOPs Up to 97K/32K IOPs
Interface SATA 3.0 SATA 3.0
Form Factor 2.5 in x 7mm 2.5 in x 7mm
Media Intel® 3D TLC Intel® 3D TLC
Endurance Up to 22 PBW  Up to 13.1 PBW 
Power7 Up to 3.7 Watt Up to 3.6 Watt
Warranty 5-year limited warranty 5-year limited warranty