Intel to take on Samsung with new SSD

Intel is set to take on Samsung with its latest solid-state drive (SSD) for data centers and cloud computing.

Intel says its Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series, its latest SSD, is designed for read-intensive applications such as Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization.

The price of the new SSDs is $115 for a 1.8-inch 80GB drive and $979 for a 2.5-inch 800GB drive.

Research agency IDC expects worldwide SSD shipments to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51.5 percent from 2010 to 2015. Pricing remains a key metric for SSD adoption in both the client and enterprise markets. IDC expects client SSD prices will fall below $1 per gigabyte in the second half of 2012, which will boost adoption in the PC market.

The chip major claims that Intel DC S3500 Series is an ideal replacement for traditional hard disk drives (HDD), allowing data centers to save significant costs by moving toward an all-SSD storage model.

IDC, in a research note in April 2013, said the use of solid state storage (SSS) in conjunction with solid state drives (SSDs) will play an important role in transforming performance as well as use cases for enterprise application data. IDC’s first-ever all-SSS array market forecast predicts $1.2 billion in revenues by 2015.

Samsung recently said its new SSD offers performance gain of 6 times and energy savings of 30 percent over other hard disk drives when clubbed data centers’ enterprise servers with SM843T SSDs. Samsung’s new SSD can be used in servers and storage in data centers including Big Data systems.

According to research agency HIS, the SSD market is expected to reach approximately $10 billion in 2013, up 43 percent. The growth will be led by sales of enterprise SSDs which it expects will account for approximately 47 percent of the market in 2013.

Intel SSDs, including Intel SSD DC S3500 Series, enable 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 dramatically 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.

Intel says 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.

“Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment,” said Kim Stevenson, chief information officer at Intel.

Intel is increasing its deployment of Intel SSDs in its data centers from 10,000 units to 40,000 by the end of this year to enable its global design team to help bring products to market faster.

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