Redefining Memory and Storage for Exponential Advances

Completing the hierarchy with data-centric improvements and innovations.

The memory storage subsystem is the supply chain for all data. Completing the hierarchy improves systems performance and efficiency.

Products That Redefine the Memory and Storage Hierarchy

Memory and storage are like real estate in a thriving urban core. The closer memory is to the CPU, the more expensive and limited in capacity it is. This memory—often DRAM—also lacks permanence. Should a CPU lose power, the memory within will “forget” the data it holds.

With Intel® Optane™ persistent memory, we’ve invented an entirely new class of nonvolatile memory. It delivers a unique combination of affordable large capacity and support for data persistence, ideal for the in-memory databases associated with AI workloads and high performance computing (HPC). In the realm of storage, we’re driving affordable, high-performing solutions that help overcome bottlenecks with Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSDs.

Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory

A memory that never forgets. Our Intel® Optane™ media on a memory module—fast, affordable, and persistent—has come to the data center.

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Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Incredible Intel® Optane™ media performance in storage form to reduce bottlenecks in all applications.

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Intel® 3D NAND SSDs

Intel is changing the economics of storage with the highest areal density 3D NAND technology.

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Intel® Optane™ Memory

A system acceleration solution for clients based on Intel® Optane™ media and the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) driver.

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Intel® Memory Drive Technology

This software product can be used with Intel® Optane™ SSDs to boost performance even higher.

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Platform Integration to Optimize Performance

Memory and storage play a critical role in the supply of data to the CPU. The better this supply chain works, the more smoothly the system runs.

As we develop new memory and storage technologies, we integrate them tightly into our other platform components. For example, Intel® Optane™ persistent memory was codesigned to work optimally with our CPUs. From creating new protocols on the memory bus to making changes inside the core and BIOS, our high level of platform integration helps ensure reliability, performance, and security.

Rearchitecting the memory storage hierarchy means rethinking the entire platform, from inside the CPU to the platform components and software.

Form Factor Design

Form factor design innovation for better platforms—introducing the “ruler” SSD.

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Non-Volatile Memory Express

NVMe* is an industry interconnect protocol designed just for high-speed storage media.

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Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

The latest Intel® Xeon® platforms were designed for Intel® Optane™ persistent memory.

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Making It Real with Ecosystem Enablement

Hardware innovations become revolutionary only when developers and architects can understand how to get the most value from them. Realizing that our new approach to memory would fundamentally change infrastructure and software design, we worked with the ecosystem for roughly five years before launching Intel® Optane™ persistent memory.

Intel worked with major software, hypervisor, and middleware providers like VMware to recode platforms to take advantage of persistent memory. We also launched an open, industry-wide persistent memory programming model, as well as the Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory Development Kit and other tools, to further enable developers.

Developer Resources for Memory

At the Intel® Developer Zone (Intel® DZ), you can explore persistent memory use cases and find resources for developing solutions with Intel® Optane™ persistent memory.

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Software Developer Tools for Storage

Learn how Intel has worked with the open source community to optimize and secure storage infrastructure and how you can use the Intel® Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library and the Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK) to deliver a fast, space-efficient, and secure storage solution.

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Six Pillars of Technology Innovation for the Next Era of Computing

Intel is innovating across six pillars of technology development to unleash the power of data for the industry and our customers.


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