Intel Corp., a Santa Clara, California-based technology company, has recently introduced its Optane DC Persistent Memory, in a new category lineup that sits right in between the DRAM and Solid State Drives. This new category of memory line-up is Intel’s solution to provide an economical way to boost memory in data centers along with the added advantage of sped-up performance for databases and other data-intensive applications.
Intel claims its new memory technology (Optane DC Persistent Memory) that sits between DRAM on servers and solid state drives (SSDs), is as capable as the conventional DRAM when it comes to performance at a much lower cost.
The Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, which has already been rolled out and is readily available in the market, isn’t a replacement for DRAM, but what it is, is an augmentation that enables enterprises and cloud service providers to bring in larger amounts of data into the memory and closer to the CPU, i.e. on-premises solution that provides users with much faster access to the data they need, Intel adds.
Speaking at last week’s Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco, Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s data center group, said, “One of the biggest problems the industry has faced for decades is the problem where DRAM doesn’t support the capacity that application developers need. It doesn’t allow for persistence where the data continues to be stored when the power goes out, and NAND doesn’t provide the speed that the data-centric world we live in today demands.”