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What is Intel Optane Memory?

Posted by Timothy Platt on Apr 2, 2017


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What is Intel Optane Memory?

Intel Optane Memory is a new type of NAND based storage technology. It’s significantly faster than traditional Solid State Drive (SSD) technology and approaches RAM speeds, yet still provides large storage capacities.

What Are The Benefits?

Intel describes it as an “system acceleration solution”. Optane memory combines speed with large storage capacity. It’s also non-volatile – meaning it’s long-term storage that retains it’s contents, after being powered down.

How Can I Use Intel Optane Memory?

The Optane Memory Module is a device that will need to be installed inside a compatible machine. You’ll need an Intel 7th generation Core compatible processor (also known as “Kaby Lake” processors), and motherboard. This technology will be available for two specific purposes. Firstly, a small capacity version, described as a “Memory Module” and available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is envisioned as providing super-fast caching in front of more traditional storage (such as a spinning hard disk or SATA based SSD). Secondly, there are “enterprise SSD” products that provide for very large quantities of this storage – these would be ideal for high-performance database servers and other intensive processing.

How Can I Find Out More about Intel Optane Memory?

Intel’s website has a lot of information on this new product.

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