This past September, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) announced that it had begun shipping X-18M and X-25M Mainstream SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) solid-state drives (SSDs) for laptop and desktop computers. The drives are based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology, and Intel believes that its combination of flash memory design and processor and computing experience places it in a unique position to fully deliver on the promises of SSD computing.
Building on that, Intel just last week began shipping X25-E Extreme SATA SSD drives that feature 50-nanometer single-level cell NAND flash memory technology.
Is Intel's entry into the SSD a game changer for corporate IT, or is Intel simply another addition to an already crowded playing field of SSD providers, which includes dozens of vendors and more on the way?
"We see SSDs as the future of storage, but we don't see them as a 100 percent replacement for HDDs [hard disk drives]," said Troy Winslow, Intel NAND Marketing Manager. "What we do know is that IT managers are already dealing with caps on power in the data center, and that there are areas of opportunity where SSDs are uniquely compelling."
Intel says its SSDs deliver value to data center green initiatives because they consume less power while also delivering higher performance. "If you can do more with less by reducing the number of data center components, power and space, you have a strong argument for lower total cost of ownership," said Winslow.