Intel isn’t yet shipping its Optane SSDs, but they soon will be available for testing in the cloud.
This is good news for enterprise users, who are eagerly awaiting the new class of storage and memory shown to break SSD speed records.
Optane is based on 3D Xpoint technology, which is 10 times faster than the technology in standard SSDs. It also can serve as a substitute to traditional DRAM, but software needs to be written so parts of Optane operate like memory tiers.
Optane SSDs will be available at the end of the year to enterprises and gamers. Unfortunately for gamers, the cloud-based Optane test bed will be accessible for free only to enterprise users looking to test applications tied to financial transactions, machine learning, autonomous driving and other uses, Intel said.