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Make digital transformation happen with the persistent memory

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by Peter Krass on 06/22/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Your customers’ digital transformation projects not only generate a great deal of data, they also produce new data types. That’s for workloads such as AI and machine learning, real-time analytics and advanced business intelligence

These workloads require new hardware and software capabilities. These include the ability to deliver data with real business value (not just information), low latency for vital transactions, and highly parallel processing on large datasets.

And that’s where the Intel Optane Persistent Memory (PMem) 200 Series comes in. Thanks to recent releases, these devices now work with two-socket servers powered by the latest 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Mind the gap

As the following Intel diagram illustrates, Intel Optane PMem aims to fill the gap between memory and storage.

Intel Optane PMem pyramid

Intel Optane PMem offers more capacity and persistence than DRAM. By filling the DRAM gap, this technology can help your customers extract more insights from their large datasets and lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) — all while automatically protecting their data.

Intel Optane PMem can also help your customers get more insights by expanding the memory pool in persistent memory, and by supporting near-real-time data analysis. Even better, these larger datasets can now reside closer to the CPU for faster processing and greater insights.

TCO gains come from the Intel Optane PMem 200 Series’ more affordable approach to keeping large datasets in memory; lower overall costs than comparable DRAM; and the ability to increase VM, user and application density. That last capability will empower your customers to meet important service-level agreements (SLAs) using fewer servers.

Data protection comes with how the Intel Optane PMem 200 Series secures all data at rest with application-transparent AES-256 encryption. This advanced encryption standard should be nearly unbreakable by brute force.

Real world, too

So how does all that work in the real world? Pretty well. According to Intel’s own figures, when the Intel Optane PMem 200 Series is used with VMware software, users enjoy up to 25% lower costs per virtual machine (VM), while still getting the same performance.

Also, the Intel Optane PMem 200 Series is already supported by a long list of ecosystem partners. There are too many to mention, but the list includes OSes from Microsoft and Red Hat, infrastructure from VMware and Hadoop, databases from Oracle and SAP, and AI and analytics from SAS and Spark.

The Intel Optane PMem 200 Series is available in 3 memory modules: 128, 256 and 528 GB. They deliver up to 32% more bandwidth on average than their predecessors, according to Intel. The new line also supports up to 6TB of total memory per socket.

Looking ahead, you can rest assured that Intel is playing the Intel Optane PMem game for the long-term. The company’s roadmap shows at least two new generations of Intel Optane PMem, which will in turn support future generations of Intel Xeon Scalable processors. When it comes to persistent memory, Intel’s got your back — and your customer’s back, too.

Learn more: Achieve greater insight from your data with Intel Optane Persistent Memory (product brief)


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