If you’re in the market to get an SSD the recently announced Intel ‘Ruler’ SSD DC P4500 will definitely stop you in your tracks (and even make you do a double-take).
Shaped like an actual ruler, this bizarre looking SSD does do one thing extremely right: it fits 32 TB using just 5% of the space that a regular hard disk would take up. Furthermore, it only consumes a tenth of the power a regular hard disk would and also brags about needing 50% less airflow than a usual, rectangular SSD.
To put it into perspective for sysadmins out there, you could line up side by side 32 of these ‘Ruler’ SSDs in a single server slot.
Of course, this is not an offering for consumers but a business solution, hence the unusual yet efficient form factor. It’s already been adopted by “some of the world’s biggest data companies – IBM, Microsoft and Tencent” for their cloud and data center operations. With so much power in such a narrow shape, we’d also see it working great in a gaming setup but, no doubt about it, the price is not gonna be consumer-friendly in the near future.
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