Intel's new Optane SSDs (more powerful using 3D XPoint)

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Intel and Micron Technology have been working on a new-generation memory technology since about 2012. It's called 3D XPoint (not to be confused with 3D NAND), and it's absurdly fast. A good way to think of it is as a compromise between the speed of DRAM and the capacity of traditional flash storage. Unlike RAM, 3D XPoint is non-volatile (doesn't lose what it's storing when the power is off), and it's about four times denser. It's more expensive per gigabyte than NAND flash — the current technology inside SSDs — but it's faster in nearly every possible way, especially when it comes to latency and reading / writing small bits of data.
Full story: http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/20/15375828/intel-optane-3d-xpoint-ssd-reviews

What do you guys think, will it create a storm to the pricing of existing SSDs or not ?
Any other view?
 

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I think for most people the standard ssd is going to stick for a while, especially since they are slowing still increasing capacities and pricing is dropping accordingly. For intense I/O DB servers these octane drives could certainly make a difference though.
 

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Full story: http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/20/15375828/intel-optane-3d-xpoint-ssd-reviews

What do you guys think, will it create a storm to the pricing of existing SSDs or not ?
Any other view?
It won't have a near term impact on consumer, small business and datacenter flash markets simply due to the cost per GB.

I am sure there will be enterprise clients purchasing the gear, however it would only be for select work loads as rolling out Optanes across their gear wouldn't make sense and would be extremely costly.
 

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Perhaps the major cloud providers like DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, etc would use these new storage devices. Who knows?
 

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Honestly, it is highly unlikely you will see any of them using the Optane SSD's in the near term or even in the long term.

The Optane SSD's are not only extremely expensive, but they are designed to used in work loads where latency is extremely important, such as with a database cluster. In a public cloud offering (ie. DO, Vultr, etc.) storage latency is important, however keeping the storage costs under control would be of the utmost importance. Adding Optane SSD's to their storage array would skyrocket their storage costs and would almost certainly destroy their pricing models many times over...the public cloud market pricing (race to the bottom) could never sustain such a roll out unless it was under a new, much more expensive model.

Now you will likely see more providers like OVH offering them to their dedicated server clients for use on their DB clusters, however it is highly unlikely you will see them using the Optane SSD's in their own VPS or Public Cloud offering.

NVMe's are the next stage in flash storage for cloud providers, Optane SSD's may be the step after in the years to come (when the price come flying down).
 
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