Does Your Business Need Extra Headspace? Meet Intel® Optane™ Technology

Find out how Intel’s groundbreaking memory technology can offer significant boosts in performance and cut infrastructure costs.

Key Takeaways

  • Data is an essential resource for financial businesses in the digital era, but existing memory technology can be an obstacle.

  • That’s why Intel® Optane™ memory technology was developed — to fill the technology gap between DRAM and NAND memory.

  • From data centre to desktop, Intel® Optane™ memory offers significant yet cost-effective boosts in performance for businesses of all sizes.



Data is an essential resource in the digital era and the ability to process it effectively is vital. The ever-increasing amount of data that is generated by businesses in the Financial Services Industry (FSI) enables them to thrive, but legacy infrastructure and ageing memory technology can present a major obstacle. Processors are only able to work at a fraction of their full potential as current storage devices respond too slowly to their ever-increasing data requests. To address this data bottleneck, modern IT infrastructure requires memory that is both fast and dense. It must also be non-volatile so that data is saved when a computer is turned off or unexpectedly loses power.

The current standard, DRAM, may be fast, but it’s also volatile and too expensive to scale. What’s more, unlike many silicon components, DRAM density isn’t doubling every two years. The main alternative to DRAM is NAND Flash memory, found in today’s SSDs, which has the advantage of being non-volatile and dense so that it can be scaled cost-effectively. However, it is much slower than DRAM.

These limitations combined with the continued growth of data workloads means that innovation in this area is absolutely vital. That’s why Intel has invested in developing a memory technology that’s faster than NAND, more dense than DRAM and also non-volatile. The result is Intel® Optane™ memory, a revolutionary technology that enables FSI businesses to unlock the potential of their data by combining the attributes of both memory and storage. By plugging the technology gap between DRAM and NAND with Intel® Optane™ memory technology, financial firms can gain significant boosts in performance as well as cutting infrastructure costs.

“Intel® Optane™ technology is revolutionary, it enables businesses to unlock the potential of their data by combining the attributes of both memory and storage.”

The technology combines a next-generation, non-volatile memory called 3D XPoint Memory with Intel’s advanced system memory controllers, along with interface software and hardware enhancements. Shaking up the world of computing with an unparalleled combination of speed, density, and non-volatility, Intel® Optane™ technology can be deployed in a number of ways, catering for businesses of all sizes.

The Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X series is designed specifically for the data centre and has a wide range of benefits. Not only does the technology eliminate data centre storage bottlenecks, it accelerates applications for faster caching and storage and also increases scale per server. The technology offers low latency so that response times are faster and it also enables data centres to deploy bigger and more affordable datasets in order to gain new insights from larger memory pools. This improved access to data insights helps businesses to speed up their decision making.

As the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X is designed for use in high-write environments, such as online transaction processing, it’s highly durable, making it a cost-effective option for IT managers. What’s more, its ability to reduce system DRAM can improve overall data centre costs. The SSD series comes in a range of form factors to support different data centre demands. It is ideal for platforms that require fast access to large amounts of data, making it especially useful for financial institutions. In addition to data centres, Intel’s revolutionary memory technology is also having a major impact at the desktop level.

Acting as a system accelerator for PCs, the technology enables the level of versatility and responsiveness that is required by workforces in the digital era. FSI businesses upgrading to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ PCs with Intel® Optane™ memory can boost their productivity, carrying out everyday work tasks up to 2.2x faster.1

Representing amazing value for money, Intel® Optane™ memory equipped PCs offer enhanced performance compared to older computers, enabling employees to work faster, smoother, and easier. For example, multimedia files can be loaded up to 1.7x faster.1 Computers enhanced with Intel® Optane™ memory deliver the best of both worlds — speedy SSD-like performance with large storage capacity, displacing DRAM as the standard choice. Intel offers a number of Core i+ with Intel® Optane™ memory bundled options for systems integrators along with Intel® Optane™ memory-loaded OEM systems.

As well as catering for the data centre and business clients, Intel® Optane™ technology is also available for consumer computers in the form of the Intel® Optane™ SSD 800P series. This range offers faster boot-up times and speedier application start-up times, along with a smoother OS experience. The technology is especially well-suited for gamers and content creators who require a high level of performance from their machine. In a business sense this translates to better responsiveness so that users can start up quickly, while high-speed data crunching means they can work more efficiently.

From data centre to desktop, Intel® Optane™ technology is a truly revolutionary innovation that is completely reinventing memory technology and displacing DRAM on a wide scale. The benefits of the technology are huge, both in terms of performance and cost, making it a wise investment for any forward-thinking FSI business in the data-driven world.

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