Intel® Optane™ SSDs

Fuel data-driven innovation with accelerated performance.

Intel® Optane™ SSDs Offer:

  • High Performance: up to 6x faster performance at low queue depth.

  • Low Latency: lightning-fast response time under any workload.

  • High QoS: predictable low latency and consistent I/O command-completion times.

  • High Endurance: a design for high write environments and intense traffic.



Every day, enterprise infrastructures are overwhelmed by large and unstructured data masses needed to make critical decisions, process transactions, gain new insights, and differentiate services. Traditional storage technologies are not equipped for this, as they leave a gap in the data storage hierarchy: DRAM is too expensive to scale, and NAND lacks the performance needed. To address this gap, a unique storage solution that behaves like system memory is needed.

The Solution Has Arrived

The Optane Advantage

Intel® Optane™ solid state drives fill the critical storage hierarchy gap to uniquely deliver the best attributes of both memory and storage. By providing a new storage tier, they break through traditional NAND storage bottlenecks to accelerate applications and enable more work per server.

With an industry-leading combination of high throughput, low latency, high QoS, and high endurance, Intel® Optane™ SSDs accelerate access to large and complicated data masses needed to process transactions, gain new insights, and differentiate services. And unlike NAND, Intel® Optane™ SSDs can read and write simultaneously making them completely unique: DRAM-like performance with NAND-like persistence -- ideal for demanding storage environments.

Used for fast caching and fast storage, Intel® Optane™ SSDs increase scale per server and accelerate latency-sensitive workloads, so now data centers can now scale with confidence, while deploying bigger and more affordable datasets.

By the Numbers

High Performance Intel® Optane™ SSDs deliver up to 6x faster performance at low queue depth workloads—extremely high throughput for single accesses. Where NAND-based SSDs are measured at a queue depth of 32 (SATA) or 128 (NVMe) to showcase throughput, Intel® Optane™ SSDs can reach 550,000 IOPS at a queue depth of 16.2.

Low Latency Intel® Optane™ SSDs’ deliver lightning-fast response times under any workload. (With NAND-based SSDs, random write operations require background media management, adding significant delay to read operations.) And, Intel® Optane™ SSDs maintain consistent read response times, regardless of the write throughput. Average read response times remain below <30μs while maintaining a 70/30 mixed read/write bandwidth of 2GB/s.2.

High QoS: Expect the same fast performance, every time. In an environment of fast-growing data and demanding requirements, data centers need predictably fast service. Intel® Optane™ SSDs provide predictable low latency and consistent I/O command-completion times, which result in high quality of service (QoS). Their 99 percent read-response time is up to 60x better than that of a NAND SSD under a random write workload.

High Endurance: Intel® Optane™ SSDs are designed for high write environments and can withstand the kind of intense traffic that is typically demanded of memory. Their extremely high endurance extends their life span, making them ideal for write-intensive applications such as online transaction processing, high performance computing, write caching, boot, and logging.

Use Cases for Today’s Data Center

Intel® Optane™ SSDs can be used in a variety of ways, including caching, fast storage, and extended memory. Intel® Optane™ SSDs facilitate dynamic placement of data that enables fast access to both read and/or write data. In addition, these high performing SSDs meet application requirements for accelerated storage access.

Choose with Confidence

With over 50 years of experience, Intel is redesigning the fabric of how new systems are architected, building storage directly into the DNA of new system designs. This continuous innovation, combined with a broad storage technology portfolio, and vast ecosystem supply chain give you the freedom to confidently select the right solution for your business, delivered by a breadth of trusted ecosystem partners.