Intel Corp. is trying to change the memory game by installing two new storage and memory solutions, ushering in a “new era of computing” the company says.

Intel will be using a combination of Intel Optane and Intel QLC 3D NAND technologies, allowing customers to “accelerate the speed of their most frequently accessed data, while utilizing the value flash technology delivers over HDDs for massive capacity storage,” according to an Aug. 8 press release. It goes on to say that Intel aims to help data centres for business that need to manage large amounts of data and require high performance solutions to manage memory and storage.

“Intel Optane and 3D NAND technologies ensure computer and storage architects and developers can access vital data where and when they need it,” Rob Crooke, senior vice-president and general manager of the non-volatile memory solutions group at Intel, said in the release. “The two technologies help bridge the wide gap that exists between data that’s being worked on and data that’s waiting to be accessed.”

It’s been a tough year for the company and it’s still experiencing fallout from the Meltdown/Spectre processor flaws and the recent resignation of former CEO Brian Krzanich. But Intel’s new vision for storage and memory solutions proved to be a positive take, according to Forbes, suggesting the idea was “smart” and that Intel is future thinking during a time where “for the first time in a generation, storage is also requiring a fresh look at how data centres themselves are architected.”

The company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a celebration and a drone performance, which broke the Guinness World Record for most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne flown simultaneously while putting on a brightly coloured light show.

Murthy Renduchintala, chief engineering officer, said in a blog post that despite the challenges, Intel was thinking ahead and looking towards the future.

The two new storage products will be available in Canada this September, a spokesperson for Intel told IT World Canada.


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