Intel is updating its line of enterprise-class solid state storage offerings today, with a new more cost-effective drive that targets datacenter and cloud-computing applications. The Intel SSD DC S3500 as it is known, is similar in a number of ways to the SSD DC S3700 we evaluated a few months back. The new drives, however, are built around more affordable NAND flash memory than the previously released DC S3700-series drives.
Regardless, data integrity and consistent performance remain key differentiators for Intel's datacenter-targeted "DC"-branded drives, but the SSD DC S3500 will do so at much more mainstream price points than the higher-end DC S3700-series drives.
The Intel SSD DC S3500 will be offered in 80GB - 800GB capacities in both 2.5" and 1.8" form factors, but a number of capacities, like the 120GB, 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB drives, will only be offered in 2.5" versions.
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