Product Brief: Intel® SSD DC P4600 Series

Product brief
Intel® 3D NAND SSD DC P4600 Series
Data Center (DC), PCI Express* (P)
Cloud Inspired. Caching Optimized.
Designed for modern cloud storage solutions such as software-defined
and converged infrastructures.
Pairing a new Intel developed controller, unique firmware innovations, and
industry-leading 3D NAND density, the Intel® 3D NAND SSD Data Center
P4600 Series delivers an all new design to support the data caching needs of
cloud storage and software-defined infrastructures. The Intel SSD DC P4600
Series is stacked with a combination of performance, capacity, manageability,
and reliability to help data centers fast-track their business and meet the
overall demands of their digital business.
An SSD Optimized for Cloud Storage Architectures
The cloud continues to drive innovation, new services, and agility for businesses
which are seeing the need to deploy services faster, scale effectively, and remove
the human costs of managing assets. Multi-cloud has become a core element for any
enterprise strategy, with top cloud providers openly embracing PCIe*/NVMe*-based
SSDs because of the scalable performance, low latency, and continued innovation.
Within the shift to the cloud is an increased adoption of software-defined and
converged infrastructures. This fast adoption is being driven by the need to increase
efficiency, refresh existing hardware, deploy new workloads, and reduce operational
expenditures. The DC P4600 significantly increases server agility and utilization, while
also accelerating applications, across a wide range of cloud workloads.
Optimized for Caching Across a Range of Workloads
This cloud-inspired SSD is built with an entirely new NVMe controller that is
optimized for mixed workloads commonly found in data caching and is architected to
maximize CPU utilization.
With controller support for up to 128 queues, the DC P4600 helps minimize the risk
of idle CPU cores and performs most effectively on Intel platforms with Intel® Xeon®
processors. The queue pair-to-CPU core mapping supports high drive count and also
supports multiple SSDs scaling on Intel platforms.
With the DC P4600, data centers can accelerate caching to enable more users, add
more services, and perform more workloads per server. Now you can cache faster and
respond faster.
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Manageability to Maximize IT Efficiency
Designed for Today’s Modern Data Centers
The DC P4600 is built for software-defined cloud infrastructures across the multi-cloud environment to enable
greater efficiency within existing server footprints.
The DC P4600 is Intel’s new 3D NAND SSD for mixed workloads
that are common to the data caching needs of cloud-driven
data centers. The mix of performance, capacity, endurance,
manageability, and reliability make it the ideal solution for data
caching in software-defined and converged infrastructures.
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New firmware manageability features help reduce server
downtime through improved update processes and expanded
monitoring capabilities.
SMART management and Intel custom log pages provide
advanced drive telemetry to manage thermals, monitor
endurance, and track drive health status. Management coverage
is now expanded across a wider range of drive states with
support for the NVMe-Management Interface (NVMe-MI)
specification, an industry standard way to manage the SSD
Industry-leading Reliability and Security
As capacity per server continues to scale, the risk of data
corruption and errors increases. With an eye toward this risk,
Intel has built industry-leading end-to-end data protection
into the DC P4600.1 This includes protection from silent data
corruption which can cause catastrophic downtime and errors
in major businesses.
Power Loss Imminent (PLI) provides protection from unplanned
power loss, and is obtained through a propriety combination of
power management chips, capacitors, firmware algorithms, and
a built-in PLI self-test. Intel’s PLI feature provides data centers
with high confidence of preventing data loss during unplanned
power interrupts.
Features At-a-Glance
1.6, 2, 3.2TB in U.2 form factor
2, 4 TB in AIC form factor
Performance2, 3 64k Sequential Read/Write – up to 3280/2100 MB/s
4k Random Read/Write – up to 702,500 / 257,000 IOPS
Support for NVM Express* Management Interface (NVMe-MI),
NVMe SMART / Health and Log Pages
End-to-end data protection from silent data corruption,
uncorrectable bit error rate < 1 sector per 1017 bits read
PCIe 3.1 x4, NVMe 1.2
Form Factors
U.2 2.5in x 15mm
(for serviceability, hot-plug, and density)
Add-in-Card: Half-Height Half-Length, low-profile
(for legacy and mainstream server compatibility)
Intel 3D NAND, TLC
Random/JEDEC up to 2.9 DWPD (5 Years) / 21.7 PBW,
sequential workload up to 4 DWPD (5 Years) / 29.2 PBW
Max sequential read/write 9.9W / 20.7W
5 year warranty
1. Source - Intel. End-to-end data protection refers to the set of methods used to detect and correct the integrity of data across the full path as it is read or written between the host and the SSD controller and media. Test performed on Intel® SSD DC S3520, Intel® SSD DC P3520, Intel® SSD DC P3510, Intel® SSD DC P4500, Samsung* PM953, Samsung PM1725, Samsung PM961, Samsung PM863,
Micron* 7100, Micron 510DC, Micron 9100, HGST* SN100, Seagate* 1200.2, SanDisk* CS ECO drives. Claim is based on average of Intel drive error rates vs. average of competitor drive error rates.
Neutron radiation is used to determine silent data corruption rates and as a measure of overall end-to-end data protection effectiveness. Among the causes of data corruption in an SSD controller
are ionizing radiation, signal noise and crosstalk, and SRAM instability. Silent errors were measured at run-time and at post-reboot after a drive “hang” by comparing expected data vs actual data
returned by drive. The annual rate of data corruption was projected from the rate during accelerated testing divided by the acceleration of the beam (see JEDEC standard JESD89A).
2. Test and System Configuration: Processor: Intel® Xeon® E5-2699 v3, Speed: 2.30GHz, Intel BIOS: Internal Release, DRAM: DDR3 – 32GB, OS: Linux* Centos* 7.0 kernel 4.6, Intel® SSD DC P4500 Series
3. Performance measured with QD=1, and QD=256 (QD=64, workers=4). Measurements performed on the full Logical Block Address (LBA) span of the drive.
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