If you are in touch with storage technology at all, Intel Optane will be familiar to you and, in fact, we have even gone so far as to describe it as a ‘game changer’ or ‘disruptive technology’ in a previous report. If you are not ‘up to spec’ on the ins and outs of storage, let’s just say that SSDs and flash technology have enabled your smartphone to be much more powerful than yesterday’s full-size PC, and by now, you are used to the ‘instant response’ that has become so common in your smartphone use. Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Instagram are just a few examples. These all rely on SSDs and SSDs are based on flash technology. Hard drives could never have accomplished what the world takes for granted each and every day.
And then there is Intel Optane. Optane takes things a step further. Flash memory of traditional SSDs has an ‘Achilles Heel’, in that, NAND flash memory hits a point under constant use where it doesn’t have the ability to recover, and performance drops significantly into a ‘steady state’ level, much lower than listed specifications. Don’t panic! Most will never experience this as their SSDs aren’t under constant use for any period of time.