Enabling Bigger, More Affordable Memory Solutions

Intel® Memory Drive Technology transparently integrates Intel® Optane™ SSDs into the memory subsystem.

Intel® Memory Drive Technology can revolutionize your data center memory architecture. When combined with Intel® Optane™ SSDs, Intel® Memory Drive Technology transparently integrates the drive into the memory subsystem and makes it appear like DRAM to the operating system and applications. This can increase memory capacity beyond DRAM limitations, with no change required to the OS or applications.

Intel® Memory Drive Technology is highly beneficial in two primary IT scenarios:

  • Displace a portion of more expensive DRAM to reduce overall memory cost
  • Grow the memory pool beyond DRAM capacities to access or enable much larger memory datasets

Displace Costly DRAM for More Affordable Memory
Intel® Memory Drive Technology enables data centers to deliver more affordable memory pools by displacing a portion of higher cost, higher power DRAM. By pairing a reduced amount of DRAM and replacing that capacity with the high-performing non-volatile memory of the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X, data centers can more cost-effectively execute memory-intensive workloads with much lower DRAM capacity installed, saving on both hardware procurement and operations cost.

Extend Memory for a Bigger Memory Footprint
Intel® Memory Drive Technology enables data centers to grow the memory footprint beyond DRAM-only capacity. Together, DRAM and Intel® Optane™ SSDs with Intel® Memory Drive Technology emulate a single volatile memory pool. Additionally, Intel® Memory Drive Technology intelligently determines where data should be located within the pool to maximize speed, enabling servers to deliver performance across many workloads—even when DRAM is only supplying one-third to one-eighth of the memory pool capacity.

Enable New Possibilities for the Enterprise
The combination of cost-efficiency and increased capacity means enterprises can break through today’s memory limits, enabling new possibilities—like accessing higher-capacity, in-memory datasets to deliver better, faster analytics insight. As an example, cloud providers can reduce capital cost for memory when enabled to oversubscribe workloads with greater overall capacity. Or, high-performance computing centers can increase large memory datasets to improve research and scientific results, and test new simulations quickly and cost-efficiently.

Cost Efficiency and Overall Savings
Intel® Memory Drive Technology allows data centers to implement the same amount of memory for a significantly lower cost compared to all-DRAM installations, or alternatively, achieve much larger amounts of memory than the practical limitations of a given server DRAM-only capacity.

The chart on the right compares the cost per KVM* + Redis* Virtual Machine (VM) structure of:

  • A DRAM-only dual-processor server with 192GB of memory
  • The same dual-processor server configuration with 192GB DRAM complemented by Intel® Memory Drive Technology to expand overall system memory pool to 768GB total1
  • With otherwise identical server configurations, expanding the overall system memory footprint with additional Intel® Memory Drive Technology capacity decreases the cost per VM by greater than 50%1 when compared to the smaller all-DRAM set

About Intel® Optane™ Technology
Intel® Optane™ technology is a unique combination of Intel® 3D XPoint™ Memory Media with Intel’s advanced system memory controller, interface hardware, and software IP. This revolutionary technology is offered in several form factors to unleash vast system performance in a range of products.

Features At-a-Glance



Hardware Features


Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X

375GB, 750GB, 1.5TB23

Supported Processors

Intel® Xeon® Scalable, Intel® Xeon® E5-x6xx v2 or later, E7-x8xx v2 or later

Maximum Processor Sockets


Operating Systems

RHEL* / Centos* 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8 ,7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
SLES* 11 SP4, 12, 12 SP1, 12 SP2
Ubuntu 16.04-17.10
Intel® Memory Drive Technology Software4requires a bootable media5
Supported protocols: IDE, UHCI, EHCI

Software Features


Memory Capacity

320GB, 640GB, 1.28TB23

Maximum Software-defined Memory


Recommended DRAM Expansion

Up to 8x6

Memory Media Mode

Volatile (non-persistent)

Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series

Información sobre productos y desempeño


Configuración del sistema. Fuente: Intel. Modelo de servidor: 2 procesadores Intel® Xeon® Oro 6154 a 3,0 GHz, 72 núcleos con Hyper-Threading, placa de sistema Intel S2600WF, 192 GB de memoria DDR4 instalada a 2400 MHz, 2 SSD Intel® Optane™ DC de 375 GB; CentOS 7.5.1804 (kernel 4.15.12-1.el7.elrepo.x86_64 actualizado), Redis versión 4.02 (análisis de desempeño y servidor) instancias en memoria asignadas con 5,7 GB, 3,3 millones de pares de claves a 1024 b. Es posible que los resultados del análisis de desempeño deban revisarse a medida que se realizan pruebas adicionales. Detalles de implementación. BIOS del sistema: 00.01.0013; kernel 4.15.12; se validó la mitigación de las variantes 1 a 3 con una secuencia de comandos de comprobación obtenida el 20 de junio del 2018. Ventajas de costo calculadas solo según el costo de la memoria. Memoria para servidores DDR4 2400 a 11,72 dólares por GB (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7S67E57702&cm_re=32GB_Samsung_Server_DDR4-_-20-147-572-_-Product) en comparación con el precio de canal por paquete de una unidad de memoria Intel (de cualquier densidad) de 4,22 dólares por GB al 25 de junio del 2018. (https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Xpoint-P4800X-PCIe3-0-SSDPED1K375GA01/dp/B076TCZ3CM), 3,09 dólares para la unidad de estado sólido y 1,13 dólares para la licencia de software.


GB = 1 073 741 824 bytes; TB = 1 099 511 627 776 bytes.


La capacidad física total es de 375 GB, 750 GB y 1500 GB. La capacidad utilizable total de la tecnología de unidad de memoria Intel® es de 320 GB, 640 GB y 1280 GB.


Tecnología con licencia de ScaleMP*.


El software arranca desde un medio USB, una imagen de red (arranque PXE) o directamente desde una SSD Intel® Optane™ en modo UEFI.


Por ejemplo: La DRAM de 128 GB se puede expandir hasta 1024 GB según la capacidad del medio de memoria no volátil instalado. Puede existir compatibilidad con tasas de expansión mayores, pero con un desempeño posiblemente inferior.