Intel® Memory Drive Technology is a revolutionary software that extends system memory transparently. Combined with an Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive (SSD), Intel® Memory Drive Technology transparently integrates the SSD into the memory subsystem and makes it appear like DRAM to the OS and applications. Intel® Memory Drive Technology increases memory capacity beyond DRAM limitations and delivers DRAM-like performance in a completely transparent manner to the operating system and application. In addition, no changes are required to the OS or applications.
There are two key scenarios in which it is beneficial for an IT environment to use Intel® Memory Drive Technology:
- Displace a portion of DRAM to reduce overall memory cost
- Grow the memory pool beyond DRAM capacities when large system memory is required
Displace DRAM for More Affordable Memory
Intel® Memory Drive Technology enables data centers to deliver more affordable memory pools by displacing a portion of DRAM. By pairing the DRAM with the high-performing non-volatile memory of the Intel® Optane™ SSD, data centers can more cost-effectively execute workloads that require high-end memory configurations with much lower DRAM capacity installed, saving on both Capex and Opex costs.
Extend Memory for a Bigger Memory Footprint
Intel® Memory Drive Technology enables data centers to grow the memory footprint beyond the DRAM capacity. Together, the DRAM and the Intel® Optane™ SSD emulate a single volatile memory pool. Intel® Memory Drive Technology intelligently determines where data should be located in the pool to maximize performance, enabling servers to deliver performance across many workloads—even when DRAM is only supplying one-third to one-tenth of the memory pool capacity.