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Intel’s $9B NAND SSD, Memory Sale To SK Hynix: 6 Big Things To Know

Dylan Martin

CRN dives deep into the details of Intel’s NAND SSD divestiture, how it will help SK Hynix, which Intel products it will impact and what it means for Intel’s Optane business.

What’s Been Driving Sales

In May, Laura Crone, vice president of sales for Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, told CRN that channel partners have played a key role in driving growth for the company’s memory and storage products, both in the data center and for PCs.

On the data center side, virtualized desktop infrastructure and virtualized storage solutions have driven demand for Intel’s storage and memory products.

“We‘re spending more time helping people understand how Optane can help their data center infrastructure or on the client side where Optane can help accelerate and improve their infrastructure,” she said. ”So from a partner perspective, I think that the opportunity is all around this exploding data, and the need for memory and storage is greater than it’s ever been.”

In January, Intel data center executive Lisa Spelman told CRN that the company has done more than 200 proofs of concept for Intel Optane Persistent Memory for data center workloads ranging from in-memory databases to virtualization, and many of those end up turning into commercial deployments.

“One of the things that we‘re just getting into now is the conversion rate, so we’re getting high 80 [percent to] 90-plus percent conversion of proof of concept into deployment, which is insane,” she said in an interview.

 
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