Akitio has this week announced a new addition to their range of Node Lite PCIe boxes with the introduction of a Special Edition Node Lite with Intel Optane 905P SSD, which will be available to preorder during June 2018, although no pricing has been announced as yet. The Intel Optane 905P SSD is different from NAND flash memory, and offers a hybrid between DRAM and typical storage memory. Richard Wright, Vice President of Akitio explains :
“We are very excited about this new product. The combination of the ultra-compact Thunderbolt 3 Akitio Node Lite and the Intel Optane drive creates an extremely portable storage solution that makes it possible to transfer files at incredible speeds both at the office and on site.”
By connecting the Intel Optane drive inside the Akitio Node Lite via Thunderbolt 3, we are able to fully utilize the Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth to achieve incredibly fast performance of up to 2200MB/s in both read and write. Unlike NAND flash based solid state drive (SSD) that provide fast performance in only large sized random read and write operations, the Optane drive provides the same “phenomenal speeds” in both large and small file transfers. For more information in full specifications jump over to the official Akitio website.