“It is not possible to go forward while looking back.”- Ludwig Mies van der RoheI’ve been told that I have a penchant for being reflective. I can (and frequently do) replay entire conversations from weeks or years ago in my head, speculating how events could have played out differently had those conversations gone slightly different, so I can’t disagree with that characterization. So when I was asked if I could craft a 2016 “Year in review” blog for Intel® SSDs, it presented a small challenge: be brief (this is a blog after all), and also have an eye to the future.The year 2016 saw a record number (14!) of new products launched by the Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG). Spanning product refreshes, new product families (Intel® Embedded SSDsOpens in a new window and Intel’s first dual port NVMe* SSDsOpens in a new window), along with our first products built using 3D MLC NAND and planar TLC NAND, new SSDs were launched for the data center, client, and embedded market segments.Looking back into 2016In the Intel® SSD Data Center Family:Intel® SSD DC D3600 SeriesOpens in a new window and Intel® SSD DC D3700 SeriesOpens in a new window- Intel’s first dual port NVMe* SSDsIntel® SSD DC P3100 SeriesOpens in a new window- Intel’s first PCIe*-based SSD on M.2 form factor for the Data CenterIntel® SSD DC P3520 SeriesOpens in a new window- Built on Intel 3D NAND, the Intel® SSD DC P3520 Series is optimized for high density data center/enterprise configurationsIntel® SSD DC S3100 SeriesOpens in a new window- An entry level data center SSD which delivers low latency, high reliability and performance that matters for your applicationsIntel® SSD DC S3520 SeriesOpens in a new window- The most trusted SATA SSD now on Intel 3D NANDIntel® Business Client SSDs:Intel® SSD Pro 5400s SeriesOpens in a new window- Delivers power-efficient performance with enterprise-ready security and remote manageabilityIntel® SSD Pro 6000p SeriesOpens in a new window- Brings PCIe* performance to mainstream price points while delivering exceptional performance that towers above traditional hard drivesIntel® SSD Consumer Family:Intel® SSD 540s SeriesOpens in a new window- Intel’s first TLC-based consumer SSD designed for a wide range of consumer platformsIntel® SSD 600p SeriesOpens in a new window- Accelerates office applications, 4K video playback, HD content creation, and everyday gamingIntel® Embedded SSDs:Intel® SSD E 5400s Series- Offers a low-power solution with excellent durability, lasting integrity, performance and security features across a variety of applicationsIntel® SSD E 5410s Series- Offers excellent durability, lasting integrity, security, and performance across a variety of embedded and IoT applicationsIntel® SSD E 5420s Series- Delivers enhanced security and manageability support on 6th gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based devicesIntel® SSD E 6000p Series- Offers manageability and performance across a variety of applications, including point-of-sale and digital signageAnd looking forward to in 2017While I can’t mention product specifics in a public forum such as this, speaking more generally…The continued growth of scale out storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) as the platform for the private portion of hybrid clouds.The creative new use cases and user experiences that will be built using Intel® Optane™ technologyOpens in a new windowDiscovering how computer architectures may fundamentally change as Intel® Optane™ technology matures and the lines between traditional storage and memory begin to blur.Ever denser SSDs built using Intel® 3D NAND technologyOpens in a new window.Seeing if we can set some new storage benchmark records with those new products coming in 2017 that I can’t talk about here.In closing, I’d like to wish you, the reader (well, maybe not the search bots), a happy and prosperous 2017!DisclaimersResults have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. Source: Internal TestingPerformance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, visit Intel Performance Benchmark Limitations.Tests document performance of components on a particular test, in specific systems. Differences in hardware, software, or configuration will affect actual performance. Consult other sources of information to evaluate performance as you consider your purchase. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit http://www.intel.com/performance.Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.Copyright © 2016 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.