Solid-state disk (SSD) storage has been creeping into cloud data centers because of its efficient and fast retrieving capabilities, and vendors are slowly starting to roll out more SSD solutions to make cloud services operate at peak efficiency. The latest expansion into the market is Intel (INTC), which unveiled the Solid State Drive DC S3500 Series this week at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York.

Intel is no stranger to the SSD market, but this line of SSD offerings is geared toward cloud data centers. Although SSD has had great success in the consumer device market on mobile devices, SSD is still a growing concern within the data center realm because of its higher prices. Things seem to be changing, though, as our sister site The VAR Guy pointed out (kind of strange to call The VAR Guy a "sister site.")

According to Intel, the new SSDs give cloud data centers the ability to save significant costs by moving to an all-SSD storage model. That may not be entirely feasible for all cloud data centers yet, but it's easy to imagine the growing trend in SSD becoming the dominant form of storage in time—particularly as organizations shift more and more to the cloud and expect more efficient and faster services.

"The Intel SSD DC S3500 Series breaks through barriers—like the need for high throughput/low latency storage with a low total cost of ownership—to deliver the storage solution that meets the needs of the cloud, and its demand for storage, which has exploded in recent years," said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general manager for the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, in a prepared statement. "Intel's data center family of SSDs helps make cloud computing faster and more reliable, enabling more transactions and richer experiences."

That's the goal, anyway. The drives will range in size from 80GB to 800GB, and the price tags will start at $115 and cap out (so far) at $979. That's still a significant cost increase over traditional magnetic storage, although less than what SSDs were priced at just a couple of years ago, so for the time being, it's likely this will remain the purview of premium cloud services. Over time, though, as prices continue to fall, expect that to change.