Akitio announced an upcoming bundle of its Thunderbolt 3 PCIe enclosure with Intel's unique Optane storage media, with pre-ordering due to start next month:
Akitio Partnering with Intel on External Thunderbolt 3 Intel Optane SSD 905P Storage Solution
Akitio, in a partnership with Intel will be releasing a special edition of the popular Node Lite PCIe box,, bundled with the recently announced Intel Optane 905P, 960GB SSD as well as other higher capacity drives as they become available.
The Intel Optane 905P SSD is a new technology that is different from NAND flash memory. The Optane is a hybrid between DRAM and typical storage memory. 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 SSD’s that provide fast performance in only large sized random read/write operations, the Optane drive provides the same phenomenal speeds in both large and small file transfers.