Feb 23, 2018

Samsung announces world's largest SSD drive with whopping 30 TB storage

Samsung has revealed it has started mass producing ultra-high storage SSD drives with 30.72 TB storage space capacity, double the capacity of its previous SSD drive which has 15.36 TB storage capacity. The new drive is designed for the enterprise purposes and so might cost a lot of money.

When it comes to solid-state drive (SSD) one can probably sport 128 GB, 250 GB or 500 GB in the market. But how about a massive 30720 GB (30.72 TB) drive? Though it seems like a whopping space it won't be out of bound anymore as Samsung has announced it has kicked off the mass production of a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD drive called "PM1643".

The PM1643 is claimed to be the world's first SSD drive to have 30.72 TB storage. To note, the previous highest capacity drive was the PM1633 wielding 15.36 TB storage space which was also introduced by Samsung in March 2016.

The new PM1643 is a 2.5-inch device which combines 32 units of 1 TB NAND flash packages each of them consisting of 16 stacked layers of 512 GB V-NAND chips. The capacious drive is noted for being blazing fast. It has a read speed of 40,000 input/output operations per second and a write speed of 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speed of 2100 MB/s and 1700 MB/s respectively.

Compared to an average 2.5-inch SATA SSD drive the high capacity PM1643 SAS SSD drive is four times faster at random reads and three times faster at sequential reads. Samsung claims the new drive is so hugely spacious that one can store about 5,700 full HD movies of 5 GB capacity each. Similarly, a much higher number of RAW images can also be stored.

Unfortunately, the PM1643 is dedicated for the enterprise storage purposes. The executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics, Jaesoo Han said, "With our launch of the 30.72 TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide..."

As of now, Samsung hasn't revealed when it will introduce the PM1643 to the market, although the first batch of drives is in the production since last month. As for the price, it will certainly be on the higher side since the drive is designed for enterprises. Later on, smaller variants of the drive might also see the light catering to all strata of enterprises. More details in this regard are expected in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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