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Fancy a 30TB SSD? Samsung is producing them now

By Kenny Yeo - on 21 Feb 2018, 10:23am

Fancy a 30TB SSD? Samsung is producing them now

Samsung has just announced that it has begun production of its PM1643-series SSDs.

These drives will utilize Samsung's new 64-layer 512Gb TLC V-NAND memory chips stacked in 1TB packages, and will provide a total capacity of 30.72TB per drive.

That's double the capacity that of the world's largest mechanical hard disk drives.

The 30TB PM1643 was designed for enterprise use and primarily for read-intensive workloads. It uses a SAS-12Gbps interface and comes in a 2.5-inch form factor. However, it is substantially thicker at 15mm.

According to Samsung, the drive has a sequential read performance of 2.1GB/s and a random read performance of up to 400K IOPs.

It has high endurance too. Samsung claims the drive is good for up to one drive write per day for five years. If you do the math, that's 56PB (petabyte).

Prices have yet to be disclosed but don't expect it to be cheap. Samsung's older PM1633a SSD was US$10,000 for 15TB.

Source: Samsung

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