Samsung today unveiled the world’s largest solid state drive, with a whopping 30.72 terabytes of storage. While the SSD looks quite simple and unassuming, this is the first time so much storage has been put into a 2.5-inch form factor. The SSD is of course designed for enterprise customers who are looking to make a change from disk-based hard drives.
The new drive is a Serial Attached SCSI drive that supports sequential read and write speeds of 2100 MBps and 1700 MBps.
The SSD is called PM1643 and uses 32TB of 1TB NAND flash packages. Each of these packages contains 16 layers of 512GB V-NAND chips, which is enough space to hold as many as 5700 HD movies. The SSD gives you double the storage you could get on the highest storage available earlier. That also was from Samsung, allowing 16 TB of storage.
The new drive is a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive that supports sequential read and write speeds of 2100 MBps and 1700 MBps. So, you’re getting almost three times the speed that an average SATA SSD used on consumer laptops and desktops, including Samsung’s own SSD 850 EVO.
“With our launch of the 30.72TB 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,” said Jaesoo Han, EVP, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics.