This is the SSD you’ve been looking for, but it’s ‘enterprise only’ so far.
We all need some extra space for something. Especially if you work in 3d and you have to constantly archive and store all your beautiful and incredibly heavy Maya and UE4 files. Thankfully engineers are working hard on solving this problem. Behold, the new ‘PM1643’, built on latest 512Gb V-NAND, which is able to hold over 30TB of data. So far this is a solution only for enterprises, so don’t expect to see it in the stores anytime soon.
Leveraging Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology with 64-layer, 3-bit 512-gigabit (Gb) chips, the 30.72 terabyte (TB) drive delivers twice the capacity and performance of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity lineup introduced in March 2016.
This breakthrough was made possible by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. These super-dense 1TB packages allow for approximately 5,700 5-gigabyte (GB), full HD movie files to be stored within a mere 2.5-inch storage device. In addition to the doubled capacity, performance levels have risen significantly and are nearly twice that of Samsung’s previous generation high-capacity SAS SSD.
Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the new PM1643 drive features random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively. These represent approximately four times the random read performance and three times the sequential read performance of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD.
Samsung started manufacturing 30.72TB SSDs in January. The company plans to expand the lineup later this year – with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions. The hardware is designed to satisfy the storage needs in a host of market segments, including the government, financial services, healthcare, education, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, social media, business services, retail and communications sectors. We hope that VFX and game industry will get their share of these fast and spacious SSDs in the future.