Samsung unveils 30.72TB SSD with blazing fast performance

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The new drive promises speeds of up to 2,100MB/s sequential read and 1,700MB/s write (400K/50K IOPS for random reads/writes respectively). Samsung's latest and greatest next-gen top capacity enterprise targeted drive doubles the capacity offered by its predecessor from March 2016. This SSD has twice more capacity than the previous largest SSD which was 16 terabyte drive.

Samsung today announced that they have started the mass production of "PM1643" SSD which has the industry's largest capacity of 30.72 TB.

Samsung supplied some interesting preliminary performance figures for the 12Gb/s SAS interface PM1643. The PM1643 also features Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology to interconnect 8GB DDR4 chips, which creates 10 x 4GB TSV DRAM packages, for a total of 40GB of DRAM. The random read speed is nearly four times and sequential read performance is nearly thrice that of a 2.5-inch SATA drive.

Competitors Intel, Micron, Seagate WDC and SK Hynix have nothing at the 30TB SAS SSD capacity level, with Seagate maxing out at 15.36TB with its Nytro 3000. Sequential read performance clocks in at up to 2,100 MB/s, while write speeds are given as 1,700 MB/s. Samsung has managed to cram 30.72 TB of storage space into a 2.5-inch drive format unit, which it hopes will help accelerate the move from hard drives to solid state storage in enterprise systems.

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The drive also comes with a new controller that integrates nine main and sub controllers used in previous SSDs.

Coming to the software front, the PM1643 supports metadata protection. Endurance is stated as one full drive write per day, allowing for writing of 30.72TB of data every day of its five-year warranty period.

On the software front, the SSD has an error correction code (ECC) algorithm that is claimed to ensure high reliability and minimal storage maintenance. "The PM1643 also offers a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours", the press statement reads. The prime target for these versions includes various market segments such as the government, financial services, healthcare, education, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, social media, business services, retail, and communications sectors.

If you need to pack more storage into your enterprise systems, then boy has Samsung got the SSD for you.

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