Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Nimbus Data overtakes Samsung's record with 100TB SSD capacity

Nimbus Data overtakes Samsung's record with 100TB SSD capacity Nimbus Data overtakes Samsung's record with 100TB SSD capacity
Sherri Watson | 20 March, 2018, 15:32

Having only held the title for a short time, Samsung can no longer claim the world's largest-capacity SSD.

The Nimbus Data ExaDrive DC100 uses 3D NAND flash in a capacity which allows for 20 million MP3s or 20,000 HD movies to be stored. Featuring over three times the capacity of the closest competitor, the ExaDrive DC100 also draws 85 percent less power per terabyte (TB).

The list of technical specs includes up to 100,000 IOPS (read or write), 500 MBps data throughput, as well as an MTBF value of 2,500,000 hours.

Nimbus says that for data centers, a single rack of DC100 SSDs can achieve over 100 petabytes of raw capacity, which should appeal to services that deal with massive amounts of data.

The DC100's low-power (0.1 watts/TB) and portability also make it well-suited for edge and IoT applications.

AFTER WE ALL FINISHED being agog at the 14TB SSD and the 30TB SSD, let's snort with derision a little at these as Nimbus Data announces a 100TB SSD. The new ExaDrive DC will also come in a 50TB storage option, and both new SSD models are now sampling to "strategic customers" and will be generally available in summer 2018.

"As flash memory prices decline, capacity, energy efficiency, and density will become the critical drivers of cost reduction and competitive advantage", said Thomas Isakovich, CEO and Founder of Nimbus Data, in a press statement.

The ExaDrive DC100, which will also come in a 50TB version, has an "unlimited endurance" guarantee for five years.

Unlike Samsung's earlier effort, which offered impressive capacity alongside ultra-fast read and write speeds, the DC100 is engineered to prioritize capacity over everything else. The DC100 is protected by a 5-year warranty covering an unlimited DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and will now not be sold for consumer use. It's suggested the cost will be similar to current enterprise SSDs on a per terabyte basis, which is code for "it will be extraordinarily expensive", at least initially.