Samsung starts shipping the world's largest capacity SSD

  • TECH
  • Friday, 04 Mar 2016

Samsung plans to expand the new SSD range with 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 480GB models later this year.

Samsung Electronics announced that it is now shipping the world’s largest solid state drive (SSD) globally.

The 15.36TB “PM1633a” model is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, designed for use in enterprise storage systems.

According to Samsung, the smaller 2.5in form factor drives allows enterprise storage managers to fit double the number of drives into the same standard racks compared to using 3.5in drives.

“To satisfy an increasing market need for ultra-high capacity SAS SSDs from leading enterprise storage system manufacturers, we are directing our best efforts toward meeting our customers’ SSD requests,” said Samsung Electronics senior vice president for memory product planning and application engineering team Jung-bae Lee.

“We will continue to lead the industry with next-generation SSDs, using our advanced 3D V-NAND memory technology, in order to accelerate the growth of the premium memory market while delivering greater performance and efficiency to our customers.”

The drive comes with random read and write speeds of up to 200,000 and 32,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second), and delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,200MBs (megabytes per second).

Not only that, the company said that the random read IOPS performance is approximately 1,000 times that of a SAS-type hard disk, while the sequential read and write speeds are over twice compared to a typical SATA SSD.

The new SSD is said to be more reliable and can write two to 10 times as much data as typical SATA SSDs based on planar MLC and TLC NAND flash technologies.

The company added that the drive boasts a highly dependable metadata protection mechanism in addition to featuring a data protection and restoration software in case of blackout, making enterprise systems more stable and reliable.

It plans to expand the new SSD range with 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 480GB models later this year.
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