Seagate, the pioneers of hard drive manufacturing unveiled the world’s largest capacity Solid State Hard Drive. Prior to this, Samsung held the title of manufacturing the highest capacity SSD.
Seagate’s SSD is aimed for usage in enterprise data centers. In comparison with Samsung’s PM1633a, the drive is 45TB larger and accommodates 60TB of data. Samsung’s SSD began the shipping process in March. Both devices, however, have one thing in common and that is the connection interface. Both SSDs uses SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface in order to be compatible with the servers. This means that the drive won’t work with the average PCI-based home computers.
Seagate managed to achieve this commendable feat of accommodating the highest storage capacity by making the SSD two times denser than Samsung’s SSD. The new drive allows the inclusion of 400 million social media-sized photos and approximately 12,000 DVD movies. At the moment, the drive is just a prototype, but, the company has announced that they have plans to put the drive into production in 2017.
Seagate also managed to boast that the drive offers the lowest cost per gigabyte available on any flash storage device that is currently available in the market. The company didn’t mention any pricing of the device and it seems that the pricing would depend on the contracts that the company has with enterprise customers. To put things in perspective, the highest capacity consumer SSD (4TB), that is manufactured by Samsung costs $1500.
Even though, packing so much storage in a single SSD seems like overkill as there are plenty of cheaper servers that run on much cheaper conventional hard drives. However, Seagate made it clear that the device is being manufactured for a future where cloud storage and artificial intelligence have evolved much more and data centers would be required to process enormous amounts of data input.
Brett Pemble, Seagate’s Vice President of SSD Products said in a statement that the enormous influx of data can be valuable to enterprises if they have the right tools to accommodate that data. He was positive that data growth across industries will continue to grow at a steady pace and with it, the need for such massive storages would increase.