Have you ever wanted to buy an SSD but thought they’re just not big enough for your liking?
Well, Samsung just solved that problem: the Korean tech giant just released a 16TB Solid State Drive. It’s the largest SSD money can buy – and yes, you’re going to need a lot of money to buy it.
The new SSD is advertised at 16TB, but it actually “only” contains 15.36TB.
It’s called the PM1633a, which isn’t a very sexy name for the largest SSD created in human history. It’s a 2.5-inch SSD that uses 512 of Samsung’s third-gen 256Gb V-NAND memory chips.
Basically, Samsung’s chips have been stacked in 16 layers to form a single 512GB package, and then 32 of those packages have been shoved into this behemoth of an SSD.
You’ll be able to read and write with speeds of up to 1200MB/s with this thing. Meanwhile, random read and write speeds are rated at up to 200,000 and 32,000 IOPS, respectively.
The SSD supports 1 DWPD. If you don’t know what that means, then it means that the SSD is rated to safely write 15.36TB of data every day without failure – which is way beyond what pretty much any average user would be able to write per day.
Just in case your SSD fails, Samsung has installed a “highly dependable” metadata protection system that lets you protect and restore your data in case your SSD momentarily goes down.
…But It’s Not for Consumers
As you’ve probably already guessed, Samsung isn’t marketing this SSD to the general public (yet). It’s primarily for enterprise applications. Samsung also hasn’t revealed pricing options, but we do know that it’s based on a 12Gb/s serial attached SCSI (SAS) interface (which is something you only see in enterprise applications).
Samsung plans to release several more sizes in its PM1633a SSD lineup, including:
Meanwhile, the biggest SSD consumers can buy is the Fixstars 13TB SSD-13000M, which clocks in at a price of $13,000 USD.