Samsung Announces Production Of World's Largest Capacity SSD (30TB)

Samsung has announced production of a record-setting 30TB SSD, but don’t expect to use it any time soon. This solid state drive is designed specifically for enterprise customers looking to shift from the unreliable platter HDDs of yesteryear to the speed and reliability SSDs offer.

This impressive little drive crams the most storage into a 2.5-inch form factor than ever before —  Seagate released a 60TB drive, but it was in a larger 3.5-inch form factor and never went on sale. The drive — the sexily-named PM1643 — is built from 32 1TB NAND flash packages. The new drive is capable of holding up to roughly 5700 HD movies or about 500 days of continuous video, doubling their last record-setting 16TB drive released in 2016.

 Image courtesy of Samsung

Image courtesy of Samsung

On top of the new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive’s incredible capacity, it has staggering sequential read and write speeds with up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s. Simply put, that’s about 3x faster than anything a consumer level drive, like Samsung’s own SSD 860 PRO, is offering today.

Samsung has not yet revealed when this drive will go on sale, but now that it has settled into the form factor, it will be expanding the line later this year with 16TB, 7TB, 3TB, 2TB, 960GB, and 800GB versions to come. For reference, the 16TB drive released in 2016 retailed for over $10,000. Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics, said in a press statement: "Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB.”

While this particular drive won’t have an impact on how most consumers store their data, the technology at play should trickle down to consumer level SSDs soon enough. These sorts of groundbreaking drives create pressure that drives down prices in the consumer storage market. Hopefully, we start to see these changes reflected by larger storage capacities in our laptops and phones.