When it comes to storage devices, size is what matters most. Having a fast SSD drive that performs reliably is important, but generally speaking, users are looking for as much capacity as they can get. Given that need, what is the size of the world’s biggest SSD drive?
The battle to build bigger SSD drives has been going on for a while, but at the moment there’ s a new gold standard. The Nimbus Exadrive from Nimbus Data offers 100 TB of storage, which is believed to be the largest SSD drive ever offered.
The price is just as impressive. Until recently its been difficult to get a quote for the Nimbus Exadrive, but the company has revealed a price tag of $40,000 for this SSD drive.
Commercially speaking, the need for this kind of capacity is being driven by the gaming industry. Gaming titles with a size rating of AAA are set to expand, and gaming companies will need to up their storage capacity to meet that rating, although it remains to be seen if they’ll spend that kind of money to get it.
Military and industrial applications are part of the equation as well. These applications require reliability, low power consumption, and high-density storage, so there will be a demand for SSD drives that can meet high-end demands.
The feature set of the new Nimbus drive is certainly impressive enough. The 3.5-inch Nimbus Exadrive DC provides over twelve times the capacity of the next largest SSD drive on the market, and the company also claims the drive will consume 85 percent less power per terabyte.
The drive also includes what the company describes as a “robust” ECC, along with an enterprise-quality eMLC flash. The data protection is designed to provide unlimited writes for up to five years.
There are several other aspects to the pricing scheme for these drives. The breakdown shows that the cost of storage has climbed to $400 for each terabyte, and the company is offering a 50 TB model that’s priced at $12,500, which sounds more suitable for many applications.
The drives can also be used with both SATA and SAS servers, which eliminates the need to add more hardware. The form factor is important as well—companies can now replace their existing 3.5-inch HDDs with SSDs, which also means they can use their existing racks without having to migrate to a new size.
The price tag will doubtless be the issue as the size of SSD drives continue to grow. The need is definitely present for this kind of capacity, but it remains to be seen if there is sufficient demand to justify a price tag that’s exponentially higher than current market standards.