Seagate introduces record-breaking 60TB SSD
Thu 11 Aug 2016
Seagate has launched the world’s highest capacity solid state flash drive (SSD). The 60TB drive is the latest addition in the storage firm’s data centre solutions portfolio, and is streaks ahead of nearest competitor Samsung’s 15TB drive.
Seagate claims that the new SAS SSD holds twice the density and four times the capacity of the next best drive on the market. The company suggested that for consumer requirements the SSD could accommodate the equivalent of 400 million photos or 12,000 DVD films.
However, the device, which follows a traditional HDD 3.5-inch form factor, has been designed exclusively for data centre environments, reducing the need for additional servers and processing.
‘Given the demands on today’s data centres, optimal technologies are those that can accommodate an immense amount of data as needed—and without taking up too much space,’ explained Mike Vildibill, VP of Advanced Technologies and Big Data at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Like many large tech companies, Vildibill added that HPE is constantly looking for new ways to provide the highest density possible in its all-flash data centres. He commented that the 60TB Seagate offering would offer HPE customers the ability to achieve higher server storage performance and capacity configurations.
Seagate noted that it would soon be able to scale the SSD capacity from 60TB up to 100TB, while still retaining a 3.5-inch form factor.
For now, Seagate plans to continue demonstrating the technology, with commercial sales starting in 2017. The price is yet to be confirmed, but the company said that it would deliver ‘the lowest cost per gigabyte for flash available today.’
Targeting hyperscale data centres, Seagate has also announced its 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD. This drive, available towards the end of 2016, features a single PCIe interface for high-speed data transfers and four separate controllers. Seagate said that the device will easily integrate into all-flash arrays.