Samsung Announced 16TB SSD Hard Drive

Samsung-SSD-PM1633a-690x450Storage is getting larger and cheaper day by day.

There’s a thing called the Flash Memory Summit in California, because of course there is. And there, reports, Samsung has introduced the PM1633a. It’s a terrible name for a wonderful thing: the world’s largest hard drive, packed into a 2.5-inch case. It’s listed as 16TB (technically, it’s 15.36TB), and the best part about it is that it’s a solid state drive using Samsung’s new 256GB NAND flash as the basis for the storage. As Ars Technica reports, that new flash memory is the key to stuffing more storage capacity into the same space, and it works by stacking the transistors vertically.

No pricing has been announced, but it’ll be expensive, and it’s safe to assume it’ll be sold primarily to enterprise customers for use in servers. In fact, Samsung was touting a reference design for a server with 48 of these hard drives installed, which adds up to a total capacity of 768TB. Samsung called it “JBOF”, which stands for “Just a Bunch Of Flash.” Maybe let’s just leave this whole “what is a hard drive, really?” debate aside and start using JBOF instead.


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