Yes it’s true, somebody has made a 3½” size SATA/SAS type SSD with 100TB of storage. Our Corsair Carbide 300R has 4 drive bays so that would be 400TB which should keep a handle on Steam games for a few months.
A company called NIMBUS has the SSD in 100TB capacity. The Exadrive DC100 is the flagship for capacity. The DC100 can reach 500MB/s of bandwidth over SATA III ports. M.2 drives are faster which is fine for the boot drive, the DC100 has the capacity for vast numbers of games. The DC100 offers a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 2.5 million hours.
Nimbus has to cope with the design of controllers which are limited to 8TB. The DC100 has to be segmented into several 8TB blocks which are then aggregated.
It is surreal to see such gargantuan capacity that makes us drool over having every game we own actually installed. There is also more than enough room for every BD movie out there and out entire iTunes library.
The drive is designed to be stuffed into servers with hard disks as an upgrade. machines with 15 disks across and 2 or 3 rows are common in storage pools. The massive capacity can pack 99PB into a single standard 19″ 21U rack. With several rows the prospect for a EB storage systems is now realistic.
The company obviously wants a fortune for the drive but it’s nonetheless desirable for gaming. Corporations have deeper pockets so us gamers have to sit back and suffer in silence.
NIMBUS said the drive also uses a lot less power than rival SSD products. This is desirable as power is expensive and any savings is much appreciated whether its a gamer or a data center.
NIMBIS also has alliances with several major corporations that we also use. Broadcom makes networking hardware and Microsoft is well known for Windows. SK Hynix makes memory and others are less well known. In short, 100TB is going to make a lot of people very happy.
Data centers can reduce power, cooling, and rack space costs by 85% per terabyte, enabling more workloads to move to flash at the lowest possible total cost of ownership.
By comparison the biggest hard disks is 14TB and they are relatively costly to purchase. Hard disks have stalled with capacity growth as they seek new ideas for storage.