Storage technology company Seagate Technology yesterday took the wraps off a solid-state drive it says is the “largest ever demonstrated” — the 60 terabyte SAS SSD (serial-attached SCSI solid-state drive).
With a 3.5-inch form factor, a drive with that storage capacity holds more bits per square inch of disk space than there are number of stars in the Milky Way, according to Seagate. With storage twice as dense and four times as large as the highest capacity SSD on the market today, the 60 TB drive could hold 400 million photos or 12,000 DVD movies, it said.
Unveiled during the Flash Memory Summit taking place this week in Santa Clara, California, the 60 TB SAS SSD (pictured above) is “currently a demonstration technology” that’s expected to be released sometime in 2017. Another drive spotlighted at the summit, the 8 TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD, is set to become available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Storage for ‘Hot’ and ‘Cold’ Data
The two new drives “represent the high performance end of Seagate’s Enterprise portfolio — a complete ecosystem of HDD, SSD and storage system products designed to help customers manage the deluge of data they face and move the right data where it’s needed fast to meet rapidly evolving business priorities and market demands.” the company said in a statement.
Beyond its sheer storage capacity, the 60 TB SAS SSD will eliminate the need for data centers to separate data based on whether it needs to be available in the short term (“hot” data) or held for long-term storage (“cold” data), Seagate said. With the new drive’s capacity, IT teams can “quickly accommodate and ensure accessibility of ever-increasing large amounts of data without having to add additional servers or incorporate additional management steps,” the company said.
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