Nimbus Data overtakes Samsung's record with 100TB SSD capacity

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The new ExaDrive 100TB SSD was made for data centers and edge servers for IoT services, with the 100TB of storage holding up to 20 million songs - or as TheNextWeb frames it "about half of Spotify's catalog of streaming music".

Nimbus Data just set a storage milestone with the announcement of its new ExaDrive DC100, a 100TB solid-state-drive.

It uses 3D NAND, and to put that capacity in perspective, it's enough space to store 20,000 HD movies.

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Nimbus is also touting superior power efficiency, which is a key metric for hyper-scale customers that the company is trying to court (think Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.). A data center can technically hold 100 petabytes of data in a single rack, so there won't be a need for huge space in server rooms.

On the performance front, the ExaDrive DC100 is rated for up to 100,000 random read (and write) IOPs, while sequential reads and writes a dialed in at 500MB/sec. Featuring more than 3x the capacity of the closest competitor, the ExaDrive DC100 also draws 85% less power per terabyte (TB).

The ExaDrive DC100 has been designed for data center duty, but it still offers a traditional SATA interface (along with SAS), and is available in a 3.5-inch form-factor. The company guarantees five years of "unlimited endurance" for this particular model; it has integrated capacitors to help protect data in the event that electricity is suddenly lost. By doing away with confusing drive-writes-per-day restrictions, the DC100 offers peace of mind, reduces hardware refresh cycles, and eliminates costly support renewals. The DC100 offers a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 2.5 million hours. It is now sampling to strategic customers and will be generally available in summer 2018. Pricing will be similar to existing enterprise SSDs on a per terabyte basis while offering 85% lower operating costs.

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