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Nimbus Data first to release 100 TB SSDs, but prices are way too high

The new 50 TB and 100 TB SSDs from Nimbus Data come in 3.5-inch form-factors. (Image Source: Nimbus Data)
The new 50 TB and 100 TB SSDs from Nimbus Data come in 3.5-inch form-factors. (Image Source: Nimbus Data)
Samsung promised to deliver 128 TB SSDs by 2018, but it looks like the demand for such large drives is not there yet. Nevertheless, Nimbus Data thinks that we are ready for 100 TB SSDs, unleashing this model upon us for US$40,000. There is also a 50 TB model in case your budget is only limited to US$12,500.
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The record for the largest capacity SSD drive has been recently broken by Nimbus Data with its Exadrive 100 TB model. The previous record holder was a 60 TB Seagate SSD launched back in 2016. Nimbus Data is also offering a 50 TB model and both variants are now open order as opposed to pricing on demand, although these will probably not sell like hot cakes due to their exorbitant prices.

Both models are available with SATA or SAS interfaces, and the 50 TB is going for US$12,500 ($250 per TB), while the 100 TB version will set you back a whopping US$40,000 (US$400 per TB). For reference, the 60 TB Seagate SSD iswas priced around US$11,500 at launch, but that model used slower memory chips.

The Nimbus Data “behemoths” do not require additional cooling like the Seagate model, but they still come in the larger 3.5-inch form factor. They also integrate enterprise-grade MLC 3D NAND memory chips instead of the consumer-grade QLC chips we usually see in affordable SSDs. Sequential read / write speeds for both models can reach up to 500 / 460 MB/s and the IOps rating revolves around 114,000 / 105,000. MTBF rating is around 2.5 million hours and Nimbus Data offers a 5-year warranty.

It will be a while until we see large capacity SSDs with decent price tags, as the server and enterprise sectors are still relying on HDDs.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1500 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-07- 7 (Update: 2020-07- 7)