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This is how much Nimbus Data's 100TB SSD will cost

By Kenny Yeo - on 13 Jul 2020, 9:48am

This is how much Nimbus Data's 100TB SSD will cost

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Do you remember Nimbus Data? Over two years ago, we reported that Nimbus Data has made the world's largest SSD.

It's called the ExaDrive DC100, and as you might have guessed, it has a whopping 100TB of storage.

100TB is enough to store 20,000 HD movies, 20 million songs, or provide backup for 2,000 iPhones.

It comes in a 3.5-inch form factor and uses enterprise-grade MLC 3D NAND and the old SATA 6Gbps interface.

Therefore, sequential read and write performance are capped at around 500MB/s and 460MB/s respectively.

This isn't a drive built for speed. Rather, Nimbus Data is hoping that it's high capacity, superior power efficiency, claimed lower TCO, and unlimited 5-year warranty will attract data centre administrators to give up on traditional mechanical HDDs.

Anyhow, Nimbus Data has also finally shared prices for the drive. The ExaDrive DC100 is priced at a whopping US$40,000 (~S$55,636). That works out to US$400 (S$556.36) per TB.

If that's stretching your budget, Nimbus Data has a smaller 50TB version that's US$12,500 (~S$17,386). That's US$250 (~S$347.73) per TB.

It's considerably more expensive than consumer SSDs which can be had for as low as S$200 per TB nowadays. But the advantage here is that you pack multiple ExaDrives more easily and achieve a higher total storage capacity and at a lower energy cost.

Source: TechRadar