Samsung’s monstrous 16TB SSD

Last year, Samsung made the rest of the world feel mighty inadequate by announcing a world-record 16TB SSD. Turns out that was more than just talk—Samsung is shipping drives to (very wealthy) customers starting March this year.

Making the largest-capacity drive/SD card/memory stick is a continual disk-measuring contest that most storage manufacturers engage in, routinely announcing “world first” products that ship two years later, if at all. Samsung’s managed to follow through on its promise this time round, making the 15.36TB drive the flagship of its new enterprise PM1633a SSDs. The rest of the range come in more realistic sizes, from 8TB all the way down to a mere 480GB.

This drive isn’t going to be cheap — not given that Samsung is using multiple types of 3D technology to build it. There’s no word yet on price, though I strongly suspect this is another one of those “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it” situations. Previous drives in this family have been up to $1000 per TB, but estimates floating around the Internet are mostly in the $5000 – $8000 range.

I couldn’t find a link to buy one actually. But there is a 4TB SSD worth $1499 and you can get here.

Still, if it means having the biggest drive ever made, that’s a small price to pay, isn’t it?

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