#44 – Ultra High Capacity Flash Drives

#44 – Ultra High Capacity Flash Drives

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This week, Chris and Martin discuss the availability of super-high capacity or ultra-capacity flash drives.  The conversation comes out of an announcement from Nimbus Data that has produced a 100TB SATA SSD.  This follows up from last year’s 50TB drives that were OEMed to Viking and Smart Modular.  You can find some more background at Architecting IT here.  With so much capacity in a single 3.5″ form factor that could cost upwards of $50,000, is this product practical?  How do the drives survive failure?  Can they be repaired and who would build systems from them?  One of the most important questions to answer is the risk factor of putting so much content into a single device and the impact of theft to the end user.  All fun topics!  As Chris and Martin say, if you want your 30+TB drive reviewed, just send a few over…

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  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:01:00 – 100TB SATA SSD from Nimbus
  • 00:01:30 – What are the practicalities – failure domain?
  • 00:03:30 – Can SSDs be repaired?
  • 00:05:50 – How many enterprises have 100TB of active data?
  • 00:06:35 – What size array could you build, minimum drive count?
  • 00:08:08 – RAID rebuilt and throughput times, does this represent a risk?
  • 00:11:00 – Do the economics of keeping spare $50,000 drives make sense?
  • 00:12:30 – What is the target market?  Hyper-scalers? IoT?
  • 00:13:30 – Remember memory chips being stolen from servers?
  • 00:15:00 – Could this technology be used for smaller, compact drives?
  • 00:15:30 – What about Ruler and NGSFF devices?
  • 00:18:45 – When will we have 200TB drives?
  • 00:20:30 – Another use case – content delivery.
  • 00:21:20 – Wrap Up
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