Thursday, July 13th 2017

Where's My Storage? Viking Technology Begins Shipping 25 TB, 50 TB 3.5" MLC SSDs

If there's one thing enthusiasts usually complain regarding SSDs is that here doesn't seem to exist any viable alternatives to a good old high-capacity platter-based drives. Where are my 2 TB SSDs for 200$? How can I possibly save my entire music library in this puny 512 GB SSD that has already cost me my arms and legs?

Well, those answers might not be coming anytime soon (even though the advent of QLC NAND might change that.) In the meantime, we can put our eyes on Viking Technology, so as to see that a halo SSD product can achieve amazing storage capacity in a standard form factor. The company has just started selling their UHC (Ultra High Capacity) Silo Series, which leverage SK Hynix's MLC NAND (if the capacity doesn't put your $ klaxons running, the use of MLC should.) The SSDs leverage a 6 GB/s SAS interface, and deliver 500 MB/s read and 350 MB/s write speeds. The manufacturer says these can sustain up to 60,000 IOPS on random reads, and 15,000 IOPS on random writes. These may sound low in high-performance terms (and they sort of are), but remember these are products geared for the enterprise market. Pricing wasn't (maybe smartly) disclosed. I believe I'd laugh maniacally should I know how much they cost. However, if you must have a high-capacity SSD, you know where to look for.

Sources: Tweakers.net, Thanks @ P4-630!
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9 Comments on Where's My Storage? Viking Technology Begins Shipping 25 TB, 50 TB 3.5" MLC SSDs

#1
RejZoR
Spent 800€ on 2TB SSD. Still don't regret it one bit. :P
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#2
Toothless
Now we can store all of our questionable porn on solid state drives for quick access.
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#3
Gasaraki
That's awesome, 25TB or 50TB in a 3.5 inch drive.
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#4
zedn
Is there no problem with heat dissipation? I thought that was the main reason holding back 3.5" SSDs
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#5
Brusfantomet
So now the trusty old HDD only has price to compete, as price, speed, power usage (i guess) and component life all favour SSDs now

zedn said:
Is there no problem with heat dissipation? I thought that was the main reason holding back 3.5" SSDs
i can not see heat beeing a problem, the nand chips will consume some power, but the bulk of the power consumed is by the controller, and since its not the fastest around it will not generate more heat than standard controllers used in 2,5 drives i think.

with some quick maths, just filling this drive will take 1,6 days...
with a write amplification of 2 and 5000 P/E cycles for the flash cells gives 10,9 years of contours writing.
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#6
Athlonite
Just wait it'll be $20000USD+ of what ever currency you use for one of the 25TB ones nowonder they're not releasing the price people would die of a heart attach
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TheinsanegamerN
zedn said:
Is there no problem with heat dissipation? I thought that was the main reason holding back 3.5" SSDs
The biggest thing holding back 3.5" drives was the controllers. A single controller can use 16 dies, which all fit in a 2.5" drive. 3.5" was only useful if you had raided controllers, which was both unreliable and unnecessary as capacities increased. You can get 2TB drives with a single controller. For end users, 3.5" was simply unnecessary.

Demand seems to finally be growing for giant SSDs now.
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#9
Prima.Vera
That's OK. Seagate's ST-506 drive of 5MB cost 1500$ back in the '80s, so in a couple of years those capacities will be norm for mainstream use.
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