One thing every editor knows is that you’ll run out of space on your hard drive. No matter how much space you’ve got, and no matter how roomy it felt when it was new, you’ve run out of space. This is also known as Murphy’s Fourth Law of Computers, “Disks are always full. It is futile to try to get more disk space. Data expands to fill any void.”
I have to imagine that Samsung is testing that theory with their brand new solid state drive, the Samsung PM1633a SSD. It weighs in at a massive 15.36 terabytes (or 15,360,000,000,000 bytes) of storage, with a sequential read and write performance of up to 1200 MB/s and 900 MB/s, respectively.
As with everything else, with great power comes great responsibility or at least great price and the PM1633a is no exception. The solid state drive will run you around a cool $10,000 with SlashGear reporting that CDW is asking for $10,311.99, while SHI is retailing the exact same drive for almost $1,000.00 less at $9,690.00.
If money is no issue to you, and you still think that you can fill 15.36 TB easily, then maybe you should consider the fact that your standard 42U server storage rack cabinet, filled to capacity with these drives, will give you a jaw-dropping total of 15,482.88 TB of storage, or over 15 petabytes (15,482,880,000,000,000 bytes). Of course you’ll have to shell out $10,080,000 in order to have that amount of space available to you, and it boggles the mind that it’s even possible.
Of course, the PM1633a is primarily designed for enterprise customers, but there’s no reason that you can’t just purchase one for yourself, as long as you can afford the steep price tag — editing 8K video will take up a lot of space. If it’s out of your price range, don’t fret, as you can still purchase a 7.68TB version for around $5,729.99. Samsung also has 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, and 3.84TB models available at more reasonable prices. Here are the technical specifications:
|Samsung PM1633a SSD General Specifications|
|Capacity||480 GB, 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB, 7.68 TB, 15.36 TB|
|Controller||Samsung proprietary controller|
|NAND||Samsung’s 256 Gb 48-layer TLC NAND|
|DRAM Cache||up to 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM (15.36 TB model)|
|Sequential Read||1200 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||900 MB/s|
|Random Read||up to 195,000 IOPS (15.36 TB model)|
|Random Write||up to 31,000 IOPS (15.36 TB model)|
|Power Consumption (active/idle)||11W/4.5W (15.36 TB model)|
|Endurance||1 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day)|
|Power Loss Protection||Based on tantalum capacitors|
|Interface and Form-Factor||2.5″/15mm SAS-12 Gbps (15.36 TB model)|