Samsung is a pioneer when it comes to storage devices. It has one of the fastest and dense SSDs in the market. And now Samsung has proved that there is no stopping it. Samsung launched its whopping 8TB SSD for Data Centres. And it has a footprint of only 11cm X 3.05cm.
The 8TB SSD has an NF1 form factor, which utilizes 16 packages of Samsung’s 512 GB NAND Flash. Each of the 512 GB NAND Flash packages is made up of 16 different 256-gigabit 3-bit V-NAND chips. The way Samsung achieves such a high density is that it uses the V-NAND technology. It allows you to stack memory modules vertically, to create more storage space in the same area.
The major overhaul in the largest possible NVMe SSD storage will increase the total possible storage size in servers. Replacing the standard 2.5-inch NVMe SSD, the new 8TB NF1 SSD will allow up to 576TB of storage on existing servers with new 2U racks.
Not just the storage, but performance also received a major upgrade. The NF1 SSD uses an advanced controller with support for NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface. The controller has built-in 12 GB of LPDDR4 DRAM for a latency free and efficient data transfer. The 8 TB SSD has sequential read speeds of 3.1 GBPS and write speeds of 2 GBPS, on par and greater than most smaller-sized PCIe SSDs. It also allows random reads at 500,000 IOPS and random writes at 50000 IOPS.
As for longevity, the 8 TB SSDs are rated for 1.3 drive writes per day, that is essentially equal to erasing and writing over the whole drive 1.3 times in a day.
These ultra-small SSDs with massive storage are the way to go for Data Centres as they allow faster and more reliable read/write of data which is an essential requirement of all data center applications. They are expected to provide greater returns on the investment by giving more value for money. Moreover, Samsung plans to replace the 256 Gb V-NAND chips with 512 Gb V-NAND chips for greater speeds and lesser latency. Technology indeed is moving forward at an astounding pace.