Since March 2016, the largest 2.5-inch Solid State Drive (SSD) anyone could buy was one made by Samsung with a capacity of 15 terabytes. Samsung recently announced that it began the mass production of a new SSD with an over 30 terabytes capacity in a press release.
According to Samsung, the new SSD doubles the capacity and performance of its predecessor from the same company. Samsung was able to achieve this capacity by embedding 32 1GB NAND flash memory packages into the SSD. The combined capacity they offer allows for the storing of up to 5700 full HD movies on the disk, assuming an average movie size of 5 gigabytes.
In addition to the increase in capacity, Samsung claims their new SSD will have twice the performance of the previous generation. The company promises the SSD will have a reading speed of 2,100 MB/s and a writing speed of 1,700 MB/s.
While the press release by Samsung makes it clear the new SSD is marketed for enterprise customers, they didn’t hold back boasting about the impact this new technological advancement will have on all markets. “we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide” said Jaesoo Han, the executive vice president of Samsung Electronics’ Memory Sales & Marketing Team.
While this new SSD is definitely good news for the enterprise sector, including providers of cloud storage, it also challenges consumer need for such solutions. The major challenge facing consumer adoption of cloud storage services is the lack of reliable and fast internet connections across different locations without bandwidth limiting. With these hurdles still in place, the potential price drop in cloud storage technological advances in SSD manufacturing will not be enough to reverse consumer’s attitudes towards cloud storage.
Consumer electronics are likely to benefit from the advances in SSD technology more than anyone else. This will meet the increasing demands of smartphones users who continue to seek larger built-in storage capacities. Video game consoles also demand more and more onboard storage to accommodate customer expectations of larger settings and content. The increasing demand for both 4K video and offline viewing capabilities streaming services are met with can also be potentially satisfied with the rapid advancements in storage technology.
In conclusion, the advancements in storage technology might not end the need for cloud storage as backup services. However, it appears their intended role as practical storage is only being further obscured.