32 TB SSD drive
2018-08-10
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SSD 32 TB, the highest density in the world according to Intel
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Intel has presented what they claim is the "highest density SSD unit in the world", this because it has 32 TB capacity in a space of just 30.5 x 3.8 x 0.8 centimeters, that is, something very similar to a rule of 30 centimeters.

It is necessary to clarify that the objective of this new unit is to reach the data centers exclusively and our PCs, besides that its form factor makes it ideal to take advantage of the space, so it is not intended for the general public.

The Intel SSD DC P4500 is built under the famous 3D NAND architecture, where 64 layers of memory cells are stacked, one on top of the other, to obtain that storage capacity of up to 32 TB.

Intel mentions that this SSD unit only needs half the airflow required by a hard drive, which would mean less noise and energy consumption, in addition to requiring fewer components. On the other hand, and thanks to its form factor, 32 of these units would fit perfectly in the slot of a standard size server, that is, it could have up to one petabyte (PB) of storage per slot.

If we translate the above to figures, and according to Intel, this means that these 3D NAND SSDs will require only 10% of the power that would use 1 PB of hard drives, and will only occupy 5% of the physical space.

Intel has not mentioned the price that each of these units will have, but we know that upgrading a data center to SSD storage is not cheap at all. However, Intel says a data center based on these units would be one-twentieth the size of a traditional data farm. In addition, it would be more economical to maintain and refrigerate.
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