16 TB: Samsung Now Shipping ‘World’s Largest’ Hard Drive

The Korean tech giant on Thursday announced it has started shipping what it calls the “industry’s largest solid state drive”—the 15.36TB “PM1633a” we first heard about in August. To put the size of this thing in perspective, the largest hard drives made by Seagate and Western Digital top out at 8 to 10TB.

Samsung’s PM1633a is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, designed for use in enterprise storage systems. In a statement, Samsung’s Senior Vice President of memory product planning and application engineering, Jung-bae Lee, said Samsung created the drive “to satisfy an increasing market need for ultra-high-capacity SAS SSDs.”

“We are directing our best efforts toward meeting our customers’ SSD requests,” Lee said. “We will continue to lead the industry with next-generation SSDs, using our advanced 3D V-NAND memory technology, in order to accelerate the growth of the premium memory market while delivering greater performance and efficiency to our customers.”

Samsung still has not yet revealed how much the massive drive will set you back, but don’t expect it to come cheap. The company did mention that it will also release 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB, and 480GB versions later this year, so they should be a tad more budget-friendly.

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