Samsung Outs Massive Enterprise-Class 3.2TB NVMe SSD Featuring 3D V-NAND

Samsung this week announced that it has begun mass producing capacious 3.2-terabyte NVMe PCIe solid state drives (SSDs) based on its 3D V-NAND (Vertical NAND) flash memory technology. Before you run out and empty little Tyler's college fund as you dream of building a dream machine with massive amounts of fancy storage, bear in mind this isn't a consumer product -- Samsung developed this beast for use in high-end enterprise server systems.

The new part (simply called SM1715) comes in a half-height, half-length (HHHL) card-type form factor and is double the capacity of Samsung's previous highest NVMe SSD, which topped out at 1.6TB. It's essentially an upgraded version of the South Korean storage firm's XS1715, at least in terms of performance and reliability.

Samsung SM1715

According to Samsung, the 3.2TB NVMe SSD offers sequential read performance of 3,000MB/s and writes sequentially at up to 2,200MB/s. It's also rated to process random reads at up to 750,000 IOPS and random writes at up to 130,000 IOPS. In terms of reliability, Samsung says the drive is good for 10 writes per day for five years.

"Beginning with mass production of this new V-NAND-based NVMe SSD, which delivers the highest level of performance and density available today, we expect to greatly expand the high-density SSD market," said Jeeho Baek, Vice President, Memory Marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung plans to actively introduce V-NAND-based SSDs with even higher performance, density and reliability in the future, to keep its global customers ahead of their competition."

Samsung's SM1715 comes in 1.6TB and 3.2TB capacities.