Seagate Goes For Gold With 60TB SAS SSD Prototype At Flash Memory Summit

If you thought that Samsung’s monstrous 15.3TB PM1633a SAS solid-state drive (SSD) was impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Seagate strutted into the Flash Memory Summit this week touting a new SAS SSD that offers four times the storage capacity of the PM1633a — that’s right, this new enterprise-class SSD has a 60TB capacity.

This 60TB SSD prioritizes maximum capacity over outright speed, and uses a dual-port 12 Gbps SAS interface. Inside the 3.5-inch form-factor SSD you’ll find Micron 3D TLC NAND, a single SSD controller and ONFi bridge chips. Read/write speeds (128KB) are nothing to write home about, at 1,500 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s respectively. Random read IOPS (4KB QD32) are rated at 150,000.

Even though those performance numbers are hardly a match for the fastest NVMe SSDs, they absolutely trounce what’s possible with the fastest hard drives available in the enterprise market. That’s not even accounting for the huge storage capacity advantage and power savings afforded by this SSD. These advantages of course come at the expense of pricing. The 15.3TB Samsung PM1633a is priced at $10,311.99 over at CDW. Given Seagate’s 4x capacity advantage, you do the math on how much this drive will cost when it reaches production.

“If anything is certain, it’s the fact that across industries, the limits of data growth are boundless. Seagate is committed to staying on top of this growth and, in turn, ever-changing customer needs, and providing new and varied technologies to help customers stay ahead of the data management curve,” said Brett Pemble, Seagate GM and VP of SSDs. “New products like the 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD and 60TB SAS SSD are testament to that.”

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Seagate Nytro XP7200

Samsung also gave a name to an SSD that it first announced back in March. The Nytro XP7200 is comprised of four Nytro XM1440 NVMe M.2 SSDs and is available in 3.8GB and 7.7TB capacities. Sequential writes are pegged at 3,600 MB/s, while the sequential writes ring at an eye-popping 10,000 MB/s.

Seagate’s 60TB SAS SSD will ship some time in 2017, while the Nytro XP7200 will be available through channel partners in the fourth quarter of 2016.