You might not have heard of the Flash Memory Summit being held in Silicon Valley at the moment but the storage drives being revealed will make you wish you were there.

Two of the bigger names in storage, Seagate and Samsung, have unveiled SAS SSDs which tip the scales for storage capacity at 60TB and 32TB, respectively.

Seagate’s data centre dream

Rather than the more traditional 2.5inch form factor we’re accustomed to seeing in SSDs, Seagate has opted for a 3.5inch form factor for its 60TB SAS SSD. The manufacturer says that this is so data centres don’t have to fuss around with different storage form factors.

Seagate claims that this massive drive is twice as dense and four times bigger than, “the next highest-capacity SSD available today”.

That sums up just about all we know about this drive as Seagate was not very forth coming with details surrounding speed. The firm did however, make mention of the fact that this SSD offers the lowest cost per GB for flash memory available today.

The drive is as of time of writing “demonstration technology” and will only be available some time in 2017.

Samsung has stacks on stacks on stacks

Samsung has been leading the charge in terms of SSD storage what with its massive 15.36TB drive announced last year and the widely acclaimed 850 EVO consumer SSDs.

The firm is using its 4th generation of V-NAND flash memory cells to create its new gargantuan 32TB SAS SSD.

The process uses 512 4th gen V-NAND chips stacked 16 layers high to create a 1TB package. Samsung then uses 32 of these packages to create a 32TB SSD. What’s more is that it manages to do this in a 2.5inch form factor.

As too speeds, according to a report by PC World, Samsung senior SSD and storage product manage, Ryan Smith, the drive is faster and more reliable than its 15.36TB SSD. Actual performance will be be revealed by Samsung at a later stage, presumably before it starts production in 2017.

But I can’t use a SAS SSD?

What this means for you and I at home is that the potential exists for smartphone, tablet and notebook manufacturers to cram more storage capacity into the same space they’re currently using.

We say potential because as you might have noticed, both of these drives are SAS SSDs which means they’re designed for use at an enterprise level such as in a data centre.

Both Seagate and Samsung have claimed that thanks to advancements in flash storage, we could be seeing storage drives tipping the scales at 100TB by 2020.

Let’s hope this push to get more storage in the same small spaces continues and soon we have 16 petabytes of storage in our smartphones. We can dream can’t we?

[Via – Samsung / Seagate] [Image – Samsung]
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