American flash storage vendor Nimbus Data has launched a traditional 3.5-inch solid state drive (SSD) with 100TB of capacity – the largest storage drive ever made.

The ExaDrive DC100 uses patent-pending multiprocessor architecture to cram more 3D NAND chips into its casing, and as a result, promises space savings, lower power consumption per TB and lower operating costs.

A single server rack of such SSDs can deliver more than 100PB of raw storage capacity – even more if deduplication and compression are applied. And being a SATA drive, the device is compatible with hundreds of existing storage and server platforms.

ExaDrive DC100
ExaDrive DC100 – Nimbus Data

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According to Nimbus Data, the ExaDrive DC100 has been optimized for efficiency – so don’t expect it to break any performance records. On the other hand, the company says additionalcapacity has enabled it to improve flash longevity, so the device is protected by an “unlimited endurance guarantee” for 5 years.

“As flash memory prices decline, capacity, energy efficiency, and density will become the critical drivers of cost reduction and competitive advantage,” said Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data. “The ExaDrive DC100 meets these challenges for both data center and edge applications, offering unmatched capacity in an ultra-low power design.”

The ExaDrive DC100 supports up to 100,000 read and write IOPS and up to 500 MBbs throughput. Nimbus says it draws 85 percent less power per TB, and lowers the TCO by 42 percent “compared to competing enterprise SSDs.”

“The release of such a high capacity flash device that is fully compatible with HDD form factors opens up the opportunity to turbo charge big data platforms while at the same time improving reliability, significantly reducing device count, increasing data mobility, and lowering the TCO of multi-PB scale storage platforms,” commented Eric Burgener, research vice president of Storage at IDC.

The ExaDrive DC100 is currently sampling to strategic customers and will be generally available in summer 2018.