Nimbus' 100TB ExaDrive DX100 Triples the World Record Storage Capacity

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 5:23 PM

Seldom a week goes by where some sort of record isn’t broken by solid state drive manufacturers. Nimbus Data is the latest to join the throng, announcing a frankly ridiculous 100TB SSD with three times the storage capacity of any 3.5” storage drive that has come before it. The announcement comes just a month after Samsung announced the world’s largest 30TB SSD, which now looks teeny tiny in comparison.

Nimbus claims the ExaDrive DC100 draws 85% less power per terabyte than its nearest competition. Its 100TB size is large enough for 1,388 copies of Grand Theft Auto V, 20,000 HD movies, or 20 million songs. I’d be very interested if that makes it large enough to store each and every game available on Steam, it’s certainly got to be a close-run thing. Get one of these and you’d never have to worry about storage again.

“As flash memory prices decline, capacity, energy efficiency, and density will become the critical drivers of cost reduction and competitive advantage,” stated 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.”

Naturally, a drive of this size is intended for server usage. It’s capable of 100,000 IOPs read/write and up to 500MB/s throughput. If you’re thinking of getting one of these in your PC then thing again, with the price likely stretching upwards of $10,000. For server farms though, a single rack of these ExaDrve DC100 SSDs could be enough to store 100 petabytes of data. That’s large enough for 200,000 years of continuous music.

With this announcement, traditional hard drives truly have been left for dust, not just in terms of speed but also capacity. For now, the only advantage hard drives hold is the cheaper cost, a cost which becomes negligible when SSDs are now several times larger.

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19:32 Mar-23-2018

It's nice and all but what would happen if you spend 10,000$ on this and it died like a year later that is 10,000$ down the drain.

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05:56 Mar-24-2018

i doubt they would sell it if it has a short lifespan, even if they have to sacrifice speed.

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06:13 Mar-24-2018

You'd be surprised because out of lets say 10 drives they send out about 1 or 2 of them will be faulty soon or later and also we don't know what their policy is on faulty hardware.

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06:49 Mar-24-2018

drives that do NOT pass the quality test are NOT sold and the ones that do NOT pass the quality test are the ones prone to fail.

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20:43 Mar-28-2018

You do know those drives that does fail will pass at first and then later on become faulty because you always see it iin customers reviews on various sites and also tech channels on YouTube i have seen happen where they would go to order the drive online to only find out a few hours later of testing it that it died on them which results to them replacing it for a new one.
Well this is also common knowledge as well Psychoman which anyone that is spent a lot of time around all forms of tech will let you know that is passes first then fails in the future.

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20:44 Mar-28-2018

And the future can be 30 min of use or 1 year of use no one will know which is why i said 1 or 2 out of 10 drives sold will be a faulty one just it is a time bomb type of faulty.

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04:24 Mar-29-2018

The faulty drives that die before their warranty is over usually are drives that the QA missed or did NOT detect, then there are the ones that got damaged during shipping and the only other option is if the design is such that the drive fails before its warranty, which is bad news for the company that makes them.


No company would ever want their product to die within the warranty period(in good countries, where warranty matters, anyway).

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07:45 Mar-24-2018

Thats why they give you guarantee

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14:16 Mar-23-2018

I like ssd but no money to buy

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21:23 Mar-20-2018

even if I start a cloud business and need this much storage, I'd be more comfortable with RAID arrays and an end greater cost just for peace of mind

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20:48 Mar-20-2018

At 100TB 500MB/s is so slow XD

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21:18 Mar-20-2018

I'm surprised it is using a SATA interface, I was more expecting at least a 12Gb/s SAS connection, it's like a 10 terabyte hard drive with a PATA connection

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21:43 Mar-20-2018

yup XD
more like IDE XD

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20:42 Mar-21-2018

I wonder if using 6 high capacity magnetic tape drives in raid 10 would offer similar capacity and sequental performance

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21:45 Mar-21-2018

With a proper controller and maybe higher than a 6 count sure.


They have to develop a technology that can selectively read/write through the layers of magnetic tape, so you don't have to spin it to read/write a specific part of it. That would be totally badass and fast as hell.

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20:43 Mar-20-2018

You can store all your por--- yes i used the same joke twice. Because you literally can.


And ALL your games and ALL your movies and music and you'll still have so much left.

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21:13 Mar-20-2018

And if (or when) the drive fails, you'd lose everything.

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21:26 Mar-20-2018

It's perfect! /s

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22:37 Mar-20-2018

I would love to lose all my data! j/k

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07:43 Mar-24-2018

All your memories

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17:34 Mar-20-2018

"Get one of these and you’d never have to worry about storage again."


For a long time anyway, I'd say 10 - 20 years give or take. However I would not be surprised if one managed to used up that much storage much sooner than that. If you are not careful, you can take up almost all of your storage in seemingly no time flat.

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18:42 Mar-20-2018

Someone's gotta do the math to tell us how much 8K VR 288fps porn fits on that thing

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19:33 Mar-20-2018

Assuming a video length of one hour, an 8K video at 300fps would be 522.07GB.


https://www.dr-lex.be/info-stuff/videocalc.html

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22:45 Mar-20-2018

Depends strongly on the bitrate. My 1080p60 recordings on lossless already have -150 GB per hour.

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22:59 Mar-20-2018

The bit rate for 1080p 60fps does not need to be that high. I know because I used to do gaming videos at 1080p 60fps which had no flaws in quality. Youtube recommends 8Mbps for 30fps and 12mbps for 60fps, mine was set to 15mbps and my gameplay videos which were 3 hours long would be in the 30 - 40GB range. Again, no flaws in quality. I even checked them myself, not the whole 3 hours mind you but enough to be confident.

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23:01 Mar-20-2018

But yes the bitrate for the video would need to be high due to resolution and framerate, otherwise it will look bad and may even have artifacting.

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13:11 Mar-21-2018

Please tell me where to download 4k porn for free, or I'll consider they don't exist.

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19:19 Mar-21-2018

You would have to look for that yourself as I don't do porn.

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19:25 Mar-20-2018

I remember my first PC. They said it had all the storage you would ever need, a full 128MB. To be fair it was when most PCs still only had floppy drives.

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11:34 Mar-23-2018

Bluesblabber You know this site isn't called porn debate right.

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