Until now a 15TB 2.5” SSD was considered massive. Samsung has begun mass production of a 30.72TB SSD called PM1634.

While the average consumer will not buy this, unless video storage is your thing (and this holds 5,700 5GB, full HD movies) what it means is that consumer-based SSDs will see a major price drop and a capacity increase to 8-16GB over the next year or so.

Samsung used its 512Gb V-NAND chips to cram 30.72TB into the 2.5” SSD format.

This breakthrough was made possible by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprising 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips.

It uses 12Gb/s SAS interface to achieve sequential read/write speeds pf 21,000/1,700 MB/s and random speeds of 400,000/50,000 IOPS. It also has 40GB of TSV-DRAM cache.

It has an endurance level of one full drive write per day (DWPD), which translates into writing 30.72TB of data every day over the five-year warranty period without failure. The PM1643 also offers a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours.

“With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.”

Samsung has plans for a 64TB, 2,.5” SSD and potentially a 512TB PCIe NVMe in 2018.

Price- don’t ask but expect upwards of US$20,000