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Seagate has built the world’s largest 60TB SSD

Samsung last week announced that it had created the world’s largest SSD, a 15.36TB drive that cost $10,000.

Seagate quadrupled that this week. The company has created a 60TB SAS SSD in a 3.5-inch format that Seagate says should be available sometime in 2017. (The drive will be demoed at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit, a conference that I’m sure is sold out by now.) 60TB is a ridiculous amount of data; a hard drive that size can store 400 million photos or 12,000 movies.

The drive is designed for enterprise use (much like Samsung’s 15TB drive), and will support both hot and cold data, which will let data centers swap out their old 3.5-inch HDD drives for Seagate’s 60TB SSD pretty easily. Seagate says it could potentially scale up storage to 100TB in that same format, which I’m sure doesn’t make Samsung feel any better. But until Seagate releases this monstrous drive next year, Samsung still holds the title for the largest SSD you can buy.

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