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100TB SSDs to become more affordable as new Micron chip piles more on HDD

Micron has begun production of the first 232-layer NAND chip in sufficient volume to feed storage partners.

It is the first time that a NAND manufacturer has cracked the 200-layer, with the previous top chip, a 176-layer model, last unveiled back in November 2020, a near-32% improvement (or 56 extra layers) in less than two years. Other layer count landmarks included 64, 96 and 128-layer products.


Hard Drive Life Expectancy
Backblaze, July 27th, 2022
For the last several years, we have written about drive failure, or more specifically, the annualized failure rates for the hard drives and SSDs we use for our cloud storage platform. In this post, we'll look at drive failure from a different angle: life expectancy.

By looking at life expectancy, we can answer the question, 'How long is the drive I am buying today expected to last?' This line of thinking matches the way we buy many things. For example, knowing that a washing machine has an annualized failure rate of 4% is academically interesting, but what we really want to know is, 'How long can I expect the washing machine to last before I need to replace it?'

HDD Life Expectancy
StorageNewsletter.com, July 25th, 2022
Purchasing HGST drive at time zero, there is 97% chance that it would still be operational after 6 years, 81% for Seagate drive.

For the last several years, we have written about drive failure, or more specifically, the annualized failure rates for the HDDs and SSDs we use for our cloud storage platform. In this post, we'll look at drive failure from a different angle: life expectancy.

By looking at life expectancy, we can answer the question, 'How long is the drive I am buying today expected to last?' This line of thinking matches the way we buy many things. For example, knowing that a washing machine has an annualized failure rate of 4% is academically interesting, but what we really want to know is, 'How long can I expect the washing machine to last before I need to replace it?'


Try saying 'data storage shortage' five times fast. Hopefully you won't need to say it often in the near future, but with escalating data volumes, planning is key.

With the skyrocketing rate of data growth, it's a wonder how data centers, enterprises and people can store so much information.

Is the storage industry likely to reach a point when a "No Vacancy" sign will hang, telling users that they will need to discard all new data as soon as they generate it? Will users have to discard their history to make room for new data? Or will IT find satisfactory homes for this data deluge? The answer isn't simple.


Seagate says 30TB+ drives will land by mid-2023

Seagate has announced it is targeting mid-2023 for the launch of its first hard disk drives (HDDs) to exceed a capacity of 30TB.

CEO David Mosley explained on its recent earnings call that development is progressing well and Seagate is on track to start shipping its '30TB+ family of drives' to select customers by 'this time next year'.

Although full specifications have not yet been confirmed, the new drives will be based on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, which industry commentators believe will pave the way for HDDs far larger than the current crop.

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