Toshiba has gone ahead and quietly made a 1.6TB and a 3.2TB dual-port ZD6000 NVMe SSD available to OEMs, it was revealed this week after startup company, Apeiron certified them. There is also talk of even higher capacities coming later this year, with future models potentially hitting later this year.
This information reached us from a report on The Register, who spotted that Apeiron, a startup company supplying NVMe over fabric links for businesses, had certified two of Toshiba’s high capacity drives.
The idea behind Apeiron’s SSD is to use a combination of NVMe and Ethernet to move data faster than an internal PCIe-connected drive.
According to Apeiron, Toshiba has higher capacity NVMe SSDs in the pipeline for later this year. Speculation points towards 7TB and 14TB drives but this is entirely unconfirmed for now. It is also worth noting that these aren’t consumer drives, so it will be a while before you can grab a 3.2TB SSD for your standard desktop.
KitGuru Says: A few companies have been making higher capacity SSDs recently, including Samsung. Hopefully we will start to see these higher capacity drives start to trickle down to consumers soon. That said, I do wonder how many people would replace their hard drives entirely if high capacity SSDs came along. Would you replace a large storage HDD with an SSD equivalent? Or would you rather keep a hard drive around for convenience?