There are tradeoffs for both traditional hard drives and solid-state drives when choosing your computer storage solution. The HDD offers higher capacity and less cost than the SSD. The SSD on the other hand costs more, is much faster, and has smaller capacity than a HDD. The capacity issue is changing with Fixstars rolling out a new 2.5-inch SSD that crams 13TB of storage inside.
The SSD is called the Fixstars SSD-13000M and is claimed to be the largest capacity SSD in the world. Orders were being accepted as of this week and the SSD will ship to buyers in the US in late February. For those wanting lots of capacity in a SSD, but not needing 13TB of storage, Fixstars also launched a similar 10TB SSD.
Both SSDs use the Fixstar proprietary SSD controller giving read speeds up to 540 MB/s and sequential writes up to 520 MB/s. The high capacity solutions are aimed at object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX production, 4K video processing and other use cases.
13TB is enough capacity to store 4.3 hours of uncompressed 60fps 4K video or 823 hours of broadcast quality 4K video. Bring the resolution down to full HD and 13TB will store 1924 hours of video at 29.97 fps.