Samsung Introduces a Fail-Proof SSD

Samsung Introduces a Fail-Proof SSD

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Samsung Introduces a Fail-Proof SSD

Samsung's fail-proof technology is available in its 30.72TB PCIe Gen4 SSDs.

Samsung recently introduce to the market a newly engineered solid-state drive with fail-proof technology. This new fail-proof technology allows the SSDs to continue operating even in the chance that the NAND chips within them fail.

The South Korean tech giant announced that this innovative technology is available only in its 30.72TB PCI Express (PCIe) Generation 4 Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD. So, what is the main benefit of this new fail-safe SSD?

The new fail-safe SSD technology allows servers and data centers to save costs. In the past, NAND chip defects typically require whole systems to be powered down when exchanging the faulty SSD or performing routine data backups.

The fail-proof technology senses faulty chips, scans the data within them, and proceeds to transfer that data to normally operating chips.

According to Samsung, the PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD will come in two brands — PM1733 and PM1735 — and will come in two form factors: a 2.5-inch U.2 variant and a HHHL variant, which will have memory capacity ranging from 0.8TB to 30.72TB. 

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But wait there's more!

The latest Samsung PCIe Gen4 SSDs will also include two additional new technologies besides just the fail-proofing feature.

They will also have SSD virtualization software that can divide a single SSD into 64 smaller units. This will allow for multiple users at once and independently. By offering the division of a single SSD into singular independent units, cloud operators have the ability offer more services with the same SSD resources all while decreasing the workload of server CPUs.

Furthermore, the new SSDs will have V-NAND machine learning technology. By utilizing big data, the SSDs will deliver an accurate reading of data through ultra-fast processing by reading the electricity difference between circuits and cells within a NAND level. 

In spite of the recent dip in the memory market Samsung has continued to introduce new products to try and strengthen its position as a market leader. I’m sure we will continue to see new innovative products from them soon.

Understanding the Strengths and Weaknesses of Tape Backup

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Tape as a backup storage solution has played an important role in data storage industry since the 1970s. However, modern storage technology such as cloud offers a practical alternative to tape for long-term storage.

Of the multitude of tape data recovery and tape conversion cases handled each year, the question has emerged about the strengths and weaknesses of different storage formats. In this article, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses f tape storage as we know it.

Strengths of Tape Backup

  • Storage Density – Today’s tape formats offer an extremely large storage capacity in a small cartridge. LTO cartridges allow businesses an easy way to back up enterprise systems without the dedication of entire rooms to server hardware.
  • Dependability – Physical tape cartridges aren’t particularly vulnerable to physical damage or malware attacks. They can safely store data for up to 30 years without experiencing decay or corruption.
  • Low Overhead – The overall cost of tape is less in terms of electricity and administrative expenses.
  • Easy Replication – Enterprise businesses can simply make physical copies of tape backups. In fact, several formats even offer advanced encryption for greater security, improving the utility of each backup.

Weaknesses of Tape Backup

  • Lengthy Access Speeds – Tape formats do not allow for random access to data, but some formats use specialized file systems that allow for reasonably fast access to individual files.
  • High Initial Cost – New tape system installation requires a huge investment. Businesses also need to purchase new media and pay operating costs for system management.
  • Limited Scalability – Tape system scalability is limited by the capacity of the format, even though tapes take up less physical room than hard drives. System upgrades are inevitable.

Conclusion

When deciding whether data tapes are an appropriate backup option for your business, consider whether or not you need to make full system backups on a regular basis, if you can have the ability to regularly update the system, and if you require physical copies of your backup data.