Toshiba is all set to offer 128TB SSDs by 2018. The company believes that the new type of NAND flash memory will not only help in reducing costs of non-volatile memory, but will also enable makers to build solid-state drives with unprecedented capacities.
Toshiba is planning to introduce quad-level cell (QLC) and BiCS (bit cost scalable) 3D NAND flash by 2017, which will greatly reduce costs of non-volatile memory.
Based on this new memory, Toshiba will offer 128TB high capacity solid state drives by early 2018. Such drives will be based on QLC and BiCS NAND flash memory.
However, for datacenters to take the advantage of such high capacity drives, they surely need to upgrade their software.
Toshiba is confident that capacities of solid-state drives will be considerably higher than capacities of leading-edge hard disk drives. Toshiba does not reveal how much a 128TB SSD can cost three years from now, but it is likely that the price of such solid-state drives will be considerably higher than the price of multiple hard disk drives of such capacity.
Hope, the hard drives makers are listening!