Month: March 2016

15.36 TB SSD enough for you?

Samsung are now shipping the 15.36TB SSD hard drive in the form of a 2.5″ drive.

Certainly, in the world of home computing 15TB is a bloody lot of data storage. For a business, not so much. But in a SAN along with 10 more of these you’ve got yourself some very fast storage for a small business. I think I would have a mechanical array that is of the same size (in TB) so I can back the SSD back to a mech drive. Not that I don’t trust the SSD, far from it, my main machine has 2 of them. Backup data is a must.

Flashpoints for the PM1633a:
12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
“3D” storage
The 15.36TB PM1633a drive supports 1 DWPD (drive writes per day
Sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,200MB/s.
Random read and write speeds of up to 200,000 and 32,000 IOPS respectively

From the news release:

The unprecedented 15.36TB of data storage on a single SSD is enabled by combining 512 of Samsung’s 256Gb V-NAND memory chips. The 256Gb dies are stacked in 16 layers to form a single 512GB package, with a total of 32 NAND flash packages in the 15.36TB drive. Utilizing Samsung’s 3rd generation, 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND technology which stacks cell-arrays in 48 layers, the PM1633a line-up provides significant performance and reliability upgrades from its predecessor, the PM1633, which used Samsung’s 2nd generation, 32-layer, 128Gb V-NAND memory.

Impressive tech! It’ll be great to see this in a commercial setting.

The problem with Ad-blocker software

So, we are quite happy to watch free content. Oh no, a little overlaid image comes up showing us an image for a new perfume, job site or some new car offered to us by various companies. Or maybe we’re distracted by an advert for 20 seconds while we wait for our program to start.
This is how the free content platforms make their money. They show us adverts and then they get revenue. If we all start using ad-blockers then the companies like youtube will lose revenue as the ROI on the advertising campaigns will be a longer period of time or lower monetary value.
This is the problem, if Youtube and other video sites didn’t have that income the free content we take for granted now will dry up, disappear, shrink and we’ll need to start paying for content. Or they’ll invent a new way of putting adverts into the content we watch.
I don’t use ad-blocker software as I do see an advert that is useful from time to time. But I do believe we should just watch them and as long as they don’t become to overbearing then it’s OK.
I do like 4OD now and again, but I do find the adverts on there to be a little too long.
So, don’t use ad-blocker software, unless you really are the impatient type who can’t wait 5 seconds to skip to the video.