US govt buys world's biggest Ram disc

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US govt buys world's biggest Ram disc

The US government has just bought what is claimed to be the world's biggest solid state disc from Texas Memory Systems.

The 2.5TB system is "the largest SSD installation in the world be far, without question", said TMS executive vice president Woody Hutsell. The previous biggest one was less than 500GB.

At 2.5TB, it is roughly 10,000 times the size of the Ram in a PC.

The installation site is in Washington DC and the drive will speed up cross-checking across several vast databases, although it has not been revealed which government department needs so much Ram.

A RamSan 320 unit holds up to 64GB of Ramin a 3U rack unit. The US government order is housed in three full-height rack units. There are more than 320 2Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports and the aggregate I/O rate is 36Gbit/s.

Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com

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