Nimbus Data Develops World’s Largest Solid-State Drive

Today’s topics include Nimbus Data previewing the world’s largest solid-state drive, at 100TB, and Google changing its web ad policies to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. 

Last week, flash drive maker Nimbus Data introduced its ExaDrive DC100, the largest-capacity solid-state drive ever produced. The drive has a 100TB capacity—more than three times the 32TB capacity of closest competitors Samsung and SanDisk/WD. 

Nimbus also claims the ExaDrive draws 85 percent less power per terabyte, reducing the total cost of ownership per terabyte by 42 percent compared to competing enterprise SSDs. 

Nimbus CEO and founder Thomas Isakovich said, “As flash memory prices decline, capacity, energy efficiency and density will become the critical drivers of cost reduction and competitive advantage. … The ExaDrive DC100 meets these challenges for both data center and edge applications, offering unmatched capacity in an ultra-low power design.” 

While existing SSDs focus on speed, the DC100 is optimized for capacity and efficiency with its patent-pending multiprocessor architecture. 

Google is changing its ad policies in the European Union to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation that is going into effect May 25. 

Under the new policies, publishers and advertisers that use Google's advertising services in the EU will need to show that users have specifically agreed, or opted-in, to sharing their browsing data. This is unlike opt-out models, where consent is assumed by default. 

Carlo Biondo, Google’s president of EMEA partnerships, said EU privacy law already requires companies like Google to obtain such consent, but that the GDPR further refines these requirements. 

According to Search Engine Land, publishers will be required to maintain records of user consent and provide EU residents with clear opt-out instructions.