This week Cray announced they have expanded the storage options available with their deskside CX1 personal cluster. There are two new storage blade options, an SSD option and a large capacity hard drive option
The large capacity, fixed-drive storage blade accommodates up to 4.5 terabytes of storage per blade. With a configuration that allows for up to four total storage blades, a single Cray CX1 system can accommodate 18 terabytes of total storage. The SSD storage option is available in two sizes — 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes — for a maximum of 256 gigabytes of total SSD storage. SSDs provide customers with faster read/write speeds and faster input/output operations per second than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). Also, SSDs consume less electrical power than HDDs while providing greater reliability due to the absence of moving parts.