Storage scaler bundles 16 SSDs into a single card
How many M.2 disks are too many M.2 disks? That’s a question this Apex Storage Kickstarter project (as Hackster noticed) attempts to answer: The Storage Scaler crams 16 SATA M.2 drives onto a PCIe card.
The crowdfunding campaign still has 25 days at the time of writing and has hit about one-sixth of its goal. What you get for your money, with the usual crowdfunding caveats, is a PCIe card with space for 16 M.2 keys. These SATA drives then communicate with the host PC through four SFF-8643 SATA connectors, for a total of 16 6 Gbps connections. Power comes from the PCIe x4 slot the card sits in, as well as a six-pin power supply from the PSU of the type often used to power graphics cards.
It requires an external SATA HBA or RAID card to function, as it does not have a built-in drive controller. In RAID mode, it offers up to 7377MB / s read and 5712MB / s write. In HBA mode, it can be configured as software RAID, JBOD, or as individual disks through operating system disk management.
Potential applications include high-resolution video editing, storage caching, and mining of storage-based cryptocurrencies such as Chia. By using SATA drives rather than NVME, the hope is to reduce costs and increase yields.
Orders are expected to start shipping in October. Remember that crowdfunding a project is not a guarantee of receiving a finished product. Supporting a crowdfunded project is like an investment, you believe in the project and want it to be successful. You are not buying a product at retail.