Apex Storage X21 Supports 21 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs for 168 TB of Storage in a Single AIC

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Data hoarders who have a ton of money to blow on SSDs may be pleased to know that their options are growing. Apex Storage, a PCIe add-in-card (AIC) design firm based in Utah that prides itself on creating what it says are the industry’s highest storage capacities and densities with industry-leading performance, has launched the X21, an AIC that can support 21 M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs for up to 168 TB or more of super-fast storage. Featuring 31 GBps read/write speeds and 100 PCIe 4.0 lanes, these cards are aimed at machine learning applications but should be compatible with any Intel or AMD system with an open PCIe 3.0/4.0 x16 slot, as noted in a product listing.

Apex Storage X21 Add-In Card Features

  • Host 21 x M.2 Gen 4 NVME SSD’s
  • 168TB+Storage Per Card
  • 31GBps Read/Write Speeds
  • Industry Leading IOPS
  • 100 PCIe 4.0 Lanes
  • Full UEFI/Secure Boot Support

From an Apex Storage listing:

Enabling faster intelligence and access to critical data, the x21 meets the growing demands of Machine Learning applications. Our top-end X21 delivers extreme performance and ultra-low latency to the top tier of enterprise storage. It takes hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system throughput to new levels.

Ability to Create the industries largest high performance NVME arrays on any Windows or Linux operating systems. Both AMD or Intel based system with a dedicated PCIe 3.0/4.0 x16 slot can now take full advantage of the Motherboard Bifurcation support, or specialized software is not required. full advantage of the industry’s fastest and most storage dense storage solution. With 168TB or more of NVME storage capacity per card, you’ll have the storage capacity you need. The X21 is fully backwards compatible with PCIe Gen 3 platforms and NVME Drives, enabling customers to take full advantage of Gen 4 Platform speeds while extending their Gen 3 storage media lifecycle. This means older Gen 3 NVME SSD’s can fully saturate a 16x PCIE 4.0 bus extending product Lifecycle/Performance.

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