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SanDisk Beefs Up CloudSpeed SSD Line

SanDisk Beefs Up CloudSpeed SSD Line
By Jennifer LeClaire

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The new CloudSpeed products debuted at Interop Las Vegas are good evidence that SanDisk can support multiple markets for SSDs. Having a broad spectrum of SSD offerings like those from SanDisk, each of which optimizes a specific aspect of flash, will allow customers to make choices that are tailored to their specific needs, said analyst Mike Karp.
 



Making the most of Interop Las Vegas and Cloud Connect IT Conference and Expo, SanDisk announcing on Monday four new solutions in its CloudSpeed Serial ATA (SATA) line. The new products are: CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco Solid State Drives (SSDs).

The four new CloudSpeed SSDs have one thing in common: a goal to drive business-critical performance for mixed-use, read and write-intensive application workloads common to enterprise data centers and cloud computing environments. SanDisk is combining its flash management Guardian Technology platform with memory technology to deliver 10 full drive writes per day, 19 nanometer-based enterprise SATA SSDs that promise longer-lasting drive operation.

“Organizations in every industry are turning to SSDs to meet the challenges faced by growing volumes of data,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “However, finding a solution that meets the performance and cost needs of your individual environment can be difficult.”

Big Data Speed

Scaramuzzo is convinced the CloudSpeed SATA SSD product family is the answer. One thing is certain, data is growing at breakneck speed. According to Science Daily, about 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated within the last two years. That thrusts enterprises into the era of big data whether they planned to enter or not -- and it also demands new solutions.

It’s no secret that hard disk drive-based data centers built on yesterday’s technologies are feeling the strain of rising performance demands. Traditional data centers simply weren’t built with the required throughput, plus they are large power consumers and not as reliable as SSDs. Organizations are moving quickly to structure data centers that can handle this era of big data.

"We are only at the early stages of becoming a data-driven society that wants instantaneous access to our information,” said Jeff Janukowicz, a research director at IDC. “To deliver real-time or near real-time insight to drive business decisions, organizations worldwide will need to consider high performance storage solutions, such as SSDs, thereby driving demand for these solutions in the coming years.”

SanDisk’s Evidence

We turned to Mike Karp, vice president and principal analyst at Ptak Associates, to get his thoughts on the announcements. He told us the new CloudSpeed products are good evidence that SanDisk can support multiple markets for SSDs.

“Everybody understands that SSDs provide a much higher level of performance and reliability that is the case with mechanical disks, but still, in many respects, SSD’s remain a relatively high price solution,” Karp said. “SanDisk is addressed this issue in several ways with this announcement.”

First, he said, the silicon is based on 19 nanometer technology, which allows for faster speeds across the chip, and provides the manufacturer with the economies that come getting more functional chips out of each wafer. Hopefully, he continued, such economies will be passed along to the buyer.

“Secondly, it is important to remember that when it comes to servers, one size absolutely does not fit all. Disks on some servers are used for relatively few writes but many read operations, whereas others can be expected to accommodate an enormous amount of disk writes,” Karp said. “Having a broad spectrum of offerings, each of which optimizes a specific aspect of flash, will allow customers to make a choice that is tailored to their specific needs.”

The new CloudSpeed SSDs are sampling with select customers and will be available through channel partners sometime in the middle of the second quarter of 2014.
 

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