SanDisk Targets Cloud Data Center with 2TB SSD

By Pedro Hernandez

SanDisk has its sights set on cloud data center operators. With this week's Computex conference in Taiwan as a backdrop, the company unveiled its second-generation CloudSpeed Eco line of SATA solid-state drives (SSDs).

Packing up to 2 terabytes (TB) of storage, the new SSDs are being billed as high-speed replacements for traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) in cloud environments tasked with handling big, resource-intensive workloads. It's a market SanDisk has some experience in, according to the company's vice president and general manager for the Enterprise Storage Solutions division, John Scaramuzzo.

"As a trusted provider of flash-based solutions for three of the largest cloud service providers, SanDisk understands hyperscale application demands," he said in a statement, hinting that the company's tech is present in all but one of the cloud data centers operated by Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft. "We've designed CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II to deliver better cloud-scale economics with specific features so that cloud service providers can deliver superior customer experiences."

Chris Marsh, a SanDisk Enterprise Storage Solutions marketing manager, wrote in a company blog post that the SSD was "designed specifically for cloud data centers." Countering the capacity argument used by HDD manufacturers, he argued with the "the 2TB SSD form factor, service providers can aggregate dozens, or hundreds, of these SSDs to achieve the type of extreme scalability and performance required for SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS features and functionality."

Those workloads will be driven by SanDisk's 15-nanometer NAND flash chips. CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SSDs will also be made available in 480 GB and 960 GB versions when they go on sale later this year. Currently, the new drives are "sampling with select hyperscale customers," the company claims.

The new SSDs can reach random read and write (4K) speeds of 75,000 and 13,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS), respectively. Sequential read and write throughput is rated at 530 megabytes per second (MBps) and 460 MBps, respectively.

SanDisk also showed off its new Z400s SSD for industrial embedded systems and laptops. Available in mSATA, 2.5-inch SATA and M.2 form factors, along with capacities of up to 256 GB, the company expects the SSDs to find homes in point-of-sale systems, video surveillance and digital signage. Z400s SSDs are able to work continuously for up 1.7 million hours, claims the company.

On the consumer side, the company made a splash with the dime-sized Ultra Fit USB 3.0 flash drive with 128 GB of capacity. The company also announced the Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 256 GB of storage and new Extreme external SSDs with storage capacities of up to 1.92 TB. Targeting professional photographers and videographers, the Extreme 900 is bundled with the newer Type-C "reversible" cable as well as the more common Type-A connector.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on June 05, 2015