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SanDisk Announces New CloudSpeed SSD for Hyperscale Cloud Apps

June 01, 2015

SanDisk has announced a new purpose-built storage device specifically geared toward cloud service providers. The new CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SATA SSD offers up to 2 TB of capacity and delivers a vast storage density with up to three times the streaming bandwidth of hard disk drives (HDDs). This makes it an ideal fit for the cloud computing space and network infrastructure providers who are looking for hyperscale application resources and support.

The new offering is based on 15nm NAND flash and can act as a drop-in replacement for legacy HDDs. With such a small footprint and low cost per square foot, the solution is an ideal fit for hyperscale apps like media streaming, analytics and content repositories.

“Digital business transformation has put tremendous pressure on cloud service providers to deliver massive capacity and performance with increasing cost efficiency,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, enterprise storage solutions, SanDisk. “We’ve

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designed CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II to deliver better cloud-scale economics with specific features so that cloud service providers can deliver superior customer experiences.”

Those features include meeting the needs of cloud service providers offering SaaS, IaaS and PaaS, who are tasked with managing multi-petabytes of data. The CloudSpeed is optimized for read-intensive apps like video on demand, photo sharing and social media content repositories. The flash component works within the existing SATA interface infrastructure for easy installation and management.

Additional benefits include integration with SanDisk’s Guardian Technology Platform to provide powerful error correction and detection. The platform also provides full data path protection along with data fail recovery.

“The compelling value proposition of NAND flash memory, coupled with increasing capacities is enabling wide-spread adoption of SSDs for today’s emerging and demanding cloud requirements,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research director for SSDs and Enabling Technologies at IDC. “More cost-effective SSD solutions based on smaller process technologies such as SanDisk CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II, make SSDs feasible for a growing number of cloud and hyperscale applications, which is helping to propel SSD unit shipments to grow at a 34 percent CAGR between 2013 to 20183.”

The new offering is currently being used by SanDisk hyperscale customers and will initially be available through the company’s ODMs. Enterprise Channel Partners will be able to offer the new SSD later in the year.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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