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SanDisk and IBM Address Data Center Issues

March 01, 2016

SanDisk Corporation is already well-known provider of flash storage solutions in the consumer space and it looks like the company plans to further cement its position in the enterprise space as well through a recently announced collaboration with IBM. This collaboration will see the two companies release a unique class of next generation, software defined, all-flash storage solutions for the data center.

This agreement will draw specifically on SanDisk’s InfiniFlash System, a high capacity flash-based software defined storage solution that offers extreme performance, coupled with the IBM Spectrum Scale filesystem. Together, these solutions will address common and escalating data center challenges of scale, performance, agility and breakthrough economics.

This is a natural move for IBM, which was declared the global leader in flash storage solid state arrays based on revenue in 2013 by Gartner. According to the report “Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013,” IBM held 25 percent of the global market share in the space during a period of overall market growth. Needless to say, IBM is a believer in the benefits of flash storage in the data center.

“Our initiative with IBM brings the best of both worlds to data centers: breakthrough economics compared to traditional all-flash array deployments, and dramatically higher performance, improved reliability and lower power consumption compared to hard disk drive-based arrays,” said Ravi Swaminathan, vice president and general manager of System and Software Solutions at SanDisk. “These offerings enable customers to economically deploy flash at petabyte-scale, which drive business growth through new services and offerings for their end-customers.”

The InfiniFlash for IBM Spectrum Scale Solution is a scale-out, ultra-dense system that works in tandem with IBM Spectrum Scale, allowing private, hybrid and public cloud customers to enable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) starting small and growing to multiple petabytes. Even on its own, InfiniFlash offers best-in-class cost per IOPS/TB, as well as the ability to scale compute and storage independently while delivering the high reliability and low failure rate of flash storage. The result is unparalleled cost savings.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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