SanDisk Corporation has announced that its new CloudSpeed Ultra™ Gen. II SATA SSD for cloud service provider (CSP) and software-defined storage (SDS) vendor environments. Offering up to 1.6TB* of usable capacity, CloudSpeed Ultra™ Gen. II SATA SSD provides the storage performance and density needed for mixed-use, latency-sensitive transactional workloads—such as e-commerce and collaborative online services. Expanding on SanDisk’s existing portfolio of cloud-focused flash solutions, CloudSpeed Ultra™ Gen. II delivers unmatched price/performance leadership at a little over $0.04 per IOPS versus $3.50 per IOPS typically inherent with conventional SATA HDDs. Additionally, CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II serves up to 32,000 4K write IOPS with 530MB/sec throughput [1], and an 80 microseconds random read write latency — delivering 99.9% quality of service (QoS).

“The demand of transaction-oriented applications puts tremendous strain on our cloud service provider customers to architect data center platforms capable of delivering high performance, while keeping infrastructure costs in check,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk. “As a trusted provider of flash storage solutions, SanDisk understands the critical need for cloud elasticity in order to raise customer service levels. With CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II, CSPand SDS companies can provide an exceptional customer experience, while reducing administrative overhead along with the number of servers and software licenses needed to support transaction and analytical databases.”

CSPs continually strive to provide top-notch service levels to enable a seamless customer experience. A recent report by Forrester Research asserts that business leaders demand next-generation applications and new insights to drive more intelligent engagement and better decisions. To get there, enterprise architects need to design an agile technical architecture that can scale automatically with capabilities, such as databases, that are always available to support new initiatives[2]. In order to meet service level agreements (SLAs) during peak operations, CSPs often utilize dozens or hundreds of SSDs in compute clusters to enable the elastic cloud infrastructures needed to handle low-latency, high-performing NoSQL analytics, online transaction processing and collaborative applications. For mixed workloads in massive XaaS (Anything(X)-as-a-Service) environments such as these, price based on storage capacity—i.e. dollar per gigabyte—is no longer a defining feature for assessing IT infrastructure costs vs. dollar per IOPS.

Traditionally, CSPs have aggregated HDDs with caching mechanisms to address transactions and I/O intensive use cases. However, doing so has caused them to incur laborious and manual administrative costs to maintain high performing tiers of IT infrastructure. To effectively meet the performance demands of today’s newer cloud applications, exorbitant numbers of HDDs would need to be coupled with elaborate and costly performance enhancement schemes—causing grossly inefficient use of data center space and resources. CloudSpeed Ultra™ Gen. II is designed with value and performance in mind—delivering a compelling price/performance ratio and unparalleled latency-sensitive workload performance for cloud elasticity that meets today’s cloud-capacity needs while avoiding the server sprawl.

As with all CloudSpeed™ SSDs, CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II SSD includes SanDisk’s innovative Guardian Technology™ Platform, which works to provide a combination of powerful error correction and detection technology, full data path protection and data fail recovery. CloudSpeed Ultra™ Gen. II SSD also comes with a limited five year warranty****.

Visit SanDisk at Flash Memory Summit 2015

Visit SanDisk in booth #207 to see live demos and interact with SanDisk flash technology experts during Flash Memory Summit 2015 taking place August 11-13 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Hear about the next evolution of flash innovation during our CTO, Kevin Conley’s keynote session, “Flash as the Great Disruptor,” on August 11th at 1:30 PM. Learn how new computing requirements like Big Data, mobile technology and IoT are creating a new frontier for the transformative power of flash storage. More members of SanDisk's team will also be speaking throughout the show. Learn about all of our other sessions by clicking here.

*1TB=1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less.

**** Warranty/DWPD – The lesser of 5 years from the date of manufacture of the product or the date on which the product’s relevant endurance threshold set forth in the product specifications are reached.

[1] Performance results are based on internal testing based on 4KB transfer rate. Results and performance may vary according to configurations and systems, including drive capacity, system architecture, server platform, and applications. Full configuration details and measured results are on record. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

[2] Forrester Research, “Market Overview: Database-As-A-Service” by Noel Yuhanna, June 25, 2015 | Updated: July 10, 2015.


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