SanDisk on Tuesday rolled out new enterprise solid state drives with higher capacities and costs that approach traditional spinning disks.
The Flash memory giant, initially known for its smartphone and portable storage, but increasingly seen as a company arming the data center for enterprise big data and in-memory workloads.
SanDisk launched the Optimus MAX 4TB SAS solid state drive (SSD). SAS is Serial Attached SCSI, which is a direct connection between a drive and device. SAS drives can be hot-swapped.
The company is the first to reach 4TB in a SAS SSD. The win for datacenters is that they can continue to use the same drivers they would for their SAS hard drives when adopting SSDS.
In the big picture, the economics and workloads have lined up for a swap from hard disk drives, which are one of the few computing areas where moving parts still remain, to SSDs, which provide faster reads and writes, take up less space, and conserve energy. SSDs are used for hot data and Web content delivery among other uses.
SSDs are one of hottest areas in storage and Micron Technology and SanDisk is eyeing the enterprise. Going upstream to complete systems, everyone from IBM and EMC to NetApp to Fusion-io to up-and-comers like Pure Storage is playing in the space.
According to SanDisk, the Optimus MAX 4TB SAS SSD can handle one to three full drive writes a day.
Meanwhile, SanDisk also launched the Lightning Generation II 12GB/s SAS SSD, which is used for high speed data transfer. The Lightning line includes three flavors — Ultra, Ascend, and Eco. Ultra can handle 25 full drive writes with Ascend delivering 10 and Eco at three.
The company also refreshed its Optimus family of SSDs.