SanDisk on Tuesday launched Infiniflash, an all-flash storage platform that aims to bring enterprise costs down to $1 to $2 per gigabyte.
With that price, SanDisk is betting that flash storage can begin to replace hard drives. To date, all-flash arrays have been used for apps that need hot data, or information in real-time.
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Ravi Swaminathan, vice president and general manager at SanDisk, said Infiniflash was concocted with technology growth organically as well as acquired. SanDisk launched its foray into the enterprise market in 2011 and has been building the business ever since.
With its vertical integration as well as its own manufacturing facilities, SanDisk is aiming to bring flash "to more and more use cases," said Swaminathan. At first, SanDisk is expecting Infiniflash to be used for big data, content repositories and media streaming.
SanDisk's approach with Infiniflash is notable on a few fronts. To wit:
Indeed, IDC dubbed Infiniflash a new category of storage---big data flash. SanDisk said it can offer five times the density, 50 times the performance and 4 times the reliability of traditional hard drive arrays.
According to SanDisk, Infiniflash can be configured with up to 64 hot swappable cards with 8TB of flash capacity. The system also supports multiple operating system and storage management tools.
Infiniflash is available immediately.