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SanDisk® Spins Up New Cloud Storage for the Next Era in Cloud Computing

[Blogger’s note: No Hard Disk Drives were harmed during the writing of this blog]

Mark Twain quoteMark Twain once said: “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

I am almost certain, but not 100% positive, he was referring to those who still believe the next era in cloud computing can be done on hard disk drives.

According to the hard disk drive apologists, all one needs for cloud computing is some spinning platters and some inert monatomic gas.

Video streaming services, cloud-based analytics SaaS, social media content repositories, and file/synch & share personal cloud services are all heavy on storage capacity, data throughput and compute.

In order to deliver these types of storage hungry cloud data services on hard disk drives, service providers must account for many spindles, vast amount of data center floor space, and associated power; service providers pass these costs onto enterprises and to consumer subscriptions.

What if cloud service providers could reduce data center costs and also improve application performance and consumer experiences at the same time? What if app developers were relinquished from the constrained I/O of hard drives?

We believe these scenarios are possible.

SanDisk® has a vision for the next era of cloud computing. A vision where developers will be able to leverage the inherent scale and performance capabilities of flash storage for incredible application performance for enterprises and a new level of consumer apps for entertainment and personal productivity.

Designed and Optimized for Cloud Services

Today, SanDisk announced CloudSpeed Eco™ Gen. II, a two terabyte (TB) SSD designed specifically for cloud data centers. At the 2TB SSD form factor, service providers can aggregate dozens, or hundreds, of these SSDs to achieve the type of extreme scalability and performance required for SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS features and functionality.

CloudSpeed Eco™ Gen. II is inert monatomic gas free, but still has the following attributes:

  • 2 terabyte storage capacity*
  • 530 megabytes per second of sustained throughput
  • 15nm MLC flash technology means SanDisk is able to offer flash storage in a greater density form factor to lower data center costs
  • Power Failure Protection
  • On-board data integrity firmware correction capability
  • Better MTBF than hard disk drives
  • Lower heat, power and cooling requirements

We’re at Computex this week where we are showcasing this new solution – learn more about our activities here.

What do you see as the biggest storage challenges for hyperscale data centers? Let me know in the comments below.

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

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  1. […] CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II SSD will be available for select CSP and SDS customers in August and on a staggered channel release through the Enterprise Channel Partner program. For more information about CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II, visit Additional insights on the value that CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II brings to CSPs and SDS vendors can be viewed in this video or read on the SanDisk Enterprise Blog site. […]

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Chris Marsh
Chris has over twenty years of experience in Silicon Valley with enterprise systems integrators, Internet co-location facilities, application development tool vendors, and enterprise storage vendors.At Western Digital, Chris leads the communication of the Enterprise Storage Solutions portfolio to enterprises, cloud & social media providers, and OEM’s. He highlights how these types of organizations can leverage SanDisk to accelerate Virtualization & Software-Defined Storage solutions, to scale hyperscale and analytic environments, and to quickly deploy next-generation mobility and cloud applications.In his role as Outbound Marketing Manager, Chris enjoys meeting with customers at trade shows, on-site customer visits, and bringing the latest SanDisk solution news through collateral material, blogging and webinars.