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Storage Virtualization

New Flash Module From Hitachi Delivers Superior Performance, Capacity and Reliability for Enterprise Workloads

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., (TSE: 6501), today unveiled Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage. This new flash module is built specifically for the most demanding enterprise-class workloads. Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage features a custom-designed, rack-optimized form factor and innovative flash memory controller technology from Hitachi, Ltd. These features let the module achieve higher performance, lower cost per bit and greater capacity compared to conventional solid-state drives (SSDs) on the market today. Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage is available now for the industry’s leading enterprise solution, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). Now customers can realize a superior return on their flash investment with lower operating expenses. Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage is the first product to incorporate the recently introduced flash memory controller from Hitachi, Ltd., and today’s announcement marks the next phase of the Hitachi Data Systems flash strategy and roadmap first announced in August.

“Today’s announcement is a milestone achievement in how flash technology will be used in the enterprise data center moving forward,” said Roberto Basilio, vice president, Infrastructure Platforms Product Management, Hitachi Data Systems. “Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage is the first flash device that is optimized for the performance and reliability required for mission-critical applications. These applications include OLTP databases, ERP, financial data management, metadata and indexing. Because of the innovative multi-core flash controller technology from Hitachi, we are able to use multi-level cell (MLC) flash in enterprise applications by extending MLC endurance and exceeding the performance of single-level cell (SLC) flash. The result is the lowest cost per bit of any enterprise MLC flash solution on the market today.”

Flash technology has become more pervasive in the data center over the past few years. However, its widespread adoption as a mainstream storage option has been hampered by high costs, limited endurance and sub-optimal write performance. IT organizations have been forced to make tradeoffs in performance and capacity to reach the cost points that their shrinking budgets can accommodate. Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage fundamentally changes this model by eliminating these tradeoffs and answering customer demands for high capacity and performance at the lowest cost per bit. It changes the model by leveraging advanced Hitachi controller technology to increase the performance of MLC flash to levels that exceed those of more costly SLC flash. It also extends MLC flash endurance to enterprise levels. Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage delivers the performance, cost points, capacity and environmental characteristics that customers desire and that alternative solid-state storage options cannot match.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage introduces several unique capabilities including inline write compression that speeds writes on flash and improves MLC flash memory endurance. When compared to 400GB MLC SSDs, Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage features 4 times better performance, improved environmental characteristics (power and space), and up to 46 percent lower cost per bit. To provide customers with even more capacity cost savings, Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage is fully compatible with all Hitachi VSP features, including Hitachi Dynamic Tiering (HDT). This capability lets the system automatically optimize data placement by putting the most active data on Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage when the highest performance is required, and placing less-active data on cost-optimized, lower performance disk.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage fits into a new 8U flash chassis. Each enclosure can scale from 6.4TB up to 76.8TB of flash storage, giving it 2 times greater density than the largest MLC SSD available today. Up to 4 flash enclosures can be housed in Hitachi VSP, enabling more than 300TB of flash per system. This deployment gives existing Hitachi VSP customers the flexibility to architect cost-effective, tiered storage environments with HDT that address the most demanding performance workloads. Customers can do this while maintaining the same storage management environment, external storage virtualization support, superior uptime and advanced functionality they are accustomed to from Hitachi VSP.

The Hitachi Data Systems flash roadmap spans across servers, storage and appliances to enable compute acceleration, caching and high-performance storage media use cases. Hitachi Data Systems will continue to expand its roadmap with additional flash-optimized solutions that are highly efficient, available and resilient. These new solutions will improve customers’ return on flash investments and lower operating expenses compared to alternative or single-purpose flash products.

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Hardware Storage Virtualization

New SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD Drive Big Data, Virtualization Initiatives

VMworld US 2012
Booth 219 South Hall
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the SSDNow E100 SSD, the company’s new enterprise-class solid state drive (SSD). The new drive enables enterprises to accommodate the performance demands required in support of big data and virtualization initiatives. The new Kingston® E100 SSD achieves up to 10X improvements in endurance and reliability over client SSDs on existing hardware, while drastically reducing the physical footprint as significantly fewer SSDs are needed to handle the tasks of many traditional hard-disk drives (HDD).

The performance and processing requirements required in the rapid analysis of massive data sets and large collections of virtual systems have pushed many servers far beyond their breaking point. The next generation E100 SSD provides vastly higher IOPS compared to HDDs, dramatically reducing processing bottlenecks, computer latency and physical system limitations.

In a recent virtualized database performance test that compared Kingston’s Enterprise SSD with traditional HDDs, the review “found that replacing a solution consisting of a server with an external chassis containing 24 HDDs with only six internal SSDs increased total database performance by up to 91.8 percent.” The amount of power consumed “while idle and while running database workloads for both revealed that Kingston’s SSDs used up to 51.0 percent less power than the HDDs, and increased performance per watt by a staggering 184.2 percent.”

“Companies worldwide have come to depend on Kingston server memory for reliability and performance,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “We are proud to introduce the SSDNow E100 enterprise-class SSD to help organizations handle such initiatives as big data and virtualized environments. The drive’s higher endurance and reliability, along with higher IOPS make it an integral part of a datacenter where uninterrupted 24/7 operation is mission critical.”

The new enterprise-class SSDNow E100 SSD is shipping immediately and is available in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB capacities. It is backed by a three-year warranty and free technical support.

Kingston will showcase the SSDNow E100 SSD at VMWorld in San Francisco, Calif., from August 26 to 30. Visit Kingston in Moscone Center Booth 219 South Hall.

Kingston E100 SSD Features and Specifications:

Performance: higher IOPS for multi-user environments
Endurance: Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraClass™ Technology
Dependable: RAISE™ for advanced data reliability
Secure: self-encrypting drive
Durable: DuraWrite optimizes writes to extend endurance
Warranty/support: three-year warranty with free technical support
Form factor: 2.5″
Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s), SATA Rev. 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)
Capacities1: 100GB, 200GB, 400GB

Sequential Reads2:
SATA Rev. 3.0 — 100GB, 200GB, & 400GB – up to 535MB/s
SATA Rev. 2.0 — 100GB, 200GB, & 400GB – up to 270MB/s

Sequential Writes2:
SATA Rev. 3.0 — 100GB, 200GB, & 400GB – up to 500MB/s
SATA Rev. 2.0 — 100GB & 200GB – 255MB/s, 400GB – up to 260MB/s

Sustained Random 4k Read/Write2:
100GB – 47,000/81,000 IOPS
200GB – 59,000/72,000 IOPS
400GB – 52,000/37,000 IOPS

Maximum Random 4k Read/Write2:
100GB – 55,000/83,000 IOPS
200GB – 59,000/73,000 IOPS
400GB – 52,000/37,000 IOPS

Enterprise SMART Tools: Reliability Tracking, Usage Statistics, Life Remaining, Wear Leveling, Temperature, Drive Life Protection

Power Consumption:
100GB — 0.5W (TYP) Idle / 1.2W (TYP) Read / 2.7W (TYP) Write
200GB — 0.5W (TYP) Idle / 1.2W (TYP) Read / 3.1W (TYP) Write
400GB — 0.5W (TYP) Idle / 1.2W (TYP) Read / 5.0W (TYP) Write

Dimensions: 69.9mm x 100mm x 7mm
Weight: 96.6 grams
Storage temperature: -40 ~ 85°C
Operating temperature: 0 ~ 70°C
TRIM Not supported
MTBF: 10,000,000 Hrs
Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
100GB – 428TB
200GB – 857TB
400GB – 1714TB

Test System: Intel® C600 Romley Server Platform

1 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash Guide at kingston.com/flash_memory_guide.

2 Based on “out-of-box performance” with IOMeter08. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, and usage.

3 Total Bytes Written (TBW) refers to how much total data can be written to an SSD for a given workload before the drive reaches its endurance limits.

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Hardware

IDT Introduces Industry’s First NVM Express Enterprise Flash Controller

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT®) (NASDAQ: IDTI), the Analog and Digital Company™ delivering essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions, today announced the industry’s first NVM Express (NVMe) enterprise flash memory controller with native support for PCIe® Gen 3. IDT’s NVMe flash controller family provides a standards-based solid-state drive (SSD) solution, enabling storage and server original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to overcome latency and throughput bottlenecks inherent to legacy SAS/SATA-based SSD designs.

IDT’s new flash memory controller family consists of two versions: 16-channel with PCIe x4 Gen 3 (89HF16P04AG3) and 32-channel with PCIe x8 Gen 3 (89HF32P08AG3). The flash controllers are designed to fully comply with the NVMe standard – a standard that defines an optimized register interface, command set, and feature set for PCIe SSDs. The goal of the standard is to help enable the broad adoption of PCIe-based SSDs, and to provide a scalable interface that realizes the performance potential of SSD technology now and into the future. This eliminates the need for OEMs to qualify multiple SSD drivers, facilitating the widespread use of PCIe SSDs and helping bring to market dramatic improvements in storage latency, throughput, power consumption and cost.

“As a founding member of the NVMe promoter group and developer of the world’s first PCIe enterprise flash controller announced last year, IDT is leading the charge in PCIe-based flash controller innovation,” said Kam Eshghi, senior director of marketing of the Enterprise Computing Division of IDT. “For many data center applications, NAND flash read and write speeds are exceeding the capabilities of legacy SAS/SATA interconnects. IDT has developed a family of NVMe-compliant PCIe flash controllers that dramatically boost the number of random I/O operations per second (IOPS) that a system can process, while concurrently reducing latency, power and cost by eliminating the traditional storage infrastructure. Early traction and other positive indicators suggest a rapid proliferation of this technology, and IDT is ready to support it.”

“NVM Express delivers a critical building block for the broad adoption of PCIe-based SSD solutions,” said Amber Huffman, senior principal engineer in the Storage Technologies Group at Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and chairperson for the NVM Express Workgroup. “IDT is an early adopter and contributor to the PCIe and NVMe ecosystem. We’re pleased to see NVMe SSD controller products shipping from companies like IDT as part of a growing NVMe ecosystem enabling next-generation PCIe SSD designs.”

“The enterprise SSD market is expected to undergo tremendous growth, comprising approximately half of the total SSD market sales in 2012,” said Joseph Unsworth, research vice president at Gartner. “By 2015, we expect the PCIe enterprise controller market to more than quadruple to nearly 3.5 million units. Companies who can deliver fully functional high-performance controller solutions will be best positioned to penetrate the market opportunity.”

IDT’s PCIe flash controllers are sold to enterprise SSD developers who manufacture standards-based NVMe SSDs with PCIe Gen 3 or Gen 2 host interfaces. These SSDs are then used in enterprise-class centralized storage systems, server caching applications, and other systems requiring high-performance storage drives. End users deploy these PCIe SSD-based systems in their data centers for cloud computing and business-critical applications, such as online transaction processing, financial data processing, database mining and any other applications that are sensitive to storage performance.

In addition to fully supporting the PCIe Gen3 host interface for maximum throughput, IDT’s flash controllers are fully programmable, enabling customers to differentiate their solutions with custom firmware that leverages IDT’s reference firmware. Moreover, IDT’s product family is architected to maximize random storage I/O performance – a critical requirement driven by multi-core CPU designs and virtualization. The flash controllers also support enterprise-class features, including advanced encryption, data integrity and reliability features.

Availability
The IDT 89HF16P04AG3 and 89HF32P08AG3 are currently sampling to qualified customers and are available in a 27 x 27 mm FCBGA and 40 x 40 mm FCBGA, respectively.

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Storage Virtualization

Innovative Virtual Cache Solution Using SSDs to Increase Virtual Machine Density

VMworld US 2012: Proximal Data, the leading provider of server-side caching solutions for virtualized environments, today announced a technology collaboration with Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), one of the world’s leading providers of advanced enterprise flash storage. Proximal Data’s AutoCache™ fast virtual cache software, when combined with Micron’s P400e SATA and P320h PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs), eliminates I/O bottlenecks in virtualized servers and increases virtual machine (VM) density up to three times.

“With our combined solutions, Proximal Data and Micron are changing the face of the virtualized enterprise data center and delivering a unique new solution for maximizing virtual machine density and performance,” said Ed Doller, vice president and general manager of Micron’s enterprise SSD Division. “Customers using Proximal Data’s AutoCache software with Micron’s P400e SATA or P320h PCIe solutions will dramatically improve their ability to support more business applications in virtualized environments while realizing the benefits of greater storage performance, endurance and data reliability.”

“By supporting Micron’s leading enterprise solid-state storage, we are providing enterprises with higher levels of efficiency in how their virtual machines process storage I/O. As a result, they can get more out of their virtualized servers and lower their total cost of ownership,” said Rory Bolt, CEO of Proximal Data. “With AutoCache, we offer a next-generation solution in server virtualization optimization, focused on improving virtual machine density and performance without increasing latency or impacting IT operations.”

Proximal Data’s recently announced AutoCache software works seamlessly within a hypervisor such as VMware ESXi to increase VM density up to three times with absolutely no impact on IT operations. AutoCache also does not require agents in guest operating systems. AutoCache places hot I/O into the Micron flash device to intelligently supply priority data traffic to all VMs. By removing the I/O bottleneck, VM density can be increased and efficiency is improved while minimizing system resource usage. This frees up CPU capacity to support more business applications. AutoCache is also integrated within VMware management environments (vCenter, vSphere) and does not impact processes such as those conducted by vMotion.

Micron’s P400e SATA SSD provides reliable high performance for read-intensive applications and serves as a primary drive in applications that need advanced endurance and data reliability. Micron’s P320h is a low-latency, high-IOPS PCIe SSD providing the highest read throughput in the industry and the ideal solution for optimizing applications with heavy read access. Both drives feature high lifetime endurance, enterprise-level data protection and outstanding power efficiency.

Proximal Data will be exhibiting at VMworld 2012 (Booth# 522), Aug. 26-30 in San Francisco, where they will be raffling a Micron P400e drive.

Micron will also be exhibiting at VMworld 2012 (Booth# 2430).

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Storage Virtualization

Intel SSD 910 Series Delivers High Performance and Reliability for Data Center Tiering and Caching

Intel introduced today the Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series (Intel® SSD 910 Series), a super high-performing SSD to address rigorous data center storage demands driven by cloud computing, virtualization and online transactions.

  • PCIe-based 400GB and 800GB Intel SSD 910 Series provides extreme performance, endurance and reliability for rigorous data center demands.
  • Intel SSD 910 Series offers easy-to-install, seamless post-deployment server storage upgrade with no changes to existing server design.
  • Using Intel High Endurance Technology, Intel SSD 910 offers 10 full drive writes a day for 5 years for 30x endurance.*

The Intel SSD 910 Series delivers accelerated storage performance, endurance and reliability critical to today’s data center performance applications. It includes Intel High Endurance Technology and optimized multi-level cell (MLC) 25-nanometer NAND flash memory, that allows up to 10 full drive writes a day for 5 years, or a 30x endurance improvement* over its standard MLC-based flash products, for a cost-effective storage solution.

The Intel SSD 910 is PCIe-based and offers an easy-to-install, seamless post-deployment server storage upgrade that requires no changes to existing server design. It can be used in storage tiering and caching of hot files for high-performance processing and access to mission-critical data. One Intel 910 SSD can replace multiple 15K rpm hard disk drives (HDDs) to not only save on space and power consumption, but also improve sequential performance and storage scalability and reduce latencies. It is built using an Intel controller and Intel SSD management firmware. The firmware is optimized for less wear and includes NAND error reduction and system error management.

“The Intel SSD 910 Series is a complete solution that delivers on all fronts: high performance, endurance and reliability, making it ideal for replacing I/O-intensive HDDs,” said Roger Peene, director of data center SSD marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “As a leader in SSD technology, data center IT professionals can have confidence in a tier-one, easy-to-install SSD solution backed by Intel quality, reliability and technical support.”

“Supermicro works closely with leading technology companies so we can offer our customers Data Center Optimized (DCO) server solutions with the highest performance and highest efficiency,” said Tau Leng, general manager of High Performance Computing at Super Micro Computer Inc. “With the Intel SSD 910, server systems can achieve higher levels of CPU utilization to take advantage of increased processing power from advanced products like the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Series. This is yet another example of working with Intel to test and qualify products, so we can lower our customers’ total cost of ownership and reduce their time-to-market.”

The Intel SSD 910 Series expands Intel’s offerings for data center applications with its first entry in the 900 family of its highest-performing, PCIe-based SSDs. The Intel SSD 900 Family joins Intel’s other high-volume SSD solutions for the data center including the Intel 700 SSD Family of SATA-based SSDs with High Endurance Technology and the Intel SSD 300 Family of SATA SSDs for a broad range of server and storage applications.

Performance measures of the Intel SSD 910 Series 800GB drive include 2 gigabytes-per-second (GB/s) sustained sequential reads and 1GB/s sequential writes; up to 180,000 4K random read Input-Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and 75,000 4K random write IOPS. It comes in 400GB and 800GB capacities. Samples are now available for data center customers to begin quality and validation cycles. General production availability is scheduled for mid-2012.

Pricing for the Intel SSD 910 Series is $1,929 for the 400GB capacity and $3,859 for 800GB. It comes with a 5-year limited warranty. See full warranty details at: www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/sb/CS-029645.htm

*Based on 8K random writes and comparing Intel HET SSD solutions to SSD solutions based on standard Intel MLC NAND flash memory.

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Storage Virtualization

Texas Memory Systems Introduces RamSan-80 Bundle for Server-side Caching

Texas Memory Systems, Inc., provider of The World’s Fastest Storage®, today introduced the RamSan-80, a 450GB eMLC PCIe board integrated with NEVEX Virtual Technologies’ CacheWorks software to deliver an unbeatable solution for virtualized applications that accelerates IO-intense applications and alleviates latency caused by slow performing hard disks in backend storage.

The RamSan-80 is Texas Memory Systems’ first integrated solution combining RamSan hardware and application server software released as the result of a recent partnership between TMS and NEVEX, a Toronto-based developer of application optimized caching software. The eMLC-based PCIe Flash is an affordable card that can be used with a wide range of servers. It offers organizations a fast, direct connection to memory resources that minimizes latency issues caused by disk or RAID controllers, network protocols, switches, as well as additional hardware and software involved in both NAS and SAN topologies. NEVEX CacheWorks optimizes virtual application performance and leverages the Windows memory cache to make better use of existing storage capacity, allowing I/O-intense applications to run up to 5X faster.

“Test results clearly demonstrated that this new hardware-software combination was able to supercharge the performance of VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual applications with impressive IOPS and sustain throughput for even the most data-intense business environments,” said Steven Lamb, NEVEX CEO. “We were pleased to work with TMS to develop an integrated solution that enables organizations to reduce their storage latency with Flash performance and avoid the costs traditionally associated with such systems. Caching to Flash on the server is a revolutionary approach to the way data is stored.”

“The RamSan-80 is an eMLC alternative to SLC Flash, designed for applications that do not require the same write endurance. It operates at industry-leading low latency (~30 µs), similar to the SLC-based RamSan-70 PCIe card but at a fraction of the cost per capacity. It’s an ideal solution that delivers leading-edge business value at an incredible ROI,” said Dan Scheel, President of Texas Memory Systems. “By integrating NEVEX’s application optimization cache software we are able to offer organizations fast performance and solid reliability that ensures applications do not face the latency issues inherent with other Flash and disk-based storage products on the market today. The RamSan-80 is a winning combination for our customers.”

According to George Crump, founder of Storage Switzerland, “The RamSan-80 brings a new level of reliability and speed to market with the RamSan eMLC card and the NEVEX application optimized software for virtualization. This bundle answers the demand we hear constantly from users when it comes to Flash implementation — bring down the price and complexity.”

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Storage Virtualization

DataCore Software Targets Volume Resellers, System Integrators, SSD Vendors and System Builders with Fast-Start Business Development Programs

DataCore Software, the storage hypervisor leader and premier provider of storage virtualization software, announced a number of new business development initiatives to expand its base of volume resellers, system integrators, solid state disc (SSD) vendors and appliance system builders selling its solutions. To help its partners quickly take advantage of lucrative, burgeoning opportunities in storage, DataCore is providing access to the foremost software of its kind – the storage hypervisor – along with the tools, programs and organization necessary to rapidly extend and transform existing product offerings into compelling solutions.

Highlights of the fast-start program include rapid configuration wizards and guides to simplify product installation and deployment, accompanied by new interfaces for value-add integrations. New sales playbooks have also been developed to help partners open new accounts and quickly ramp up their business. Additionally, DataCore has put the right people and organizational components in place to make the program a success. This includes a newly created centralized Business Development Team that helps guide, support, and work with larger system integrators, server and SSD vendors, and system builders looking to incorporate a storage hypervisor into their solution portfolio.

Organizations can realize tremendous value from virtualizing storage and achieving maximum use of existing investments, including direct-attached storage (DAS), storage area network (SAN) and SSDs. The new DataCore™ initiatives makes it simple for partners to use the SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor to add value to and leverage existing infrastructure, including popular server hardware made by Dell, Intel, Super Micro, Fujitsu, IBM, HP, and new SSD and flash memory devices.

DataCore is committed to working with partners to build an ecosystem of appliance-focused, value-add versions of its storage hypervisor that meet their individual customer needs. As a result, integrators and resellers can quickly see market opportunities and increase volume sales by offering complete, pre-configured, out-of-the-box storage management and SAN solutions, powered by SANsymphony™-V, which are easily to deploy in leading management platforms such as Microsoft System Center.

“By giving specialized appliance and system resellers the ability to expand their areas of expertise and service into the storage world, DataCore is enabling them to broaden their ongoing revenue streams,” said Chris Ilg, Director of Market Research, Infrastructure Channels and Alliances at IDC. “The ease of which the SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor integrates with top selling hardware – coupled with the support DataCore provides – simplifies the sales process and allows partners to easily introduce customers to the great productivity benefits and cost savings that a storage virtualization solution can bring to virtual desktops, virtual data centers and private clouds.”

SANsymphony-V provides open application program interfaces (APIs), supports application to backup facilities such as Microsoft VSS (volume shadow copy service), and Windows PowerShell advanced scripting support for even greater management system integration. Built-in wizards and powerful features include automated storage tiering that allows partners to easily customize solutions or add new technology or capabilities (any storage, SSD, flash cards) into the current mix, while also maximizing the price and performance value of current storage assets. With the new tools and SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor, pre-packaged appliance-like solutions can be easily created to meet a wide range of needs or combined to manage an entire storage infrastructure encompassing both virtual and physical assets.

DataCore also announced today a number of enhancements to its Global Partner Program, simplifying the entire sales process from initial contact to closing to ongoing product support and maintenance.

“Our volume resellers have unique challenges to address. With the new Partner Program enhancements and the tools now available, they can further expand revenue opportunities, while minimizing the time and effort required to market, sell, configure, deliver and install appliance-based solutions,” said Carlos M. Carreras, vice president of alliances and business development at DataCore. “We want to support them by making SANsymphony-V as attractive and simple as possible, enabling end-users to clearly see the great benefits that virtualization technologies and our storage hypervisor hold.”

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SanDisk Acquires FlashSoft

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today extended its enterprise solid state disk drive (SSD) solutions portfolio with the acquisition of FlashSoft, a provider of innovative caching software products. SanDisk intends to sell FlashSoft’s products as standalone software, as well as offer these software products in combination with SanDisk’s growing portfolio of SAS, PCIe and SATA enterprise solutions.

FlashSoft’s software is targeted for Windows, Linux and VMWare platforms, and will form the basis of a growing ecosystem of SSD-optimized software solutions from SanDisk and third party partners, enabling the configuration of complete solutions optimized for the specialized needs of enterprise and cloud customers.

Data center managers face ongoing challenges in achieving balanced application performance as the underlying system resources process data at different rates. As CPU speeds and memory bandwidth have grown rapidly, I/O bottlenecks have begun limiting application performance as data-starved CPUs must wait for overloaded I/O subsystems to deliver application data.

SSD-based caching solutions allow the most frequently accessed data to reside close to the CPU in high-performance flash memory, resulting in dramatic application performance increases. FlashSoft’s software solutions enable flash products, such as SanDisk’s Lightning® Enterprise SSDs and PCIe-based devices, to be configured as high-performance cache for their HDD storage. This allows customers to improve performance with smaller, more cost effective storage configurations and to deploy more virtual machines per server in virtualized environments. SanDisk’s strategy for serving enterprise and cloud customers includes offering optimized hardware and software solutions, as well as partnering with leading ISVs and solution providers to enable customers to mix and match devices and software to optimize for specialized application requirements.

“The acquisition of FlashSoft represents an important step in SanDisk’s strategy of delivering complete SSD and software solutions to enterprise storage customers,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of SanDisk. “FlashSoft’s software products complement our growing family of SAS, PCIe and SATA Enterprise SSDs, and we are pleased to welcome FlashSoft to the SanDisk family.”

The FlashSoft acquisition is expected to be neutral to SanDisk’s earnings in 2012 and accretive in 2013. Additional details of the acquisition were not released.

About FlashSoft
FlashSoft Corporation provides software solutions for Flash Virtualization™ that enable customers to increase application performance and virtualization capability while reducing hardware and operational costs. Its Active Data Management technology uses sophisticated algorithms to observe IO traffic and cache hot data on server-tier SSDs.