Internationally known for its little blue NAND flash memory cards used in digital cameras and phones and for thumb drive-type storage devices, had wanted to move into the enterprise NAND flash business for a long while.
NAND flash storage maker SanDisk (NasdaqGS: SNDK), putting into quick action its May 16 acquisition of Pliant Technology
, on June 20 added six new 2.5-inch solid-state drives to its enterprise-level catalog.
SanDisk, internationally known for its little blue NAND flash memory
cards used in digital cameras and phones and for thumb drive-type
storage devices, had wanted to move into the enterprise NAND flash
business for a long while, and now it is there.
The company expanded its Lightning Enterprise Flash Drive product
line with six new 2.5-inch 6Gb SAS (6 gigabits per second Serial
Attached SCSI) models.
The new drives include three SLC (single-level cell) flash drives with
capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 400GB; and three MLC (multi-level cell)
flash drives with capacities of 200GB, 400GB and 800GB, the company
SanDisk also said June 20 that Hewlett-Packard has qualified and
integrated the new Lightning 6Gb SAS drives into its HP Qualified
storage drive offerings.
The new SLC- and MLC-based drives feature a new Single Firmware Binary
technology that reduces customer qualification time and speeds
time-to-market. These drives feature Write Through Logging (WTL)
technology, which delivers high performance at low queue depths to
avoid volatility that would otherwise require battery back-up or
supercapacitors for protection.
WTL operation is transparent to the host and maintains a predictable
performance profile across different workloads, SanDisk said.
SanDisk's enterprise-class Lightning products are integrated into HP
Qualified storage drives and available to customers on HP ProLiant
The six new 6Gb SAS drives extend the Lighting line to 11 devices,
SanDisk said. SanDisk Lightning drives are available in 2.5-inch and
3.5-inch standard form factors, with capacities ranging from 100GB to