SanDisk Goes Enterprise With Six New NAND Flash Drives

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-20 Print this article Print

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 said.

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 servers.

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 800GB.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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