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SanDisk Continues to Build Enterprise Momentum for its Flash Acceleration Offerings

SanDisk’s announcement Monday that it has doubled InfiniFlash system performance motivated me to think about the company’s progress in building out an enterprise portfolio, and to realize how far the company has come. Not too long ago, SanDisk was primarily a consumer flash vendor. The market knew SanDisk primarily for its memory cards, USB flash drives and mobile storage devices. Yes, the company launched the very first solid state drive 25 years ago, but its SAS and SATA SSD products have been far less visible than its consumer offerings.

All that has changed over the past five years. During that time, SanDisk has rather quietly built one of the most complete enterprise flash portfolios in the industry. As the result of several shrewd acquisitions and internal technology development, SanDisk enterprise offerings now span from 3D NAND chips to all-flash arrays, and pretty much everything in between. We especially like the company’s FlashSoft caching software, which in combination with a PCIe memory card (provided by SanDisk or not), enables enterprises to dramatically improve application response time through server-side acceleration, without changing their currently deployed storage systems. The strength of SanDisk’s enterprise solutions was no doubt one of the big reasons behind Western Digital’s bid for the company, resulting in a $19 billion merger deal that is expected to close this quarter.

If you had asked me five years ago whether SanDisk would succeed in the enterprise in a big way, I would have responded with a qualified “maybe”. Now I believe the company is well positioned to prove me wrong. Stay tuned to this space for more commentary on SanDisk’s quest toward leadership in enterprise flash storage.

  • Premiered: 04/14/16
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): SanDisk Flash Storage


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