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STORAGE MANUFACTURER Sandisk has announced four enterprise solid-state disk (SSD) drives from its acquisition of enterprise storage company Smart Storage Systems.
The four SATA flash drives will be released under the Cloudspeed product range, aimed at mixed use data centre and cloud computing environments.
The Cloudspeed Extreme is capable of 10 full capacity drive writes per day (DWPD) with 14.6 petabytes written (PBW) over its lifetime. Capacities range from 100GB to 800GB.
The Cloudspeed Ultra can manage 3 DWPD in capacities from 200GB to 800GB, with 4.4 PBW. It has a slightly higher I/Os per second (IOPS) read speed than the Extreme at 80K IOPS over 75K IOPS.
The Cloudspeed Ascend is designed for read-intensive applications with 1.8 PBW, 80K IOPS read speed and capacities from 240GB to 960GB.
The Cloudspeed Eco is the entry level device with 1 PBW, 80K IOPS read speed and capacities from 240GB to 960GB. Both the Ascend and Eco are capable of 1 DWPD.
The devices are being tested with "select partners" wih a view to full availability by the end of the second quarter.
"We are only at the early stages of becoming a data-driven society that wants instantaneous access to our information,” said IDC research director Jeff Janukowicz. “To deliver real-time or near real-time insight to drive business decisions, organisations worldwide will need to consider high performance storage solutions, such as SSDs, thereby driving demand for these solutions in the coming years.”
A US Chamber of Commerce report concluded in 2013 that 90 percent of the world's data was created in the previous two years. While much of it can survive in cold storage, flash memory designed for server side quick access is set to become a big business. µ