#faster – Join SanDisk and Jimmy May at SQL Saturday

Jimmy May SQL Saturday

SanDisk is a Platinum sponsor at the SQL Saturday Silicon Valley event held this weekend at the Microsoft office in Mountain View.  For those not familiar, PASS SQL Saturday Silicon Valley is the Bay Area’s largest SQL Server event of the year! It is a free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical … [Read more...]

A Guide to the Role of Flash in VMware Virtual SAN Capacity Tier

Flash VSAN Capacity Tier

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is new approach to hypervisor-converged infrastructure that I’ve written about extensively on this blog. I want to take the opportunity to give an overview of the role and benefits of highest capacity flash when used in VSAN capacity tier and share some suggestions and best practices for implementation. VSAN Capacity Tier For those who are not familiar with VSAN, you … [Read more...]

SanDisk ION Accelerator – Optimizing Your Multi-Node SAP HANA Environment For Cost, Performance and Scalability

SanDisk ION Accelerator – Optimizing Your Multi Node SAP HANA

A week ago, I wrote about SanDisk at HANA 2015 and our SAP HANA solution with ION Accelerator, our SAP certified, all-flash shared storage appliance. ION provides extreme, award-winning performance storage of data and log volumes for multi-node HANA deployments – scaling to up 32 HANA nodes in just 4U of flash. This makes ION a leading, cost-effective and scalable storage solutions for HANA in the … [Read more...]

Flash is Not Another Disk

Flash is not another disk

We all know flash is fast. Specifically when compared to traditional hard drives. SSDs such as SanDisk Lightning Gen II SAS SSDs are hundreds of times faster when compared to 15K spinning drives, delivering 190,000 IOPS vs. only 408 IOPS. That is a huge advantage! Yet when implementing SSDs in servers and systems running workloads such as NoSQL databases, administrators won’t see 100x … [Read more...]

Windows Server 2003 EOS – Prepare for a Wave of Modernization


Microsoft’s announcement of an end-of-support (EOS) status for Microsoft Windows 2003/R2 operating system marks the end of an IT era. As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003 (WS03). There are an estimated 11 million WS03 servers worldwide, and this event has generated a massive wave of infrastructure modernization. In fact, … [Read more...]

Microsoft Storage Spaces – Another Way of Enhancing Software Defined Storage With Flash

Microsoft Storage Spaces SDS Flash SanDisk blog

Virtualization is an area I have always been interested in and like to explore. I have written many blogs that showcase how flash-based solutions (SSDs) can benefit virtualized environment. If you look at these studies, they are largely focused on software-defined storage (SDS) and server attached storage use cases where SSDs can play a critical role in enhancing application performance or … [Read more...]

Optimize Your SAP HANA Environment: Visit SanDisk at HANA 2015 in Las Vegas – Booth #620

ION Accelerator node SAP HANA

This week, SanDisk is a Silver Sponsor at SAPinsider’s HANA 2015, in Las Vegas. HANA 2015 is one of the most important events this year dedicated to SAP HANA. It’s also a great opportunity for attendees to learn how SanDisk is helping HANA customers optimize their HANA economics and performance with scalable, flash-based shared storage. It should be no surprise that enterprises are increasingly … [Read more...]

A Big Data March

Big Data March

SanDisk just entered the storage systems space on March 3rd with the launch of the massively scalable SanDisk InfiniFlash Storage System. At 512 TB of flash in a small 3U form factor all make for a versatile system that can take on large, read intensive workloads like Big Data, media streaming etc: SanDisk has been focused on becoming a major contributor to the open source community. By now … [Read more...]

Something BIG is Coming from SanDisk

Something BIG is Coming from SanDisk

I’m excited to share the invitation for a special SanDisk event on March 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PST. We will be announcing something BIG and would not want you to miss it. Eric Burgener, Research Director for IDCs Storage Practice will be joining Sumit Sadana, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at SanDisk, as we unveil a new category of flash storage solutions. You can … [Read more...]

Swap To Host Cache – An Important Element Of Memory Over Commitment

Swap to Host Cache, VMware memory over committement

Over-committing memory is a common practice in VMware environments, and is describing a situation in which the total memory utilized by VMs running on a vSphere host exceeds the physical memory on that host to enable customers to achieve higher VM density for better efficiencies. Memory over-commitment enables higher consolidation ratio – a measure of how many VMs that can be placed on a physical … [Read more...]