Data Center Tech Blog
John Scaramuzzo

Senior Vice President, SanDisk Enterprise Storage Solutions

4TB SAS SSD SanDisk Optimus MAX

Capacity and performance are two critical storage issues I have observed over the years and went to solve when we started building out our enterprise SSD portfolio here at SanDisk®. We already deliver great solutions that solve the workload-fit issue by introducing SSDs with varying interfaces and endurance levels enabling customers to select a storage solution designed specifically for the applications they are looking to address. However, I am really proud to say that we have taken that a giant step further with the introduction of the Optimus MAX, the industry’s first 4TB SAS SSD.  Furthermore, we also announced our Lightning Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS product family which delivers even greater performance for applications that require it.

We believe the Optimus MAX will be a significant disruptor in the storage industry. This drive not only raises the bar on SAS SSD capacity, but is a true replacement for enterprise HDDs as it delivers SAS features and performance at a new level of affordability that rivals enterprise SATA SSDs.  Not only have enterprise SSDs continued to decline in price per GB, but most importantly the total cost of acquisition (TCA) has plunged.  The TCA not only includes the purchase of the drives, but also all the necessary infrastructure that goes with it:  system enclosures, power supplies, HBAs, DRAM, cables, etc.  This broadens the total costs you must realistically consider.

A perfect example is a 100TB database application that requires roughly 200K random IOPS performance.   To build this with HDDs, you need over 800 150GB 15K HDDs and three 42U server racks.   Alternatively, if I utilize the storage and performance density of a MAX 4TB SAS drive, I can build that same 100TB database with just 25 drives, using only 4U of space in a single rack! This Optimus MAX SSD not only has a lower TCA, but is 10x faster!    BTW, if I wanted to further expand my HDD system to deliver a millions IOPS, I would need over 2000 15K HDDs and six 42U racks!! Amazing!

This converges performance, capacity, endurance, reliability and cost to a point where IT managers can finally justify replacing large, “data-tub” 10K and 15K RPM SAS HDDs with something that doesn’t require the purchase of any new infrastructure or significant effort spent re-writing their storage stack to take advantage of SATA. This means the compromise between capacity and performance is finally over.

In addition, the introduction of the Lightning Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS product family adds the next level of performance to our SAS portfolio. Bringing industry-leading IOPS performance for SAS SSDs to our product lineup ensures that organizations looking to meet the needs of various mission-critical or virtualization applications no longer need to deploy SSDs in some RAID formation, or look to other interfaces – they can get the performance they need in the same footprint.

Again, our focus in our recent development cycles has been on putting an end to the compromises the industry and storage managers has been forced into. We think these announcements take us a step closer in the right direction on the precipice of reaching the truly Flash-Transformed Data Center.

What impact do you think these announcements will have on data centers moving forward? What are some other compromises you feel you have been forced into? Let us know by tweeting us at  @SanDiskDataCtr.


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