It is estimated that 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated within the last two years. Think about that for a second. The implications captured in this fact alone have effectively catapulted us into the era of Big Data. While there are many opportunities to leverage greater pools of data to inform business decisions, there are also many potential headaches. In fact, this extreme data growth has left many organizations in a bind, trying to meet new data center realities with either old data center approaches and technologies, or silver bullet-type solutions. However, each approach has led to new challenges surfacing as the data sets continue to grow.
So how are organizations attempting to overcome these challenges today? For the most part, they are either leveraging mass amounts of traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in racks of servers and storage arrays, or they are deploying SSDs positioned as a one-size-fits-all solution to their data center needs. I don’t know about you, but I have yet to see a collection of HDDs that meet the performance and latency requirements needed in today’s data center environments. Plus, I have never seen a single ‘silver bullet’ solution that could solve all data center challenges. What I do see is organizations spending money on multiple HDDs and SSDs without understanding their application needs, leading them to either spend more for “bells” they don’t need, or buying something cheap and not getting enough “whistles,” creating a budget sinkhole as drives burnout.
This is one reason why I am excited by the introduction of our new CloudSpeed product family this morning. Not only does today’s announcement make SanDisk® the first vendor to ship 10 full drive writes per day (DWPD)*, 19nm-based enterprise SATA SSDs, but this also marks the first product announcement we’ve made following SanDisk’s acquisition of SMART Storage Systems. Now let’s take a close look at why the CloudSpeed drives provide great options for customers’ current data deluge challenges. The CloudSpeed SSDs are designed to deliver business-critical performance for the mixed-use, read and write-intensive application workloads that have become increasingly prominent in today’s enterprise data centers and cloud computing environments. Also, by combining our innovative flash management Guardian TechnologyTM Platform with industry-leading memory technology, the CloudSpeed products provide customers with longer-lasting drive operation at a better value.
Two of the new drives, the CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Ultra, are updates to previous CloudSpeed versions, receiving a new controller to improve performance. The CloudSpeed Eco and CloudSpeed Extreme on the other hand, are completely new drives that not only address the gamut of the read-write spectrum, targeted at read-intensive and write-intensive application workloads respectively, but when they are combined with the other family members give enterprises and OEMs a single platform for ALL workloads. You can see all of the specifications of these drives on the product page on our website, so I won’t spend additional time here.
So, what does this all mean? In short, the CloudSpeed product family has been designed to solve the problems organizations run into with the one-size-fits-all approach to SSD purchasing by being fine-tuned for all common read/write mixes. It also means that organizations and OEMs only need to qualify the CloudSpeed product family once and then can leverage it for a broad set of enterprise workloads, ranging from cloud computing and VDI, to HPC and OLTP, saving time and money. This is truly a pivotal point for the industry.
Have you taken the time to investigate your specific application workload requirements? If so, what did you learn in the process, and how did it influence your purchase decision? I’m sure other readers would appreciate your insight as they go down the same path! Join the conversation on @SanDiskDataCtr
– John Scaramuzzo
*Warranty/DWPD – The lesser of 5 years from the date of manufacture of the product or the date on which the product’s relevant endurance thresholds set forth in the product specifications are reached.