SanDisk debuts new CloudSpeed Ultra SSDs
A year after the introduction of the CloudSpeed Ultra SSD line the US solid-state drive maker SanDisk Corporation has updated this SSD line with the addition of several second generation solid-state drives. As before the new SSDs are designed for use in data centers and are perfect for e-commerce and online services.
The main idea behind the introduction of these new SSDs is to provide the best price/performance ratio on this market as well as larger capacities. The new CloudSpeed Ultra II line offers capacities up to 1.6 TB and reaches 530 MB/sec of sequential read speeds as well as 32 000 IOPS when writing 4K blocks. In addition the highest latency these drives present is around 80 microseconds. SanDisk says the new drives cost just USD 0.04 per IOPS against a typical figure of USD 3.50 for conventional SATA hard drives.
“The demand for transaction-oriented applications puts tremendous strain on our cloud service provider customers to architect data center platforms capable of delivering high performance, while keeping infrastructure costs in check,” said SanDisk’s senior vice president for enterprise storage solutions, John Scaramuzzo.
The new CloudSpeed Ultra II drives are available in capacities of 400 GB, 800 GB and 1.6 TB and support the latest SATA 3.0 standard. They are housed in 2.5-inch chassis and use SanDisk’s 15 nm multi-level cell flash chips as well as the so-called Guardian Technology, which provides a combination of error correction and detection, full data path protection and data fail recovery. That’s why the new drives come with a 5-year warranty.
The new SSDs will be available soon from various SanDisk channel partners. No word on pricing as of now.