SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, today introduced Lightning PCI Express (PCIe) Solid State Accelerator (SSA) cards designed to boost the performance of workstations and servers used in data centres, server farms and cloud computing environments.
According to the company, the new SanDisk Lightning PCIe SSA products can be added to workstations and servers to provide balanced, predictable performance for enterprise applications, delivering the ideal combination of speed, reliability and cost-savings. The cards provide rapid access to the most frequently used data and applications in order to more effectively manage heavy workloads, it was reported. They are part of SanDisk’s growing portfolio of solid state drive (SSD) solutions for the enterprise.
The new PCIe products from SanDisk address a wide variety of uses – from financial institutions analysing and processing massive amounts of information around the clock; to social media and website providers whose customers demand a nearly instant response with every click of a mouse; to media content creators editing high-definition videos, representatives said.
“SanDisk PCIe SSAs deliver balanced performance, speeding access to critical data in a simple and cost-effective way,” said Greg Goelz, VP and GM, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk. “Enterprise businesses can now leverage a PCIe acceleration solution that combines SanDisk’s leading NAND flash memory technology and its innovative controller design to offer the enterprise-grade reliability and scalability that our customers depend on.”
Lightning PCIe SSAs offer SanDisk’s proven enterprise SSD technology and feature an advanced controller using a parallel processing architecture to manage essential data protection and input/output (I/O) functions. This results in balanced performance as data is accessed, with little impact on central processor (CPU) loading and no need for additional, costly DRAM memory.
In addition to their enterprise-class reliability, the Lightning PCIe SSAs feature low power requirements and include an industry-standard driver that requires no additional software or system modification. The cards can easily be added to almost any computing system to deliver a simple, quick solution for performance acceleration.
A caching option is available for Windows operating systems by using SanDisk FlashSoft data caching software, which can be purchased separately. Data centers can support large server workloads by combining the Lightning PCIe SSA as an additional storage tier in conjunction with SanDisk FlashSoft data caching software.
Based on the next-generation PCIe 2.0 interface, Lightning PCIe SSAs are easily installed into any four lane (x4) or greater PCIe slot, delivering enterprise-class performance and reliability for demanding data center and cloud computing applications that are needed around-the-clock. Incorporating an advanced SanDisk controller, they offer low power requirements, a two million hour MTBF (mean time between failures) rate and an industry-leading five year warranty.
SanDisk Lightning PCIe SSAs are available in 200GB and 400GB capacities. Up to five cards may be installed into a single system to provide up to two terabytes (TB)of capacity.