by Kevin OBrien

SanDisk Acquires Flash Caching Company FlashSoft

SanDisk announced today announced the acquisition of the flash-caching company FlashSoft. FlashSoft is currently known for their aptly named FlashSoft SE 2.0 software, released late last year, which utilizes enterprise SSDs (SATA/SAS and PCIe) for persistent read/write cache to accelerate I/O performance on host systems. Under a Windows environment, the software is claimed to offer speed enhancements to enterprise applications such as Microsoft Exchange, MS-SQL and virtual machines under Hyper-V, of 300% to 1000%.

Earlier this year, OCZ announced a similar acquisition of SANRAD, another SSD caching business that specialized in VM acceleration. SanDisk with an extensive lineup of enterprise SSDs including SAS, SATA, and PCIe solutions offers an extensive range of flash products that offer great integration with FlashSoft's acceleration software. At the enterprise level as companies start looking for ways to enhance performance on host systems and improve the speed of VM's, more turn their eyes to flash-caching solutions to get the speed of flash merged with the bulk storage capacity of hard drives.

FlashSoft SE 2.0 is compatible with a wide range of systems with low entry points, like a minimum of 8GB of flash space for smaller servers, up to 1TB in its current form. We expect some of these features to change and improve as later versions of the software under the SanDisk umbrella are released.

FlashSoft SE 2.0 Specifications:

  • Operating Systems Supported
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit),
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
    • CentOS 6
    • Oracle Linux 6
  • SSD Requirements
    • FlashSoft runs on any standard SSD or flash PCIe
    • Minimum cache size: 8GB
    • Maximum cache size: 1TB
  • Server Memory & CPU
    • Memory utilization: 150MB
    • Recommended CPU: Dual core or greater
    • CPU utilization: 3% - 5%

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