by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces New CloudSpeed SATA SSDs

SanDisk has announced four new additions to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA (SATA) line: the CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco SSDs. These new CloudSpeed SSDs are specifically designed to provide business-critical performance for the mixed-use, read and write-intensive application workloads that are becoming more and more important in today’s enterprise data centers and cloud computing environments. SanDisk combines its flash management Guardian Technology Platform with the new SSDs as well as its memory technology to become the first vendor to ship 10 full drive writes per day (DWPD), 19nm-based enterprise SATA SSDs, which gives customers longer-lasting drive operation at a better value. With the new CloudSpeed nomenclature, the drive families align more closely with the SAS-interface Optimus drives. 

The new CloudSpeed SATA SSDs are specced to deliver the necessary performance and reliability of various enterprise application workloads, including: Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), Analytics, High Performance Computing (HPC), Web 2.0 Content Repositories and Media Streaming. As a result, this enables enterprise IT organizations and system vendors to simplify design efforts for their data center systems for multiple applications.

The new SanDisk CloudSpeed SATA SSDs include:

  • CloudSpeed Extreme—This high-endurance SSD achieves up to 10 full capacity DWPD with a 5 year warranty and delivers up to 75K/25K IOPS of random read/write performance for write-intensive application workloads such as Database Logging and High Performance Computing (HPC). It comes in capacities ranging from 100GB to 800GB and supports up to 14.6 Petabytes Written (PBW) to the drive over its life.
  • CloudSpeed Ultra—This high-performance drive achieves up to 3 full DWPD with a 5 year warranty and is optimized for mixed-use application workloads, such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Financial Transactions, Email/Messaging, E-Commerce, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Collaboration. The CloudSpeed Ultra is offered in capacities ranging from 200GB to 800GB, and delivers up to 80K/25K random read/write IOPS and supports up to 4.4 PBW.
  • CloudSpeed Ascend—This high-end drive is designed for read-intensive application workloads such as File Servers, Web-based Applications and Virtual Tape Libraries (VTL). The CloudSpeed Ascend comes in capacities ranging from 240GB to 960GB, achieves up to 1 full DWPD with a 5 year warranty, delivers up to 80K/15K IOPS and supports up to 1.8 PBW.
  • CloudSpeed Eco—This entry-level SSD is designed for read-intensive application workloads such as Web Servers, Web 2.0 Content Repositories, Photo Sharing, Media Streaming, Video on Demand (VOD) and Cloud Computing. The CloudSpeed Eco comes in capacities from 240GB to 960GB, achieves up to 1 full DWPD with a 3 year warranty, delivers up to 450/400 MB/s of sustained read/write performance and 80k/15k read/write IOPS and supports up to 1.0PBW.  

SanDisk’s proprietary Guardian Technology Platform, which consists of FlashGuard, DataGuard and EverGuard technologies, work together in order to deliver data protection and endurance suitable for demanding cloud and enterprise data center applications. Additionally, the CloudSpeed family of SSDs also offer customers the highest reliability and data integrity by using a combination of powerful error correction and detection technology, full data path protection, thermal monitoring, and data fail recovery of up to 1 NAND flash erase block. SanDisk also manufactures its own NAND, allowing it to have complete and direct control over the design, controller firmware, assembly, testing and supply chain. This results in innovative products, enterprise-grade quality control, and supply assurance.


The CloudSpeed SSDs have are now sampling with select customers and will be available through channel partners sometime in mid-Q2 2014.

For more information, visit their product page.

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