Subject: Storage | October 17, 2012 - 07:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cache, ssd, sandisk, ReadyCache 32GB
SanDisk has been making flash based storage product for quite a long time and while they may not come to your mind when you are thinking of buying an SSD, they do have a variety of product lines available. [H]ard|OCP recently reviewed their 32GB ReadyCache SSD, which is powered by their own software and is a full sized SSD, so you won't need an mSATA slot in order to use the device. SanDisk also ensures your data's integrity by copying any data it is going to cache, so that a copy remains on your HDD in case the SSD dies on you. [H] were impressed by the ability of this drive to cache multiple HDDs and RAID volumes, a trick many other solutions can not manage. If you are looking for an inexpensive and easy way to increase your PCs performance you could do a lot worse than SanDisk's ReadyCache.
"SanDisk enters the caching solution market with the SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB SSD. This SSD provides instant acceleration to users' computers through intelligent software provided by Condusiv Technologies and hardware from SanDisk. By adding two tiers of data storage, both SSD and RAM, this solution looks promising."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair's Neutron and Neutron GTX solid-state drives @ The Tech Report
- Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX Solid State Drives @ X-bit Labs
- SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review @ OCC
- Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix
- Micron P320h PCIe SSD (700GB) @ AnandTech
- Transcend SSD320 256GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Micron P320h HHHL 700GB PCIe Enterprise SSD Review - Unbelievable IOPS and Absurd Endurance @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III 2.5" SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- 240GB SanDisk Extreme Sold State Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- Corsair Neutron 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix
- SMART Storage Systems Optimus 400GB SAS SSD @ SSD News
- Verbatim 2.5" SATA-II SSD 128GB @ Rbmods
- Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB SSD Review @ TechwareLabs
- Transcend SSD720 256GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- PNY Prevail Elite SATA 3 SSD @ SSD Review
- Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless HDD PCGTW320S @ Benchmark Reviews
- Silicon Power Diamond D05 Limited Edition 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive @ NikKtech/A>
- Kingston DT R3.0 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- ADATA 16GB UV100 and ADATA 32GB S107 Flash Drives @ Funky Kit
- TonidoPlug 2 Small Home Server Review @ Kitguru
- Shuttle OMNINAS K20 NAS Server Review @ Madshrimps
- QNAP TS869U-RP 8-Bay Rackmount NAS Review @ eTeknix
- Icy Dock Hard Drive Bays (2-bay, 4-bay and 2-bay + Optical) Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Synology DiskStation DS413 4-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices Review @ Madshrimps
- Synology DS412+ NAS @ Tweaktown
- Dane-Elec My Ditto 1TB NAS Review @ eTeknix
- Vantec NexStar HX 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 review: first time's the charm? @ Hardware.info
- QNAP TS-869L and TS-269L Turbo NAS @ Legion Hardware
- StarTech mSATA to 2.5 SATA Enclosure Review @ TechwareLabs
- Review of Adata HV610, HD710 and HE720 external hard drives: Something for everyone @ Hardware.info
- Thecus TopTower N6850 6-Bay NAS Review @ eTeknix
Subject: Storage | July 3, 2012 - 12:21 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, slc, server, sandisk, PCIe SSD, flash, enterprise, caching
Flash storage company Sandisk has recently jumped into the world of enterprise PCI-E caching SSDs – what they are calling Solid State Accelerators. Currently, they are offering a 200GB and 400GB model under the company’s Lightning PCIe series. The SSDs feature a proprietary Sandisk controller driving 24nm SLC NAND flash, a PCI-E 2.0 x4 interface, and maximum power draw of 15 watts.
The Lightning Accelerators use the NAND flash for Sandisk’s own foundry and offer a large performance boost for servers and workstations over hard drives and SATA SSDs. It is capable of 410 MB/s sequential reads or 110,000 IOPS. Further, when using 4KB and 8KB blocks, the drives can reach 23,000 and 17,000 read/write IOPS respectively. Other specifications include an average response time of 245 microseconds, and less than 30 millisecond maximum response times. The Solid State Accelerators also feature sustained read and write latencies as low as 50 microseconds.
Sandisk has built the drives so that they can be configured as boot drives, storage drives, or caching drives. The company supports up to 5 drives in a single system, for a maximum of 2TB of flash storage. In addition, Sandisk is offering up its Flashsoft software that allows the Lightning Accelerators to be used as caching drives on Windows-based systems. Unfortunately, that is an additional cost which is not included in the already pricey SSDs (good thing for corporate expense accounts!).
Speaking of pricing, the 200GB LP206M has an MSRP of $1,350 while the 400GB LP406M has an MSRP of $2,350. Both cards have five year warranties and a MTBF rating of 2 million hours. You can find more information on the Sandisk Website.
It will be interesting to see how this Sandisk accelerator stacks up to the likes of the Intel 910 and FusioIO drives! The FusionIO FX, for example, gives you 420GB of QDP MLC NAND for $2,495, which works out such that Sandisk has a slightly lower cost-per-gigabyte value and SLC flash. We will have to wait for some independant reviews to say which drive is actually faster, however.
Subject: Storage | June 5, 2012 - 01:07 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, sandisk, pcie, enterprise, computex
Just over a month back we took a look at the Intel SSD 910 Series PCIe SSD. While the specs and performance were excellent, there were some factors preventing use in workstation systems - namely the prohibitive cost and lack of a Boot ROM. With that, it seems SanDisk has made an attempt to answer that call. Today at Computex they announced a new PCIe Enterprise SSD, the PCIe Lightning:
This is a much simpler layout, with flash right alongside the controller - an option not possible with the multi-PCB Intel 910 Series as it contained much more flash on its daughter boards. With this simpler layout comes lower cost but unfortunately lower maximum capacities. Less complexity also means lower maximum specs, but they still look quite good given the price point this card will be filling:
- Price: $1350 (200GB) / $2350 (400GB)
- 4k 70/30 R/W split: 23,000 IOPS
- Sequential Throughput: 425 MB/sec
- Warranty: 5 Year
- Endurance: 10 full-drive writes per day for warranty duration
I'm glad to see some good PCIe SSD competition cropping up - especially the bootable kind.
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 16, 2012 - 06:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, sandisk, PQI, memory, flash, CES
Sandisk had a booth with a large array of small nand flash storage devices, though most of it appeared to be SD, CF, or for embedded mobile applications:
One of the more interesting pieces was a 64GB e.MMC nand flash part that fit *within* the dimensions of a penny! This is not a plug-in module - it's the type that would be soldered onto the mainboard of a cell phone or other small mobile device:
While the booth was generally light on SSD's, there were a couple on display, namely the U100, in both 7mm (left) and 9.5mm (right) form factors:
The U100 is also available in even smaller form factor. We're currently taking a look at an Ultrabook equipped with the same Sandisk U100 SSD - mounted to an even smaller PCB.
PQI has been a favorite of mine for years. They were among the first to make a really tiny thumb drive, and I'm glad to see they continue to make a versatile line of products:
A little known fact is that PQI also has a line of SATA SSD's:
The S525 Series (also available as the S518 - 1.8" form factor), is a bit long in the tooth and uses a dated JMicron controller, but PQI made the extra effort to include the optional USB 2.0 interface that most other manufacturers chose to omit.
More to follow
I've still got some pics to sift through, so stay tuned for more CES Storage goodies!
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Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2011 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, sandisk, sandisk ultra
SanDisk is releasing a line of SSDs, called the Ultra series. They are not aimed at the high end market, they use the older SATA 2 interface and claim sequential transfer speeds of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write. The prices should range from $130 for the 60GB product to $450 for the 240GB model, which puts them about middle of the road for pricing. They also list expected lifetime in terms of the amount of data written to them; 40TB of data written for the 60GB up to 120TB of total data written to the 240GB. The Register covered the release here.
"SanDisk has a new Ultra line, a cruise flash missile aimed at taking out PC and notebook hard drives and replacing them with much faster SanDisk SSDs.
These are 2.5-inch format, 2-bit multi-level cell flash drives, coming in 60, 120 and 240GB capacity points. The Ultra brand is used by SanDisk for consumer flash products such as SDHC cards, and now a trio of SSDs will be sold under the Ultra name."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Three out of four rootkit infections are on Windows XP @ The Inquirer
- Google explains its real name commitment on Google+ @ The Inquirer
- TSMC slowing down capacity expansion; revises 2011 capex @ DigiTimes
- Netgear N600 DGDN3700 Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router Review @ Legit Reviews
- State of the PC in 2015: An Ars Technica Quarterly Report