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SanDisk Showcases All-Flash VMware Virtual SAN 6 Architecture at VMware® Partner Exchange 2015

feb 2, 2015

New Architecture Delivers Two Million Transactions per Minute (TPM) based on Initial Performance Testing with SanDisk Lightning Gen. II SAS SSDs and CloudSpeed SATA SSDs

SAN FRANCISCO and Milpitas, Calif., February 2, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced support for an all-flash VMware Virtual SAN™ 6 architecture for business-critical applications and databases. Deployed at entry-level as a 4-node cluster that can scale up to a total of 64 nodes, the new server design empowers vital business applications, such as database transaction processing and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) applications, to perform more than two million transactions per minute (TPM). This new Virtual SAN 6 architecture leverages SanDisk Lightning® Gen. II 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs and CloudSpeed SATA SSDs to provide the cache and persistent storage tiers required for highly-reliable, enterprise-class application performance.

“SanDisk has been a very strong VMware Virtual SAN partner from the onset, as we clearly saw the potential for hyper-converged storage solutions to significantly reduce IT infrastructure complexity and related storage costs,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk. “We are deeply committed to our expanding relationship with VMware and continue to introduce new solutions that allow our joint enterprise customers to fully maximize data center resources. We are also honored to be a VMware partner in the development of the VMware vSphere® APIs for IO Filtering.”

The all-flash VMware Virtual SAN 6 architecture helps customers increase business agility and productivity by enabling IT to provision services faster, increase user satisfaction and disaster recovery service levels for business critical applications. Additionally, customers can reduce capital expenditures by avoiding the purchase of additional storage resources to accommodate peak workloads. Coupling VMware solutions with SanDisk flash technology also reduces points of failure by simplifying data center storage infrastructure, which eases system management and reduces operational expenses.

“This new all-flash VMware Virtual SAN design from SanDisk provides our mutual customers with increased levels of virtual machine (VM) performance density with scalability and the necessary price/performance SSD attributes,” said Charles Fan, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware. “VMware is designed to meet the demands of today’s mobile workforce, and is optimized for software-defined data center architectures. By partnering with SanDisk to certify flash solutions for VMware vSphere® and VMware Virtual SAN environments, we can help our customers derive greater efficiency, flexibility and IT resource utilization to power their enterprises.”

To experience the power of the SanDisk’s VMware Virtual SAN 6 architecture, visit booth #635 during VMware Partner Exchange 2015 or attend the “VMware Virtual SAN Hardware Guidance & Best Practices” session taking place on Thursday, February 5, from 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM in Moscone West, Room 2008. A video overview of SanDisk’s full support for VMware’s Virtual SAN 6 can be viewed at You can also see SanDisk solutions at work in the SanDisk and Dell pods in the VMware software-defined storage pavilion. Rawlinson Rivera, senior architect in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing Group at VMware, will also highlight the impact of SanDisk’s all-flash VMware Virtual SAN 6 design during his technical breakout session titled “Virtual SAN Technical Walkthrough” on Wednesday, February 4, from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM in Moscone West, Room 2006.

As a VMware partner in the development of the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering, SanDisk will also demonstrate how its FlashSoft caching software uses the new APIs to provide solid-state storage caching for VMware vSphere 6. The demonstration will take place in the technical session on the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering program, session #4297, led by product manager Alex Jauch, on Tuesday, February 3 at 5:00 PM. For more information on SanDisk’s full portfolio of PCIe, SAS and SATA flash products that help customers realize the benefits of all-flash VSAN solutions please visit or the enterprise blog.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit

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