SanDisk's All-Flash Architectures Integrates with VMWare Virtual SAN 6

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 10, 2015
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MILPITAS, CA: SanDisk Corporation, a global provider of flash storage solutions, divulges three new reference architectures for VMWare Virtual SAN 6, employing Solid State Drives (SSD) and Fusion ioMemory Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) application accelerators.

The integration helps customers to deploy business critical applications, databases, virtual desktops and other IT workloads with less effort. It presents exceptional performance on VMWare’s hyper-converged and cost-effective VMware Virtual SAN software-defined storage infrastructure.

“SanDisk is addressing the challenges of latency and cost efficiency in the data center with our all-flash VMware Virtual SAN reference architectures, which allow customers to expand the workloads they can run on all-flash and hybrid-flash storage at significantly lower costs,” says John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk.

Combining SanDisk flash-based offerings with VMware solutions increases application Quality of Service (QoS) and derives benefits from server virtualization and virtual desktops. “Together, VMware and SanDisk are making it easier for customers to accelerate the performance of their applications and fully experience the benefits of software-defined storage,” states Charles Fan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage and Availability, VMware.

The three new reference architectures for VMWare Virtual SAN 6 are:

Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN: A 4-node reference architecture that utilizes SanDisk’s 4TB Optimus MAX, highest capacity SSD certified for Virtual SAN 6 on a Lenovo System x3650 M5 server platform.

VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop and Applications Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN: SanDisk co-led the development of this reference architecture availing SanDisk’s Lightning Gen II SSDs and Dell R730 G13 servers. The solution is energized with significantly lower TCO when compared to traditional HDD-based storage solutions.

Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution with Hybrid VMware Virtual SAN: This architecture is tested in conjunction with HP and VMware on HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 servers and Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators for caching in a hybrid VMware Virtual SAN cluster.

“These new solutions are prime examples of how SanDisk continues to collaborate with VMware. We look forward to working with our mutual partners to help customers experience the significant benefits of the flash-transformed, software-defined data center,” adds Scaramuzzo.