VMware vSphere Now Comes Integrated With SanDisk FlashSoft

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Provider of flash storage solutions for Data centers, SanDisk is in news as it announces the integration of its Flashsoft software with VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO). FlashSoft software will be combining the performance of flash with the economics and capacity of HDDs by exploiting the strategic placements of SSDs inside the server. 

As per industry speculations, FlashSoft will be providing users with a substantial advancement in platform integration, usability and performance, alongside improving customer confidence in host-level storage acceleration. This software also features write-back caching support across all VMware datastores namely VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS), Network File System, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and VMware Virtual SAN.

 vSphere 6 happens to be the first version enabling third-party "IO Filters" for integration of data services, providing an expanded menu for fully supported software. Certified VMware Ready status ensures compatibility, and the API is integrated through VMware Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM).

As per SanDisk, FlashSoft for VMware vSphere enlists a wide range of features which include, enhanced usability and management, where data service integrated through VMware SPBM, the cache gets automatically deployed, managed and maintained cluster-wide through VMware vCenter storage policies.  It sees a rise in customer confidence as customers and OEM partners are now able to adopt FlashSoft or other third-party virtual data services with the assurance of compatibility and supportability. Yet another advantage is the increased performance as there is reduced storage stack latency where delivery of data to the solid-state caching filter takes place in one microsecond. Better manageability, write back caching, above par compatibility, versatility and stability are other mentioned features.

Lastly it features Storage Traffic Offload Reporting (STOR) which operates by transferring storage traffic to host-level solid-state devices which thereby reduces overhead on local storage systems, eventually extends useful life and delivering performance without engaging any costly upgrades to storage infrastructure.