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SanDisk Introduces New Solutions for VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN at VMworld® 2014

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced broad support for VMware® Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN™ with a series of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and end-user computing (EUC) solutions for Horizon 6, utilizing the award-winning ULLtraDIMM™ solid state drive (SSD) and Fusion ioMemory.

The award winning ULLtraDIMM SSD and Fusion ioMemory virtual desktop solutions allow enterprise orga ...

The award winning ULLtraDIMM SSD and Fusion ioMemory virtual desktop solutions allow enterprise organizations to select the right deployment option for their environment, providing greater flexibility and reducing barriers to widespread adoption of VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN. (Photo: Business Wire)

When coupled with VMware’s Horizon 6, ULLtraDIMM and Fusion ioMemory allow customers to deploy high-performance, cost-effective virtual desktop infrastructure solutions and increase virtual desktop density. Additionally, through the combination of solid-state hardware and software technology, SanDisk enables enterprise organizations to select the right deployment option for their environment, providing greater flexibility and reducing barriers to adoption.

“Software-defined storage allows enterprise customers to break traditional barriers between the compute, storage, and network layers of the data center. We can create innovative models leveraging software to increase ROI of existing storage infrastructure,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk. “The solutions for Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN are prime examples of how SanDisk continues to collaborate with VMware. These solutions are just the beginning of many advances that our partnership with VMware will bring to virtual desktop infrastructure deployments.”

SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM memory channel storage solution enables a new level of performance and end-user productivity for virtualized environments. Because of its position relative to the server CPU, five micro-second write latency, and scalable performance of up to 1-Million IOPS for a typical deployment of 8-ULLtraDIMMs working in parallel, the ULLtraDIMM significantly reduces VDI boot storm impact. It also enables up to 5X faster virtual desktop infrastructure desktop pool creation over traditional disk storage solutions1. Servers using ULLtraDIMM deliver greater virtual desktop infrastructure density per host, improve virtual desktop infrastructure response times and reduce the cost per virtual desktop infrastructure session.

The Fusion ioMemory virtual desktop infrastructure solution delivers up to 90 percent SAN offload potential and up to 16X increased desktop density per server when used in conjunction with flash-enabled SAN storage2. The result is an enhanced end-user experience for virtual desktop infrastructure deployments along with the ability for organizations to significantly scale their virtual desktop infrastructure environments while reducing the total cost per virtual desktop. These solutions scale from a few hundred to several thousand virtual desktops without adding complexity into a VMware environment.

“We are thrilled by these new flash-powered solutions from SanDisk which provide our mutual customers with increased levels of VM performance density with fast, cost-effective and highly scalable, virtual desktops for key customer deployment options whether it is with SAN, in-server or with Virtual SAN,” said Erik Frieberg, Vice President of Marketing, End User Computing, VMware. “We look forward to working with SanDisk to drive cost-effective EUC/virtual desktop infrastructure adoption across all market segments.”

The three new reference architectures combining the power of ULLtraDIMM and Fusion ioMemory with Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN to be demonstrated at VMworld include:

  • In-Server ULLtraDIMM
    This construction of an 8-node ULLtraDIMM™ SSD configuration running Horizon 6 will highlight the advantages of utilizing an ultra-low latency, high-performance configuration for virtual desktop infrastructure deployments. In addition, the demonstration will illustrate how ULLtraDIMM can easily handle highly challenging virtual desktop infrastructure issues including providing fast, consistent boot times.
  • Virtual SAN
    This live demonstration of a 3-node Virtual SAN cluster for Horizon 6 will highlight how organizations with heavy user virtual desktop infrastructure workloads can benefit from a combination of SanDisk’s enterprise-grade SSDs.
  • SAN Storage
    For customers using SAN storage, this reference architecture will showcase the option of using the Fusion ioMemory virtual desktop infrastructure solution and a flash-enabled SAN storage. This configuration provides the ability to increase virtual desktop density by 16X and scale a single, half rack block to accommodate 1500 virtual desktop sessions with fast, consistent performance, to ensure rapid, consistent start-up times for “boot storms.”

To experience these demos first hand, visit SanDisk at booth #1023 during VMworld taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information about ULLtraDIMM for virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure use cases, please visit the company’s website or enterprise blog. For information specific to ULLtraDIMM for VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN, please review the Solutions Brief. For information on Fusion ioMemory solutions please visit http://www.fusionio.com/products/atomic-series/.

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 www.sandisk.com.

© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. ULLtraDIMM, Fusion ioMemory and others are trademarks of SanDisk Enterprise IP LLC. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for markets, products and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this news release.

VMware, Horizon and Virtual SAN are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

1 Testing environment data: http://bit.ly/1qESkgU

2 ESG Lab Spotlight, End-to-end Flash for VDI, August 2014.

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