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FlashSoft buy strengthens SanDisk's SSD sol'n offering

Posted: 17 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SSD? SATA enterprise? flash memory?

Flash memory storage solution provider SanDisk Corp. has bought FlashSoft Corp., a provider of caching software products. The acquisition is believed to extend SanDisk's portfolio of solid state drive (SSD) solutions.

SanDisk plans to sell FlashSoft's products as standalone software but will also offer these products in combination with its growing portfolio of SAS, PCIe, and SATA enterprise solutions.

FlashSoft's software is targeted for Windows, Linux and VMWare platforms, and will form the basis of a growing ecosystem of SSD-optimized software solutions from SanDisk and third party partners. This will enable the configuration of complete solutions optimized for the specialized needs of enterprise and cloud customers.

SSD-based caching solutions allow the most frequently accessed data to reside close to the CPU in high-performance flash memory, resulting in dramatic application performance increases. According to SanDisk, FlashSoft's software solutions enable flash products, such as SanDisk's Lightning Enterprise SSDs and PCIe-based devices, to be configured as high-performance cache for their HDD storage. This allows customers to improve performance with smaller, more cost effective storage configurations and to deploy more virtual machines per server in virtualized environments, the company said. SanDisk's strategy for serving enterprise and cloud customers includes offering optimized hardware and software solutions, as well as partnering with leading ISVs and solution providers to enable customers to mix and match devices and software to optimize for specialized application requirements

"The acquisition of FlashSoft represents an important step in SanDisk's strategy of delivering complete SSD and software solutions to enterprise storage customers," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of SanDisk. "FlashSoft's software products complement our growing family of SAS, PCIe and SATA Enterprise SSDs, and we are pleased to welcome FlashSoft to the SanDisk family."





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