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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.

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San Jose, California 95110
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August 16, 2012 |

SanDisk Adds New Software to Its FlashSoft Line

The FlashSoft software brings solid-state storage benefits to virtual computing by installing as a module within the operating system of virtual computing platforms.

Flash memory storage solutions provider SanDisk Corp. has a new addition to its FlashSoft software product line. The new software is designed to increase application performance as well as the number of virtual machines available in virtual computing environments.

Already available for servers running Windows Server and Linux operating systems, the FlashSoft software brings solid-state storage benefits to virtual computing by installing as a module within the operating system of leading virtual computing platforms.

SanDisk Adds New Software to Its FlashSoft LineThe new FlashSoft software offers:

  • Two to four times the application performance on virtual machines.
  • Two to three times the number of virtual machines available on a single platform.
  • Ability to run transparently within the hypervisor

“Today’s SMB customer looks to solid state technology to relieve I/O constraints and deliver greater benefits from virtual computing,” says Greg Goelz, SanDisk’s vice president and general manager of enterprise storage solutions. “FlashSoft software works with enterprise solid-state devices from all vendors to reduce I/O latency for improved VM density and application performance.”

FlashSoft technology caches frequently accessed (or “hot”) data, on very fast solid-state devices installed directly in the server. By caching hot data on flash memory in the server, the FlashSoft software reduces I/O latency that can slow application performance, especially in virtual servers. FlashSoft software is compatible with any enterprise flash device, including PCIe, SAS, or SATA.

Unlike flash memory-based storage systems that accelerate storage I/O broadly, FlashSoft software targets I/O acceleration capabilities directly to the servers that require performance acceleration. For each virtual machine, the system administrator can select specific virtual disks for acceleration, delivering I/O acceleration directly to the data and compute resources that need it most.

FlashSoft software requires no changes to virtual machines, applications, or storage infrastructure. With no VM-resident agent software, virtual machines can run Linux, Windows, or any other supported operating system. Since the software is transparent to both the virtual machines, their applications and to the storage infrastructure, no policy changes are required for VM management, backup or compliance.

The solid-state cache used with FlashSoft software can be up to 2 TB in size, and multiple solid-state devices can be combined in any RAID configuration or logical volume manager. FlashSoft requires only 140 MB of system memory, and FlashSoft memory requirements do not increase with the acceleration of additional VMs.

The new FlashSoft product for use in virtual machine environments is available now and may be purchased for $3,900 MSRP per server from SanDisk. FlashSoft for Linux ($3,500) and Windows ($3,000) are currently available from SanDisk.

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