SanDisk launches 3 new reference architectures for VMWare Virtual SAN™ 6

sandiskToday, SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK), launched three new reference architectures for VMWare Virtual SAN™ 6 utilizing solid state drives (SSD) and Fusion ioMemory™ PCIe application accelerators. SanDisk says that when coupled with VMware Virtual SAN 6, SanDisk’s PCIe and SSD-based solutions allow customers to deploy business critical applications, databases, virtual desktops and other IT workloads with greater efficiency, while gaining better performance on VMware’s Virtual SAN software-defined storage infrastructure.

John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk, commented, SanDisk is addressing the challenges of latency and cost efficiency in the data center with our all-flash VMware Virtual SAN reference architectures.”

Charles Fan, senior vice president and general manager of Storage and Availability at Vmware, added, Flash is a key enabler for software-defined storage, allowing customers to get high performance and reliability out of their IT infrastructure.”

The new reference architectures utilizing SanDisk SATA, SAS and PCIe application accelerator solutions with VMware Virtual SAN to be demonstrated at VMworld® 2015 include:

·Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN

According to the company, this new 4-node reference architecture utilizes SanDisk’s 4TB Optimus MAX™ – what SanDisk says is the industry’s highest capacity SSD that is certified for Virtual SAN 6 – on a Lenovo System x3650 M5 server platform. In a performance test conducted by SanDisk, Lenovo, VMware, and Avago, the company says the all-flash 4-node configuration delivered 3.08 million New Orders per Minute (NOPMs) and 14.1 million transactions per minute (TPMs) using eight virtual machines executing Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition. SanDisk said that the HammerDB performance tuning and benchmarking tool was used to run a 5000 Warehouse TPC-C like workload.

· VMware Horizon® Virtual Desktop and Applications Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN

SanDisk says it co-led the development of this virtual desktop infrastructure reference architecture utilizing SanDisk’s Lightning® Gen. II SSDs and Dell R730 G13 servers. The company says this solution was tested to run 800 Horizon 6 Desktops on a starter 4-node cluster with VMware, Avago and Brocade. SanDisk says the solution fuels VMware Horizon® 6 virtual desktops and applications at a significantly lower TCO when compared to traditional HDD-based storage solutions. The company adds that a starter 4-node configuration deployed 24 desktops per minute in a boot storm situation, bringing up 850 desktops in 35 minutes. SanDisk says this is the industry’s first 800 virtual desktop solution running on an end-to-end 12G all-flash VSAN Cluster.

· Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution with Hybrid VMware Virtual SAN

SanDisk says this is a reference architecture tested in conjunction with HP and VMware, utilizing HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 servers and SanDisk’s high performance Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators for caching in a hybrid VMware Virtual SAN cluster. According to the company, in a performance test conducted using VMware Horizon 6.1, the View Planner benchmarking and workload generator with a 3-node cluster, the solution delivered fast application performance and response times to support the maximum number of virtual desktops with all responses under the recommended performance thresholds.



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