Western Digital Releases FlashSoft 4 Software for VMware vSphere 6

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Global storage solutions vendor, Western Digital, has announced two new virtualization solutions designed to significantly improve virtual machine performance and density in VMware vSphere environments.

The release includes the availability of Western Digital’s new FlashSoft 4 software for VMware vSphere 6, and the introduction of the Flash Virtualization System – a new flash-based hardware and software solution. FlashSoft 4 leverages a Western Digital and VMware VAIO co-design partnership for vSphere 6.

FlashSoft 4 software is based on an architecture that uses the new VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO), “providing the highest level of usability and performance with vSphere 6.” FlashSoft 4 is one of the first host-based caching software solutions to achieve VMware Ready certification for guaranteed compatibility, reliability and support. It also introduces support for VMware-supported datastores, virtual disk acceleration, improved performance and stability, and integrated management through the vSphere web client GUI.

western digitalThe new Flash Virtualization System builds on the benefits of the latest FlashSoft software by pairing it with SanDisk ION Accelerator software and Fusion ioMemory PCIe solid-state accelerators in a flash-provisioned server capable of delivering over a million IOPS2 to accelerate storage I/O across the VMware environment.

Performance, Efficiency

Without disrupting current server and storage infrastructure, the “easy-to-deploy” solution offers cluster-wide flash acceleration in existing VMware environments. The solution would also enable customers to get more performance and efficiency from existing storage and compute infrastructure, “resulting in significant hardware and software savings.” 

“The two-year co-design between Western Digital and VMware has helped to advance storage solutions for VMware customers,” said Ravi Swaminathan, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Solutions Business Unit at Western Digital Corporation. “These new product innovations resulted from the deep ongoing engagement between our companies and are expected to greatly enhance virtual machine performance. We look forward to expanding possibilities of the new architecture to continue delivering high-value solutions for our customers.” 

FlashSoft 4 is immediately available as a solution bundle consisting of FlashSoft software and SanDisk SAS, SATA, or Fusion ioMemory PCIe solid-state devices. The software is offered through Western Digital, OEMs and reseller partners, including Dell, HPE, Lenovo and HDS, as well as select channel partners.