SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the flash storage solutions vendor, has announced that its ULLtraDIMM Solid State Drive (SSD), an enterprise-class, ultra-low latency memory channel storage solution, is now shipping.
The SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD can be integrated into an existing DIMM slot. This would ensure ultra-low latency in business applications and result in improved application response times. Additional ULLtraDIMM SSDs can also be added to available DIMM slots, scaling performance and capacity without impacting latency. This creates new opportunities for server system designs to support use cases that require extremely fast storage, such as High-Frequency Trading (HFT), VDI, transaction processing, virtual servers and cloud hosting.
“The SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD was designed to expand the reach of ultra-low latency flash storage throughout the data center and scale to meet the requirements of any enterprise application, no matter how bandwidth or capacity intensive,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “The ULLtraDIMM SSD’s linear performance scalability and innovative DIMM form factor allow organizations to deploy flash as their application requirements change, without requiring significant infrastructure investment.”
SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSD will be used by IBM under the eXFlash DIMM brand name. IBM recently announced that the eXFlash DIMM is an option for its System x3850 and x3950 X6 servers providing up to 12.8TB of flash capacity. IBM tested the solution under a variety of enterprise workloads and end-user scenarios. These early benchmarks would have shown that the eXFlash DIMM SSD achieved 5-10 microsecond write latency.