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SanDisk is actively supporting VMware in our Virtual SAN™ launch, providing high-performing, high-endurance flash drives that enable enterprise-class scalability while minimizing IO storage latency for read and write operations.

The partnership of VMware and SanDisk on Virtual SAN™ was announced in a December press release, and discussed again at the VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in February.

SanDisk SAS enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), available in Dell PowerEdge® R720 and PowerEdge® T620 servers, have been certified by VMware as a supported flash tier of VMware Virtual SAN™. The combination of SanDisk SSDs with Dell servers allows customers to fully leverage its built-in caching and high resiliency capabilities to minimize storage latency, while preventing data loss in the event of disk, host or network failures.

There are six SAS SSDs from SanDisk already certified in the Virtual SAN compatibility guide, available today for customers to build their Virtual SAN™ node.

SanDisk SSD

What’s the role of SanDisk SSDs in VMware’s software-defined storage ecosystem? Watch the video that SanDisk released in support of the VMware Virtual SAN™ Launch:

“By clustering flash and hard-disk drives in the server,  Virtual SAN results in simple, high-performance, resilient shared storage resources,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk’s Enterprise Storage Solutions Group. “The SanDisk flash storage acts as a cache that speeds read/write disk I/O traffic – reducing storage latency in the virtualized datacenter.“

The result? “Flash allows servers to support more VMs—consolidating workloads onto fewer physical servers. That saves valuable datacenter space for future expansion.”

VMware and SanDisk will continue to collaborate on expanding the Virtual SAN™ solutions for the marketplace and enabling the software-defined datacenter.

About the Author

Robin Liong

Robin is with VMware Storage and Availability Product Marketing. He heads up the Go-To-Market and Business Planning & Ops for the Storage and Availability Business Unit. Previously Robin built, launched and managed VMware Partner Solution Competencies and Solution Enablement Toolkits (SETs). Prior to VMware, Robin spent the first ~10 years of his career selling, managing, and delivering engagements within management consulting firms (Gartner and A.T. Kearney).