SanDisk Targets Server-Side Solid State Caching

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, has upgraded its enterprise software portfolio with a new version of its FlashSoft software for Windows Server and Linux operating systems. FlashSoft 3.2 server-side solid state caching software complements and enhances the performance of existing applications, and server and storage systems.

By caching frequently accessed data (“hot data”) on solid-state memory installed in the server, FlashSoft software allows read and write operations for hot data to execute via the solid state device rather than underlying storage. This optimizes server performance by reducing input-output latency (“I/O latency”) from storage. The software dynamically allocates the cache space to volumes based on their I/O activity for optimal efficiency in SSD utilization, while minimizing use of server CPU and memory resources.

“The advancements in the FlashSoft 3.2 software allow users to increase application performance while reducing overhead on storage systems, at a lower overall capital expense,” says Tom Shea, vice president and general manager of Software Solutions for SanDisk.

Features of FlashSoft 3.2 software include multiple SSD support, with SSD mirroring for “safe write-back” caching; support for up to four caches on a single server; acceleration of up to 2048 volumes per cache; maximum cache size increased to two terabytes per cache; and support for volume-based storage architectures, including direct-attached storage (DAS) and storage area network configurations.

FlashSoft software supports SanDisk’s own enterprise solid-state devices, and it’s also compatible with all vendors’ enterprise flash-based systems, including those using PCIe, SAS or SATA technology, the vendor says. 

FlashDisk also now supports multiple caches on separate SSDs, as well as enabling the linking of multiple solid state devices to provide one larger logical SSD.

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