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SanDisk Introduces New ZetaScale™ Software that Unleashes the Full Performance and Cost Benefits of Flash Storage for Enterprise and Cloud Applications

Jun 24, 2014

New Software Advances In-Memory Computing, Analytics and NoSQL Database Applications to Deliver Real-Time Insights from Big Data

NEW YORK, and Milpitas, Calif., June 24, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the availability of ZetaScale™ software, which optimizes applications to use flash technology, achieving new levels of performance and scalability with reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)1.

The explosion of Big Data has driven the need for low cost, scalable, analytics solutions. However, the performance of some analytics tools such as NoSQL databases has struggled to deliver insights in the turnaround time demanded by today’s business environments. SanDisk’s new ZetaScale™ software enables application developers to scale their applications by taking full advantage of the high performance capabilities of flash technology.

“Flash technology can deliver astonishing performance gains for enterprise and cloud applications without forcing customers to make any other changes to their existing data center environments. However many of today’s analytics, database and in-memory compute applications haven’t yet been optimized for flash storage,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “ZetaScale represents a major step forward in our vision of the flash-transformed data center—empowering software developers to scale and enhance their applications to meet today’s big data and real-time analytics demands, while lowering TCO.”

Ushering In a New Era of Data Center Application Performance

ZetaScale software enables rapid development of analytics applications, such as NoSQL databases and in-memory computing environments that take full advantage of the performance and lower cost of flash. By combining ZetaScale software, SSDs, and NoSQL or in-memory computing applications, customers can analyze larger datasets at near-DRAM speeds for a significantly lower cost and at higher data densities per server node. This opens up new opportunities and accelerates the performance of big data and real-time analytics applications in enterprise data centers:

  • NoSQL databases such as Cassandra can achieve four times higher performance2 when used with SSDs vs. when they are running on hard disk drives (HDDs). When NoSQL applications are combined with ZetaScale software on SSDs, they can reach nine times higher performance3 MongoDB applications using ZetaScale software can deliver 20 times the performance vs. running on HDD storage alone and more than three times greater performance vs. utilizing SSDs alone4.
  • For in-memory computing applications, like fraud detection, supply chain optimization and risk analysis, ZetaScale software bridges the gap between DRAM and flash storage. This allows the working dataset to expand beyond limited and expensive DRAM capacities into terabytes of lower cost flash storage, improving Transactions Per Second (TPS), per dollar, by up to four times5.

In making today’s announcement, SanDisk and its partner, GigaSpaces Technologies, also unveiled GigaSpaces XAP MemoryXtend, a solution that leverages SanDisk ZetaScale technology to connect in-memory applications directly to the flash on a system, enabling customers to process larger datasets in near real-time.

“Our customers are constantly looking for ways to cut costs without compromising on the extreme performance of their in-memory compute applications because their success can often be directly tied to the bottom line,” said Zeev Bikowsky, CEO at GigaSpaces Technologies. “ZetaScale makes it possible for our XAP MemoryXtend solution to connect applications directly to the flash on the system, enabling our customers to get more value out of the data they analyze and better maximize their budget by being able to leverage more cost-effective flash.”

Designing Applications with Minimized Latency

ZetaScale software provides a key-value object store that increases application performance by enabling them to move beyond block access inefficiencies common in the storage access layer. The software also provides optimized threading to maximize concurrency and minimize latency, as well as support for atomic operations, transactions and snapshots. Additionally, ZetaScale is compatible with any brand of PCIe, SAS, SATA, DIMM or NVMe connected flash storage device, providing customers the ability to choose, avoiding hardware vendor lock-in.

A ZetaScale software development kit (SDK) containing the software library and APIs needed to optimize NoSQL and in-memory computing applications for flash storage, is available now on negotiated terms to qualified developers. For more information about ZetaScale, please visit, the SanDisk Enterprise Blog, or view this video on YouTube.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit

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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for markets, products and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.

1 SanDisk Architecture White Papers, “Improve Performance of MongoDB with SanDisk ZetaScale,” and “Accelerating Enterprise Applications and Reducing TCO with SanDisk ZetaScale™ Software”, June 24, 2014.
2 Based on SanDisk testing using single node, Cassandra v1.2.2, 100 bytes, 10Cols, 128M Rows
3 Based on SanDisk testing using single node, Cassandra v1.2.2, 100 bytes, 10Cols, 128M Rows
4 Based on SanDisk testing using single node, MongoDB v2.2.0, 128GB 1K data, 24 core Westmere, 96GB DRAM, 8 x OCZ.
5 SanDisk Architecture White Papers, “Improve Performance of MongoDB with SanDisk ZetaScale,” and “Accelerating Enterprise Applications and Reducing TCO with SanDisk ZetaScale™ Software”, June 24, 2014.

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