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SanDisk and Supermicro Form Strategic Alliance to Deliver Software Defined All-Flash Storage Solutions

Dec 3, 2015

Partnership Furthers SanDisk’s Commitment to Drive Innovation and Deliver All-Flash Extreme Performance and Massive Capacity to Today’s Data Centers

MILPITAS, California 2015, December 03, 2015SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, and Supermicro, a global leader in Green Computing solutions for the data center, cloud and enterprise, today announced a strategic alliance to bring out a unique class of next-generation software defined all-flash storage solutions for the data center. At the core of this collaboration are SanDisk’s InfiniFlash™ System—a high-capacity and extreme-performance flash-based storage system and Supermicro’s leading high-performance servers. The joint solution aligns with the growth of disaggregated data centers propelled by Big Data and cloud environments.

These solutions will also be made available with Nexenta’s flagship Open SDS unified file and block storage platform, and the NexentaStor™ platform.

InfiniFlash is a next-generation storage platform created by SanDisk offering 5x the density, 50x the performance and 4x the reliability, while consuming 80 percent less power than traditional hard disk drive (HDD) arrays. InfiniFlash also delivers breakthrough pricing for an all-flash hardware solution starting at less than $1 per gigabyte (GB) for an all-flash system without requiring compression or de-duplication technologies. With software stacks that offer data reduction schemes, the effective cost/GB goes down even more significantly to unprecedented levels (example: 20 cents/GB based on a 5X data reduction factor).


Scale-out Solution

The InfiniFlash IF500 for Openstack/CEPH combined with Supermicro servers significantly lowers the cost of private cloud data storage in a petabyte-scale OpenStack® environment. Scaling out adds compute and storage capacity nodes to an existing configuration, delivering a massive capacity, high-density, all-flash storage system with scalable performance and breakthrough economics for customers with big data storage requirements.


Scale-up Solution

Nexenta software plus Supermicro and InfiniFlash IF100 System brings proven legacy storage functionality to Enterprise and Cloud customers, for workloads such as File, Print, Cloud Backend and general Shared Virtual Infrastructure. This all-flash joint solution provides data center customers with a pre-tested, full-featured, cost-effective, high-performance system for addressing today’s increasing challenges. Capable of scaling up to four Petabyte (PB) configurations, this solution delivers the industry’s best value for high-performance, mature, unified block and file services featuring ultra-low and consistent sub-millisecond response times and more than 8 Million flash IOPS in a rack.

“Our partnership with Supermicro and Nexenta brings the best of both worlds to data centers: breakthrough economics compared to traditional all-flash array deployments, and dramatically higher performance, improved reliability and lower power consumption compared to hard disk drive-based arrays,” said Ravi Swaminathan, vice president and general manager, System and Software Solutions, SanDisk. “These offerings will enable customers to economically deploy flash at petabyte-scale, which will drive business growth through new services and offerings for their end-customers.”

“Supermicro end-to-end computing solutions deliver the best performance, efficiency, scalability and reliability needed in the rapidly evolving all-flash storage system market,” said Don Clegg, vice president of Marketing and Business Development, Supermicro. “Our collaboration with SanDisk and Nexenta to develop integrated, all-flash based storage solutions accelerates deployment of next-generation storage technologies, maximizing performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot to drive down overall TCO with our economies of scale.”

“The market-leading combination of NexentaStor OpenSDS solution, SanDisk’s InfiniFlash solution and Supermicro systems delivers key differentiators around functionality and performance,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta. “These solutions literally break new ground and make all-flash storage economically practical for a wide range of use cases, from high-performance databases to virtualized environments, big data lakes and extra dense active archive repositories.”


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 27 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, in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit


SanDisk Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements about the continued alliance between SanDisk and Supermicro to collaborate on all-flash scale-up and scale-out storage solutions for the data center; growth of all-flash storage systems market; and the functionalities, performance and cost advantages of all-flash storage systems.  There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: the failure of all-flash storage systems to achieve the various functionality, performance and cost benefits currently anticipated; potential delays in product development or lack of customer acceptance of SanDisk’s all-flash storage systems; failure to manage and continue the alliance with Supermicro; difficulties in managing the relationship with Supermicro and failure of the benefits of the alliance to materialize; general business and economic conditions; weakness in demand in all-flash storage systems; industry and technology trends not occurring in the timeline SanDisk anticipates or at all; and the other risks detailed from time-to-time in SanDisk’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 27, 2015. All statements made in this news release are made only as of the date of this release. SanDisk undertakes no obligations to update the information in this release in the event facts or circumstances change after the date of this release.


About Supermicro

Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation is a premier provider of end-to-end green computing solutions for Enterprise, Data Center, Cloud, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. The company combines 20+ years of advanced engineering, production and integration expertise and is committed to protecting the environment through its We Keep IT Green® initiative. The company’s broad line of products include servers, blades, GPU/Xeon Phi systems, workstations, motherboards, chassis, power supplies, storage technologies, networking solutions, server management software and SuperRack® cabinets/accessories. Architecture innovations include Ultra, Twin Architecture, TwinPro™, FatTwin™, SuperServer®, SuperBlade®, MicroBlade, MicroCloud, Super Storage Bridge Bay (SBB), Double-Sided Storage®, Top-Load 3.5” 90/60-Bay JBOD, Battery Backup Power (BBP®) modules, Universal I/O (UIO) and WIO expansion technology all of which deliver unrivaled performance and value. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Supermicro has Operations Centers in Silicon Valley, the Netherlands and its Science & Technology Park and Logistics Center in Taiwan. For more information visit Follow Supermicro on Facebook and Twitter to receive their latest news and announcements.


About Nexenta 

Nexenta is the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) with 6,000+ customers, 400+ partners, 33 patents, and more than 1,200 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta uniquely integrates software-only “Open Source” collaboration with commodity hardware-centric “Software-Defined Storage” innovation. Nexenta OpenSDS solutions are 100% software-based; and 100% hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic providing organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive vendor lock-in. Nexenta provides organizations with the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Everything-centric Cloud Computing – from data centers to end users; from the infrastructure to apps. Nexenta OpenSDS enables everyday apps from rich media-driven Social Living to Mobility; from the Internet of Things to Big Data; from OpenStack and CloudStack to Do-It-Yourself Cloud deployments – for all types of Clouds – Private, Public, and Hybrid. Founded around an "Open Source” platform and industry-disrupting vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network.

© 2015 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and InfiniFlash are trademarks or registered trademarks of SanDisk Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

Supermicro, SuperServer, TwinPro, FatTwin, SuperBlade, Double-Sided Storage, SuperBlade, BBP, SuperRack, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

Nexenta and NexentaStor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nexenta Systems Inc., in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the property of their respective holder(s).


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