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Will SanDisk move into enterprise kit after its Fusion-io slurp?

Can SanDisk make a go of moving into the enterprise with its $1.1bn purchase of Fusion-io? It is a very different market to the consumer space and although the margins are considerably higher, it brings with it many challenges. I think it’ll depend on the go-to-market strategy that SanDisk take and I fully expect them to carry …
StorageBod, 18 Jun 2014

Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

Gamers are told to take note: SanDisk has souped its Extreme line of SATA interface consumer SSDs to the Extreme PRO – which has doubled capacity, slightly increased speed and an eye-catching 10-year warranty. Last year's Extreme II featured a maximum of 480GB of capacity, random read/write speeds of 95,000/75,000 IOPS (4K), …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2014
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Shocking new low for SanDisk – 15nm flash chips rolling out its fabs

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs. It's calling this technology "1Z", as 1X is below 20nm, and 1Y is between that and 15nm. These alphabetic suffix boundaries are not standard, and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014
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SanDisk offers Cloudspeed flash options for pockets deep and shallow

SanDisk has revved its CloudSpeed SATA SSD line, adding a tad more random read speed, slowing down the random write speed and reducing the sequential read and write speeds a trifle, too. These are business/enterprise SSDs in a 2.5-inch form factor product line that SanDisk acquired when it bought SMART Storage. There were then …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014
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SanDisk surfs cash tsunami on biz SSDs: Prelim nice, but DIMM?

SanDisk is on a revenue roll, with the first quarter of 2014 showing a 62 per cent profit rise on an annual compare, driven by rising enterprise SSD sales. For the first three months of the year [prelim report PDF], to March 30, SanDisk revenues were $1.51bn; they were $1.34bn a year ago, meaning a 13 per cent uptick, although …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014
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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

Ten years ago SanDisk showed off its first microSD card with what was then an impressive 128MB storage. Now the company has unveiled a 128GB model, specially designed for use in Android smartphones. "The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014
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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

SanDisk sales are booming, based on its NAND foundry integration and well-executed move into enterprise storage. Record second quarter revenue of $1.63bn was 11 per cent up year-on-year. Net income was £274m, 4.6 per cent more than a year ago – with revenues growing faster than profits. SanDisk supplies consumer and business …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2014
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SanDisk coughs to powering Kaminario's SPC-1 smackdown

Surprise, surprise: Kaminario's SPC-1 topping K2 flash array used SSDs from enterprise-supplying newbie SanDisk. Actually they were probably SMART Storage Systems' SSDs at the time Kaminario selected them, as SanDisk only bought SMART this summer. The Kaminario supply deal probably helped SanDisk in its July decision to buy …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

The end-game for flash supplier consolidation is in sight: SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for a paltry $1.1bn. The bare bones are: All-cash transaction for $1.1bn, tendering $11.25 for each Fusion-io share. Both boards are in favour. Fusion’s PCIe flash card and ioControl shared flash array businesses will be integrated with …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014
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It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

SanDisk has announced a new 4TB flash drive, double the capacity of the biggest solid-state drive available today. The 4TB Optimus MAX – which sounds like the big bad brother of an Optimus Prime toy – follows the 2TB Optimus Eco, a technology SanDisk acquired when it bought SMART Storage. The new SSD can take three full drive …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
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Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise

SanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright. What it’s managed to do is corner an area of the server application acceleration market that looks to be brand new and full of potential. And it’s done it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
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SanDisk flashes better-than-expected results. Right, let's upend our biz model

Flash card and SSD shipper SanDisk has ended a lovely-looking fiscal 2013 with four quarters of rising revenues and rising profits, contrasting well with the relative disaster that was fiscal 2012. But the company will have to move fast to address falling memory prices. SanDisk revenues and net income to fy2013 Chief …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014
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SanDisk's so busy adding up its dosh, enterprise PCIe cards slip into 2014

Flash memory biz SanDisk is on a roll with third quarter revenues and income up on both annual and sequential compares. Third quarter revenues in 2013 were $1.63bn, 10 per cent up sequentially, and 28 per cent on the year-ago period. Net income was $277m, also up 6 per cent sequentially and 262 per cent annually. That's also 17 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
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Flash-card shuffler SanDisk might shimmy up the storage stack

Tech news blog Silicon Valley Confidential has reported on rumours that SanDisk, the maker of flash camera cards, Lightning brand PCIe flash cards and SSDs, is moving up the stack. Let's step back for a moment and see if this adds up: We'll start with SanDisk partnering Toshiba in a flash foundry business Step 1 was in May …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013

SanDisk buys dose of the SMARTs for $307m

SSD supply consolidation is starting to speed up, with SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems for $307m, representing a nice exit for investment fund Silver Lake, and following on from last week's acquisition of sTec by WD for $340m. Fresh from investing in flash-based cloud gateway startup Panzura, SanDisk is ramping up its …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
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SanDisk starts beating path to 3D NAND flash

SanDisk is taking its own technology route to 3D NAND - the stacking of recording layers within a flash chip atop one another to provide more capacity in the same footprint. SanDisk is currently working on its new BiCS (Bit-Cost Scalable NAND) product and it could be deliverable in the fourth quarter of 2015, or sometime during …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
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SanDisk: 3D flash chips? Sure, buddy, we'll see you in 2016

Electronics giant SanDisk will be deliberately late in building 3D flash dies. It believes current NAND chip technology has two more generations left before going 3D becomes cost-effective. Like every other NAND fab operator, SanDisk's strategy is to shrink the current 2D NAND dies as small as possible and then start stacking …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2013

SanDisk pumps a few million into cloudy upstart Panzura

Flash memory firm SanDisk has made a substantial investment in flash-based cloud storage gateway startup, Panzura. Let's introduce Panzura. Among other items, it produces a Quicksilver Cloud Storage Controller providing access to files in the cloud using Panzura FS, a global file system, with a single namespace, global …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2013
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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

Certain Samsung Galaxy S3 users will barely have noticed the rollout of the S4 uberphone, they've been too busy concentrating on the flash card problems in their current smartmobes. Flash-card shuffler SanDisk, meanwhile, has told El Reg that it has issued a fix. User paulnptld talked about this on the Android Central Samsung …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013
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SanDisk flogs strap-on to speed up your lazy Windows 7 PC

SanDisk has brought out a cheapish solution for flash-less Windows 7 PCs. The firm promises a start-up time that is four times faster as well as app-loading that's 12 times faster if you buy its new SanDisk SSD and caching software bundle. The ReadyCache package includes a 32GB SSD, a 3.5-inch mounting bracket, a 6Gbit/s SATA …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2012
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SanDisk spins up speedy SSDs

SanDisk has taken the wraps off a couple of SSDs with 6Gb/s Sata connectivity. The X100 SSD offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s and 420MB/s, respectively, SanDisk claimed. It'll be available in capacities of 32GB to 512GB, in 2.5in cased and naked mSata form-factors. SanDisk X100 SSD Joining the X100 is …
Hard Reg, 15 Feb 2012

SanDisk drives to Valley, picks up new kid for enterprise flash

Flash product maker and shaker SanDisk has bought Schooner Information Technology, which makes virtual machine-based MySQL and Memcached web cache program acceleration software using cores, threads and solid state drives. The payment terms are secret. Start-up Schooner's database and flash optimisation team have joined SanDisk's …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012

SanDisk shares tumble as chip-maker lowers Q1 forecast

Flash memory maker SanDisk haS suffered a 9.47 per cent dip in its share price in trading today, after they announced a summary of results for the first quarter of 2012. Blaming weaker than expected demand and pricing, SanDisk said that its revenues for the three months ending 1 April were 8 to 11 per cent lower than expected. …
Anna Leach, 04 Apr 2012

SanDisk goes hard for soft VMware server caches

SanDisk is touting a VMware server cache that could accelerate applications three to five times and increase the number of virtual machines a host can support by 100 to 200 per cent. SanDisk has a long history of shipping consumer flash memory for gadgets including cameras and digital video recorders. It's lately moved into the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012
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SanDisk jolted out of flatline after Q3 flash storage shock

SanDisk is putting its poor first and second quarter results behind it, as the flash storage supplier returns to selling stuff customers want and starts growing revenues and profits again. A total of $1.27bn in revenue came in in SanDisk's third calendar 2012 quarter, with net income of $77m. Comparing it with the year-ago …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2012
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SanDisk '2-3 years' away from mass-producing 3D flash chips

Enterprise flash storage is proceeding inexorably down the process-shrinking road. But what happens when the shrinkage stops and flash devices evolve from using 2D to 3D chips? SanDisk thinks it might have the answer. SanDisk makes consumer and enterprise flash. Its CEO and co-founder, Sanjay Mehrotra, gave a glimpse into …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2013

SanDisk revived by Apple juice after first half bloodbath

SanDisk is continuing its climb back to health after the first half horror show, with revenues and profits both recovering well. The numbers: revenues for the final 2012 quarter were $1.54bn, just 2.3 per cent down on the last 2011 quarter but a satisfying 21 per cent up on the third 2012 quarter - cue big sighs of relief. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
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Why is SanDisk joining whip-round for Whiptail?

USB and camera/phone flash chip vendor SanDisk has bought into flash array startup Whiptail. Now why exactly, and how, is SanDisk doing this? A Wall Street Journal blog gave the game way. SanDisk is announcing a $75m venture fund to buy stock in companies that help SanDisk's strategic interests. The first buy is stock in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012
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SanDisk snaps up PCIe cacher

Solid state storage supplier SanDisk has bought a PCIe caching software supplier, FlashSoft, equipping it to compete with other caching PCIe flash suppliers such as EMC (VFCache), Fusion-io (directCache and ioTurbine), OCZ (SANRAD), and TMS (Nevex). FlashSoft was privately held and the financial terms are being kept confidential …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2012

SanDisk: Yargh, nobody does SD-cards bundled with phones anymore

We thought the flash storage market was booming, but even so SanDisk came within a whisker of making a loss in its second quarter as revenues of $1.03 billion tumbled 25 per cent annually and 14 per cent compared to the first quarter. The profit was just $13 million, compared to $114.3 million the previous quarter. Revenues fell …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2012

SanDisk mimics EMC's Lightning

SanDisk has a PCIe server flash card called, as if to mimic EMC, Lightning, developed from its existing Lightning SSDs. The card is available this month from SanDisk resellers with the suggested retail price for the 200GB product of $1,350, $2,350 for the 400GB version. Both have a five-year warranty. EMC introduced its VFCache …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2012
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SanDisk Extreme 120GB SSD

Another week and yet another new range of Sandforce controlled drives has been pitched into battle in an already crowded market place. Still, here’s hoping the increased competition will impact on prices. Arriving hard on the heels of Intel’s new 520 range reviewed recently, is the Extreme series from flash memory experts …
Simon Crisp, 13 Mar 2012
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REVEALED: Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined

Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 companies and only got one offer. A Schedule 14D-9 SEC filing about the $1.1bn SanDisk acquisition of Fusion-io reveals that: SanDisk and Fusion-io first discussed a possible commercial arrangement in Summer 2013. Fusion-io talked to other potential partners as well. SanDisk expressed acquisition …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014
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Sandisk's revs circle drain as mobile flash demand drops

We thought flash demand was booming, but flash supplier Sandisk's quarterly revenue has dropped to its lowest point in seven quarters after price drops and demand falls. It expects the next quarter to be even worse. Revenues in its first 2012 quarter were $1.21bn, down 7 per cent year-on-year and a thumping 24 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2012

SanDisk attacks PC hard disks

SanDisk has a new Ultra line, a cruise flash missile aimed at taking out PC and notebook hard drives and replacing them with much faster SanDisk SSDs. These are 2.5-inch format, 2-bit multi-level cell flash drives, coming in 60, 120 and 240GB capacity points. The Ultra brand is used by SanDisk for consumer flash products such as …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2011
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Shiny happy people holding DIMMs: Plus Facebook's data centres are going all-flash

HP's Discover conference, held over 10-12 June in Las Vegas, featured sessions from Intel, SanDisk and Toshiba as well as HP, and flash featured highly on the agenda. We've rounded up the most useful storage titbits for your reading pleasure. We’re informed that HP is not talking to Simplivity about acquired that converged …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
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SanDisk Memory Zone

SanDisk is a name more associated with memory cards than apps, but its new Memory Zone offering should prove useful to anyone who wants to manage and monitor their local and cloud storage from one place. The app gives you an instant snapshot of how much stuff you have on your phone - system and SD card - as well as your Dropbox …
Alun Taylor, 04 Oct 2011

SanDisk thrusts SSD into the client OEM battlefield

SanDisk has dived into the client OEM flash drive jungle with its latest X100 SSD. SanDisk bought SSD controller company Pliant last year and that company's Lightning SSD products provide SanDisk with its enterprise server-class products. Now it has introduced its X100 line of client SSDs – PC, notebook and ultrabook – which do …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2012
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OCZ, SanDisk in flash scrap

OCZ and SanDisk, two enterprise flash drive suppliers, have announced competing products, with SanDisk boasting an HP OEM deal and seemingly better IOPS performance. OCZ has refreshed its Deneva line of enterprise SSDs by updating the SandForce SF-1500 controller processor to the faster SF-2000. OCZ Deneva 2 OCZ Deneva 2 …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2011
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SanDisk launches Cruzer Blade USB thumblet drive

SanDisk has launched what it calls a paperclip-size USB thumb drive, designed to fit on a key ring and store from 2GB to 16GB of data. SanDisk Cruzer Blade The Cruzer Blade is not the smallest-ever thumblet drive but is about half the size of an ordinary USB thumb drive. Traxdata claims to have the world's smallest thumb …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2010
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SanDisk gobbles Pliant in $327m deal

Embedded and Smart Card flash supplier SanDisk is buying enterprise SSD start-up Pliant Technology for $327m. The move could well signal the start of SSD supplier consolidation. There are some equity-based incentives as well as the cash, and both company boards have approved the deal. Pliant has developed single-level cell and …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2011

MYSTERY sugar daddies showering flash upstart Tegile in gold named

Western Digital and SanDisk have been named as the two investors that just ploughed millions of dollars into hybrid flash array startup Tegile. Tegile's Zebi flash-disk array uses WD subsidiary HGST's disks and solid-state drives. With the WD funding, Tegile and HGST have a joint technology development. The companies are chasing …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013
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My software-defined life: Boss of MCS-flasher Diablo chats to the Reg

Diablo Technologies now licenses its Flash DIMM technology to SanDisk, which acquired the licence through buying SMART Storage. So far IBM and Supermicro have signed contracts with SanDisk to use its ULLtraDIMM technology in some of their X86 servers but its likely just the beginning. Just to complicate matters, IBM is selling …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014
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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

CES wouldn’t be CES without thumbdrive nonsense and it doesn’t disappoint this year, with one device modelled after a rocking toy and another whose USB stick has no cap for you to lose. LaCie Culbuto LaCie Culbuto The flash drive fussiness from French company LaCie comes in the form of Culbuto, named after a traditional …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
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We wuz right: Big Blue ARE stuffing System x boxen with ULLtraDIMMs

Confirming our story about IBM stuffing ULLtraDIMMs into its an X-series servers, storage news upstart EnterpriseTech*reports that Big Blue's coming X6 servers, supporting Xeon E7 v2 processors, will have eXFlash memory channel storage: flash memory on a DDR3 module running on the memory bus. A SanDisker confirmed it was …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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Diablo boss on IP lawsuit: We are NOT 'engaging in a public pissing match'

Tech startup blogger Willem ter Harmsel spoke with Memory Channel Storage maker Diablo Technologies' Riccardo Badalone yesterday. He updated us on the current state of affairs at Diablo, including the Netlist IP lawsuit and its newly formed links with Sandisk and IBM. Last time we spoke, Badalone hinted at a few great …

SanDisk flips out 32GB mobile phone card

SanDisk has announced a 32GB Micro SDHC Flash memory card for mobile phones. The company claims it's the highest capacity available in the format and says it's built using a 3-bit multi-layer cell flash technology based on a 32nm process. The Micro SDHC format measures 15 x 11 x 1mm, making a dud card a possible nail extension …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2010
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SanDisk, Sony pitch über CompactFlash spec

Nikon, SanDisk and Sony want to revive the CompactFlash card as the default memory card technology for pro users. CompactFlash, once found on almost every high-end camera, has faded from the scene somewhat, primarily thanks to the more convenient - read 'smaller' - SD card standard, which is now ubiquitous. CF lives on in some …
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2010
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A night with Tegile’s flashy twins will set you back $1.6 MILLION

Hybrid array start-up Tegile has come out with a T3000 product twinset; a high-end flash/disk hybrid and an all-flash array, equipping it to compete with both hybrid and all-flash array products. It’s done this by upgrading the controller processors from four 4-core Xeon E5620s to four 8-core Xeon E5-2450s. This is a serious …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014
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SanDisk upgrades Clip music player

SanDisk has updated is Sansa Clip music player ahead of Apple's anticipated iPod revamp next week. Now dubbed the Clip+, the differences appear primarily cosmetic. Still small, the Clip+ sports a phone-style navpad control in place of the rotating wheel its predecessor used. Once again, it supports Ogg files as well as MP3, WMA …
Tony Smith, 01 Sep 2009