SanDisk 6TB and 8TB SSDs in Development, Expected Release 2016
SanDisk is developing datacentre-class 6TB and 8TB SSDs and the company is planning on launching them in 2016.
In April 2014, SanDisk introduced the first ever datacentre-class 4TB solid-state drive. The company delivers the SSD to only one major user. The thing is not everyone requires this much capacity on SSDs and some can’t even afford it. The ones who can, they need a reasonable time to qualify drives before deployment.
The SanDisk Optimus Max 4TB solid-state SSDs introduced back in 2013 supported SAS infrastructure, SSD-class performance and had high density storage. It was launched to swap with 10K and 15K rpm hard disk drives.
The drives were capable of performing 75K or 15K read and write IOPS (input /output operations per second). It can read/write up to 400MB/s. These Optimus Max 4TB solid-state SSDs are only being shipped to one of the company’s OEM customers.
Chief executive officer and president of SanDisk, Sanjay Mehrotra assures that this product is highly in demand and other OEM customers are currently qualifying the Optimus Max 4TB solid-state drive. He further adds that 6TB and 8TB solid-state drives will be based on NAND flash memory (Toshiba’s multi-level) using 15nm fabrication technology.
The Optimus Max SSD has become an important high capacity solution for one of our OEM customer’s all flash array offerings. Several other OEM and hyperscale customers are now qualifying our 4TB enterprise SAS SSD because they see the value of reducing their total cost of acquisition and ownership by utilizing this highest capacity solution.
We are developing our next-generation 15nm NAND flash-based 12Gb/s SAS SSD with higher capacity and performance. We expect to introduce that solution to market in 2016 with revenue contribution starting in late 2016.
The enterprise is expected to increase the total availability from $4 billion (2014) to $8 billion (2018).