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Lightning mixed-use SAS SSDs use a SanDisk controller, based on a parallel processing architecture, to deliver tested and proven reliability. These SAS SSDs have been specifically designed for mission-critical, 24/7 applications with a typical workload comprised of a 70/30 read/write mix.
Collaborative workloads include email, messaging, and groupware. These workloads, such as Microsoft® SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange® and Linux-based groupware, allow end-users to share content and to coordinate with others. SanDisk flash memory promotes ease-of-use by reducing latency and smoothing out the customer experience—even if the amount of end-user updates ebbs and peaks throughout the work day.
Lightning Mixed-Use SAS SSDs support hundreds of individual end-user “sessions” on a server instead of storing those sessions on local PCs. This approach protects enterprise data and ensures business continuity. Lightning Mixed-Use SAS SSDs avoid boot storms which often slow VDI response times when large numbers of end-users start up their personal-desktop applications in a VDI environment.
What happens to the data on the SSD if the power is turned off? The SanDisk Lightning Mixed SSD retains the data just as an HDD would.
Is a special enclosure required for the SanDisk Lightning Mixed SSD? The SanDisk Lightning Mixed SSD is compatible with any industry standard enclosure that supports a 2.5 inch form factor and SAS interface.
Is any special device driver software required for the SanDisk Lightning Mixed SSD? The SanDisk Lightning Mixed SSD requires no special device driver software.
Can the SanDisk Lightning Mixed SSD be mixed with HDD’s or other types of SDDs in the same enclosure? Just as with HDD’s, mixing of disk drives with different workload profiles will render unpredictable results. Therefore mixing of devices is not recommended.
Do SanDisk Lightning Mixed Use SSDs really increase the performance of servers? Yes, SanDisk Lightning Mixed Use SSDs can increase a server’s performance by reducing a server’s I/O wait time to get data for processing. SAS HDDs have an average wait time of half a disk revolution before the read heads are positioned over the desired data. The SanDisk Lightning Mixed Use SSDs have no moving parts, so data is accessed much faster thus reducing server wait time.
Can SanDisk Lightning Mixed Use SSDs really greatly consolidate/reduce storage footprint? Yes. With HDDs performance is directly related to spindle count, so the more HDD spindles, the greater the performance. Traditionally, in the HDD environment short stroking has been used to obtain the level of performance required – short stroking is the technique of greatly over-provisioning HDD spindles to obtain a desired performance level while only requiring a fraction of the over-provisioned storage capacity.
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