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SanDisk unveils Optimus Max 4TB SAS SSD for data centres

SanDisk has unveiled its new 4TB Optimus Max SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) solid-state drive for enterprise customers, a drive which heads up a refresh of the Optimus SAS SSD family.

Designed for use in data centres where reliability and endurance are key alongside performance, SanDisk claims that this is the world's first 4TB SAS SSD, and it aims to outmuscle contemporary 2.5in 10K and 15K rpm SAS spinning hard disks.

These traditional SAS hard drives have been popular on the price front, but SanDisk notes that they are now struggling to meet performance demands – those which the Optimus Max SAS SSDs can handle, naturally. But the key is that SanDisk is promising a "breakthrough" price point with its new SSDs, as well, with a competitive sticker price, and lower running costs in terms of power and space requirements.

John Scaramuzzo, Senior VP and General Manager of Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk, commented: "Customers have been looking for a way to transition their data centres from HDDs to NAND flash, but have been forced to decide between cost and performance, or give up important functionality. The Optimus Max eliminates the need for compromises. We believe that the Optimus Max will be a disruptive force within the storage industry, catalysing many organisations to make the switch from their HDD-prominent data centre infrastructures to SSDs."

The Optimus Max SSD comes complete with Guardian technology on board, which consists of FlashGuard, DataGuard and EverGuard, all designed to provide error correction and failure recovery to high standards.

As we mentioned, the rest of the Optimus SAS SSD family will also be getting a refresh to take advantage of 19nm NAND flash alongside the Max's launch. Expect the new drives to land in the third quarter of this year.

Earlier this month, SanDisk also announced new CloudSpeed SSDs for the enterprise world.