SanDisk releases new SSDs for old computers
Company pitches that replacing an existing hard drive with an SSD is more cost effective than purchasing a new computer
Computerworld - SanDisk has introduced a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) that it's marketing directly to retail consumers versus computer system manufacturers.
SanDisk is pitching its new Ultra SSD line as a product that can be used to replace hard drives in older systems and thereby increase the performance, durability and lifespan of existing laptops and desktops.
There is nothing that differentiates the new SSD line from a product marketed to equipment manufacturers other than it's being packaged for retail sales.
The Ultra SSD line, which uses the SATA 2.0 specification I/O interface, sports a sequential read rate of up to 280MB/sec and a sequential write rate of up to 270MB/sec.
SanDisk claims the SSD, which is based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rate of up to one million hours.
Most SSD industry experts do not believe MTBF is an accurate way to determine a products longevity as it relates to a the failure rates based on a representative group of shipped products and not the testing of individual drives.
That said, today's MLC-based SSDs have special firmware that helps extend the longevity of the product for up to 10,000 erase-write cycles, meaning a drive can be written to as many as 10,000 times.
Kent Perry, director of product marketing for SanDisk, pointed out that replacing an existing hard drive with an SSD is more cost effective than purchasing a new computer.
The new Ultra SSD line comes in drive 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities and retails for $129.99, $219.99 and $449.99, respectively.
U.S. consumers can order the drive now from online retailers such as Newegg.com, where prices are significantly lower than the suggested retail.
Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Read more about Storage Hardware in Computerworld's Storage Hardware Topic Center.
- Top Five Reasons Why Customers Deploy a Flash 1st Strategy on EMC VNX Storage Read why with a FLASH 1st strategy, customers don't need to compromise between performance and TCO.
- Analyst: EMC's FLASH 1st Strategy Gain insight from analyst ESG on Flash storage and how the logic and value behind EMC's strategy for Flash.
- IBM FlashSystem At-a-Glance The IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution accelerates applications with enterprise-class advanced storage capabilities for less than the cost of disk.
- Top Reasons for Upgrading to Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBAs With Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBAs you can run more virtual machines and applications per server, cut your HBA installation and management time...
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily...
- On Demand: Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed, and it continues to escalate. IT must answer to users who demand access to their... All Storage Hardware White Papers | Webcasts