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SanDisk Announces Release of ULLtraDIMM, The Industry’s First Flash-Based Ultra-Low Latency Storage Device

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that its ULLtraDIMM™ Solid State Drive (SSD), the industry’s first enterprise-class, ultra-low latency, memory channel storage solution, is now shipping for qualification with select enterprise servers. The addition of flash technology on the DRAM memory channel expands the growing penetration of flash storage technology in enterprise data centers, and complements SanDisk’s existing flash-based server hardware and software storage solutions.

The award-winning SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD can be integrated into an existing DIMM slot.1 This ensures ultra-low latency in business applications and results in improved application response times. Additional ULLtraDIMM SSDs can also be added to available DIMM slots, scaling performance and capacity without impacting latency. This creates new opportunities for server system designs to support use cases that require extremely fast storage, such as High-Frequency Trading (HFT), VDI, transaction processing, virtualization and cloud computing.

“The SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD was designed to expand the reach of ultra-low latency flash storage throughout the data center and scale to meet the requirements of any enterprise application, no matter how bandwidth or capacity intensive,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “The ULLtraDIMM SSD’s linear performance scalability and innovative DIMM form factor allow organizations to deploy flash as their application requirements change, without requiring significant infrastructure investment.”

SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSD will be used by IBM under the eXFlash DIMM brand name. IBM recently announced that the eXFlash DIMM is an option for its System x3850 and x3950 X6 servers providing up to 12.8TB of flash capacity2. IBM tested the solution under a variety of enterprise workloads and end-user scenarios. These early benchmarks showed that the eXFlash DIMM SSD achieved 5-10 microsecond write latency—the lowest in the industry.

Gartner indicates “that the advent of big data use cases is just one dynamic compounding the challenges of managing data growth, and organizations face massive volumes of information and new content types that require variable storage, security, protection and access methods.”3 This data growth coupled with end-users’ demand for instant access to information is spurring the need for a revolution in how chief information officers (CIOs) leverage storage to manage requirements while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

For more information about SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSD, which was developed in partnership with Diablo Technologies, please visit www.sandisk.com/enterprise. Videos on ULLtraDIMM technology can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGfpdciV9B4 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqcox3Da0c4.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. ULLtraDIMM and Guardian Technology are trademarks of SanDisk Enterprise IP LLC. The “dt” logo, “Diablo Technologies”, “Memory Channel Storage” and “MCS” are registered trademarks of Diablo Technologies, Incorporated. IBM and System x are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for markets, products and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.

1 The ULLtraDIMM received the Storage Visions 2014 “Enabling Professional Storage Technology” Award and the Business Intelligence Group’s 2014 “BIG Innovation Award.”

2 http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/x6/index.html

3 “Best Practices for Storage Administrators: Staying Relevant in an Information-Centric Data” by Sheila Childs and Alan Dayley, Gartner March 13, 2013.

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