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SanDisk’s new InfiniFlash storage format will sell for under $1per GB



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SanDisk is hoping the $1.1/GB price of its new InfiniFlash storage platform will be enough to convince customers that all-flash systems can be viable for big-data applications, including content streaming and giant databases. The first InfiniFlash product, the rack-mountable IF100, will sell for less than $1 per gigabyte, with the exact cost depending on who’s buying, and how many, said Ravi Swaminathan, SanDisk’s general manager of systems and software solutions. Pretty much everything about the IF100 is hot-swappable, whether it’s the dual power supplies, the four fans, or the row of up to 64 flash storage cards each holding 8 terabytes. That gives the 3U (133 millimeter-high) box a capacity of up to 512TB. It can sustain a throughput of up to 7GB/s or over 780,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) yet consumes under 750W fully loaded, replacing a hard disk array of thousands and thousands of watts. For all that, “This is just a box of flash. It has no compute in the box,” he said. Instead, the IF100 has ports for connecting to up to eight external servers.

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