SanDisk Optimus SAS SSD Selected by Kaminario for Next-Generation K2 All Solid-State SAN Solution

Optimus SSDs Help Kaminario K2 Platform Break SPC-1 Benchmark World Record While Bringing Performance, High-Capacity, Endurance and Value

MILPITAS, Calif.--()--SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that Kaminario, a scale-out all-flash array provider, has selected the Optimus™ Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state drive (SSD) for use in its next-generation K2 all solid-state SAN storage solution.

Leveraging the Optimus SSD, the Kaminario K2 broke the Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark world record for performance on Oct. 17, 2013, averaging up to 1.24M IOPS and 10GB/s of data throughput from the 86TB test system. Kaminario chose the Optimus SSD for its industry leading combination of capacity, performance, endurance and value which allowed the Kaminario K2 to also achieve one of the best price performance results to date of $0.80 per SPC-1 IOPS.

“All-flash arrays are beginning to grow in popularity as a solution that delivers higher performance, improved responsiveness, and better efficiency,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research director for solid state storage at IDC. “The key to their continued growth will not only be more cost-effective solutions, but also gains in total system capacity and the ability of drive manufacturers to extend flash endurance to meet a broad set of application needs.”

“Organizations worldwide are looking for consistent and linear scale of performance to enable accurate and faster decision making from massive data sets,” Ritu Jyoti, vice president of product management at Kaminario. “The Optimus SSDs allow the K2 to deliver the performance and capacity needed for nearly any application at a reasonable cost. This not only enables us to meet customer performance and budgetary needs, but break world records in the process.”

The Optimus SSD leverages the Guardian Technology™ Platform, a proprietary suite of durability features, to deliver enterprise-class uptime over the life of the storage. This ensures the Kaminario K2 can meet the endurance requirements of write-intensive applications using lower cost multi-level cell (MLC) flash technology. The Guardian Technology Platform also delivers a full suite of enterprise features to the Optimus SSD, including backup power circuit technology, full data path protection, data fail recovery, thermal monitoring and AES 256-bit encryption.

“Our customers have shifted their focus from building bigger boxes, to packing more performance, capacity and reliability into more compact form factors. However, to do so, OEMs and integrators often must make sacrifices between the three,” said Steve Fingerhut, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “The Optimus SSD enables us to strike a balance between the performance, capacity, reliability, and endurance organizations require, enabling our customers to deliver innovative solutions without making sacrifices in the process.”

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

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Release Summary

SanDisk Corporation today announced Kaminario has selected the Optimus™ Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state drive for use in its next-generation K2 all solid-state SAN storage solution.


SanDisk Corporation
Wendy Sept Vlieks, 408-801-2903