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SanDisk and Super Micro Computer Announce Design Win for ULLtraDIMM™, Industry’s First Ultra-Low Latency SSD

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, and Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), today announced that the SanDisk ULLtraDIMM™ solid state drive (SSD), the industry’s first enterprise-class, ultra-low latency, memory-channel connected storage solution, will begin shipping in Supermicro’s Green SuperServer® and SuperStorage platforms. Adding flash storage on the memory bus provides Supermicro® with a powerful solution to help customers address growing data center application performance requirements without a significant infrastructure investment.

The award winning ULLtraDIMM is the industry's lowest latency SSD solution. (Photo: Business Wire)

The award winning ULLtraDIMM is the industry's lowest latency SSD solution. (Photo: Business Wire)

“The ULLtraDIMM SSD was designed to expand the reach of 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. “We are very excited to partner with Supermicro in offering this innovative, ultra-low latency storage solution to help their customers accelerate the performance of their cloud, virtualization, HPC and other applications and experience the benefits of a flash-transformed data center.”

According to IDC, by 2015 big data workloads will be one of the fastest-growing contributors to storage in the cloud1. With data being generated, processed and stored at unprecedented levels, and IT pressured to accelerate performance and deliver real-time access to information, enterprises are increasingly turning to flash-based, low-latency storage solutions.

Eric Burgener, research director for IDC’s storage practice, said: “Memory channel storage options like SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM consistently deliver lower storage latencies than data center SAN solutions can. There are a number of different application environments, including database, VDI, and mixed virtual workloads, that can directly benefit from these types of lower latencies, and more and more organizations are deploying them. With this design win under its belt, it’s clear that SanDisk’s partners are seeing a good market opportunity for these types of host-based storage solutions.”

Supermicro tested the 200GB and 400GB* capacities of the ULLtraDIMM SSD under a variety of enterprise workloads and end-user scenarios. The benchmarks showed that the ULLtraDIMM SSD provides the lowest latency storage option available today.

“Supermicro leads the industry with the widest range of innovative, high performance, green computing solutions and delivers the lowest latency server and storage platforms on the market with SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM technology,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “With complete in-memory compute optimized solutions, we offer the most cost-effective path to scalable, ultra-low latency performance for mission-critical, data-intensive workloads in data center, cloud, enterprise, virtualization, financial Services and HPC applications.”

The award-winning ULLtraDIMM SSD can be integrated into an existing DIMM slot, which removes the performance bottleneck from the storage subsystem2. This ensures ultra-low latency in business applications and results in improved application response times. Additionally, adding ULLtraDIMM SSDs to systems can scale 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 VDI, transaction processing, virtualization, and cloud computing.

The ULLtraDIMM SSD, which was developed in partnership with Diablo Technologies, is expected to begin shipping in Supermicro’s SuperServer and SuperStorage platforms in Q4 2014. For more information about SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSD, please visit www.sandisk.com/enterprise. A video on ULLtraDIMM SSD technology can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGfpdciV9B4.

Visit SanDisk at Flash Memory Summit

Information and demos of SanDisk’s full line of hardware and software storage solutions—inclusive of the ULLtraDIMM and Fusion-io products—can be gained by visiting booth #204 or #600 during the Flash Memory Summit taking place August 5-7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Please also join Steve Wozniak for his Fireside Chat on Wednesday, August 6 at 11:40am and stop by to see one of the booth theater SanDisk Flash Forum presentations to be entered to win a Google Chromebook Pixel and SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD autographed by Steve Wozniak.

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.

About Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market. For more information on Supermicro solutions, visit www.supermicro.com .

* 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less.

© 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. 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, market growth, products, timelines, costs 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. This news release also contains forward-looking statements attributed to third parties, which reflect their expectations as of the date of issuance. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the demand and the market for our products or those of our partners may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products or those of our partners may not be available in the capacities or on the timelines 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 Source: IDC Analyst Connection, Flash, Cloud, and Software-Defined Storage: Trends Disrupting the Market, February 2014 .

2 SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSD has received several industry awards including the 2014 SSD Innovation Leader awards, the Storage Visions Visionary Products Award, the 2014 BIG Innovation Award and the 2013 SVC Awards.

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