SanDisk enters portable SSD market, reveals new SSDs and flash drives

Storage vendor makes announcements at Computex
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SanDisk has announced a bunch of new products at the Computex 2015 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.

Firstly, the storage vendor has entered the portable SSD market (pictured) with the Extreme 900 Portable SSDs, which SanDisk says are the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable SSDs, and the Extreme 500 Portable SSDs, the company’s new pocket-sized rugged drives.

The news comes after SanDisk announced a new SSD for mobile computers last week.

The SanDisk Extreme 900 portable drives feature speeds of up to nine times faster than a portable hard drive, while the SanDisk Extreme 500 drives offer speeds up to four times faster.

"These powerful solutions are ideal for photographers, videographers, creative professionals and tech enthusiasts looking to move massive files at phenomenal speeds, helping them save time and simplify work processes at the office or out in the field," said the company in a statement.

The drives aim to give users an advantage when they are working with 4K video, taking detailed high-res photos or creating large graphics files.

The Extreme 900 features speeds of up to 850MB/s, while the Extreme 500 Portable SSD has speeds of up to 415MB/s. The Extreme 500 Portable SSDs also feature a black finish with rubber bumpers, and a metal ring that easily clips into a bag.

The new family of SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs also feature SanDisk SecureAccess software with 128-bit encryption to secure files.

The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs will be available worldwide in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, at MSRPs of $99.99, $149.99 and $239.99 respectively. The SanDisk Extreme 900 SSDs will be available worldwide in capacities of 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB at MSRPs of $399.99, $599.99 and $999.99, respectively. Both new SSD lines feature a three-year warranty.

Secondly, SanDisk has launched two new USB 3.0 flash drives.

The 128GB SanDisk Ultra FitTM USB 3.0 Flash Drive ($119.99) is billed as "the world's smallest USB 3.0" with speeds of up to 130MB/s.

And the 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive ($199.99) is SanDisk's highest capacity USB flash drive to-date with transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s.

SanDisk's new USB 3.0 offerings feature a five-year warranty, include SanDisk SecureAccess software to keep private files safe with password protection and 128-bit encryption, and come with a year's subscription to RescuePRO software to recover lost or corrupted files.

Thirdly, SanDisk has announced its new CloudSpeed EcoTM Gen. II SATA SSD, a purpose-built storage device for cloud service providers with up to 2TB capacity.

This new SSD is now sampling with select hyperscale customers. Based on 15nm NAND flash, the new CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SSD delivers greater storage density with three times the streaming bandwidth vs hard disk drives (HDDs). 

"Digital business transformation has put tremendous pressure on cloud service providers to deliver massive capacity and performance with increasing cost efficiency," said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk.

"As a trusted provider of flash-based solutions for three of the largest cloud service providers, SanDisk understands hyperscale application demands. We've designed CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II to deliver better cloud-scale economics with specific features so that cloud service providers can deliver superior customer experiences."

Historically, cloud service providers have relied on HDDs for data storage requirements because they offered large pools of low-cost capacity. 

CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II 2TB SSD will be available through SanDisk Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) and select enterprise channel partners later this year. 

See more Computex 2015 news here.

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