SoftBank rolls out software-defined storage services

Enterprise Innovation editors
Enterprise Innovation

Japan's SoftBank has adopted an all-flash storage platform from SanDisk for its software-defined storage services.

SoftBank has built a new software-defined, multi-petabyte in-house system using the SanDisk InfiniFlash platform as its core storage engine for real-time data transaction applications, enabling the installation of software in general-purpose servers.

This has allowed SoftBank to integrate operations of complex systems, solve the problem of silos, and eliminate vendor-specific tasks, which has led to higher efficiency.

With its scalability and high density, the new system is able to handle a soaring volumes of data and has made it possible to reduce the number of racks by 75% and power consumption by up to 83% within the data center, compared to traditional dedicated storage.

SoftBank selected the SanDisk InfiniFlash platform after considering compatibility with diverse software-defined storage solutions and costs through a proof-of-concept process. This system is deployed by PS Solutions Corp. a leading provider of IT solutions and IT outsourcing.

The SanDisk InfiniFlash platform offers up to 512TB of recording density in one 3-rack-unit (3U) platform and delivers both the economics of HDD-based storage and performance of flash memory storage to support the needs of mid- to massive-scale environments.

With a less-than $1-per-gigabyte price point without compression and deduplication, it delivers unprecedented scale and performance for flash technology in combination with software-defined storage, bringing significant innovation compared to the traditional, proprietary storage market.

The SanDisk InfiniFlash platform can be connected to up to eight servers, allowing computing and storage to be added separately while also delivering the reliability and high performance of flash. This helps the company significantly save on capital expenses and operational costs in the data center.

“The SanDisk InfiniFlash platform is the first super-large-capacity flash storage platform that the SanDisk brand launched for data centers, based on its rich experience and knowhow in flash development and production,” said Yasuyuki Kato, director of system infrastructure at SoftBank.

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