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By Victoria Koepnick, SanDisk Product Marketing


FlashSoft™ software from SanDisk® is server-side caching software that extends the value of NetApp to Windows, Linux, and VMware® vSphere™ servers. Utilizing any SAS, SATA, or PCIe solid-state device as a server-side cache, FlashSoft reduces latency between server and storage to improve performance across the entire compute, network, and storage stack without disruption to existing NetApp storage infrastructure, data management, and data protection schemes.  

NetApp + FlashSoft Solution Components



For virtualized environments, FlashSoft with NetApp helps you:

  • Virtualize your most critical applications with confidence
  • Increase VM density
  • Improve application performance
  • Target performance enhancement to specific servers and virtual machines
  • Balance utilization of server and storage resources
  • Easily scale your virtual infrastructure with no agent in the virtual machine/guest OS


For non-virtualized environments, you can:

  • Effectively deploy any standard SSD as storage cache in a Linux or Windows server
  • Improve database performance by a factor of 3 to 5 times
  • Utilize existing hardware and software RAID and standard backups
  • Offload I/O from SAN resources
  • Balance utilization of server and storage resources


FlashSoft 4x-5x Performance Acceleration*


*ESG Labs Validation Report


In addition to the above benefits to servers and applications, FlashSoft provides significant benefits to NetApp storage systems as well. By satisfying I/O requests in the server, FlashSoft offloads I/O from the network and the storage array. Thus the array can function more efficiently to deliver higher performance to any server or application that accesses it.


As a NetApp Server Cache Technology Alliance Partner the FlashSoft team as SanDisk works closely with NetApp to be sure the NetApp software and tools you use work seamlessly with FlashSoft.


Learn more about FlashSoft and our solutions with NetApp.


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