Western Digital Addresses Increasing Application Workload Demands for VMware Environments with New Certifications of Two SSDs (HITS)

Western Digital announced that two of its most compelling data center devices are now certified for use with VMware® environments1, including the high-capacity yet cost-effective SanDisk-branded CloudSpeed™ Eco Gen. II SATA solid state drive (SSD) and the HGST-branded Ultrastar® SN100 PCI Express (PCIe) NVMe SSD, which was rated in VMware’s highest performance class2. Either used independently or together for enhanced data center benefits, these SSDs bring consistent performance and rapid responsiveness to virtual desktops, databases, e-mail, cloud services, and other business-critical applications.

The two SSDs join Western Digital’s portfolio of more than 200 WD®-, HGST- and SanDisk-branded NVMe, SATA and SAS SSDs, software and hard disk drives (HDDs) certified for VMware vSphere®, Virtual SAN™ or VMware Cloud Foundation™.

“With the certifications of our CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SATA SSD and NVMe-compliant Ultrastar SN100, Western Digital’s portfolio offers the broadest range of solutions to optimize CPU and storage resources against virtualized workloads, and addresses the full spectrum of customer use cases,” said Anand Jayapalan, vice president of enterprise and client compute solutions marketing at Western Digital. “Through our OEM and channel partners, we are enabling new VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes that provide complete hyper converged infrastructure systems specially designed with many of our customers’ most important data challenges in mind. We provide IT managers with unparalleled options – whether they are building their own software-defined storage or deploying Ready Nodes in existing and new cloud environments.”

Ultrastar SN100 SSDs and CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SSDs are designed to address the growing demand for all-flash and hybrid data centers. Using a combination of the NVMe-compliant Ultrastar SN100 SSD for caching and SATA-based CloudSpeed SATA SSDs for high capacity allows users to create a high-performance all-flash Virtual SAN optimized to manage heavy and/or unpredictable web traffic in cloud environments.

The CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II can also be used as a reliable and economical cache tier with the HGST-branded Ultrastar Helium platform HDDs for high capacity in a Virtual SAN node to address different price points for data warehousing, corporate file systems, data backup, and archiving.