SanDisk recently announced that it has began shipping its new ULLtraDIMM memory storage solution for qualification with select enterprise servers. ULLtraDIMM was designed to be a low-latency, high performance storage solution and it achieves that by using non-volatile memory and interfacing with a system directly through its memory interface via existing DIMM slots as opposed to the traditional SATA or PCIe. ULLtraDIMM was developed in collaboration with Diablo Technologies.
SanDisk claims that its ULLtraDIMM memory drives can achieve random read and write performance of up to 150k IOPS and 65K IOPS respectively, whereas sustained read and write performance can be as high as 1GB/s and 760MB/s respectively. Write latency is also claimed to be a mere 5 microseconds. The drive will currently come in 200GB and 400GB capacities.
In fact, this new technology is so promising that it prompted RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman on Friday to call it "game-changing" and issue a bullish report, hiking his price target on the stock $84 to $100. SanDisk's stocks also hit a 14-year high of $82.55 on March 21.