|[September 27, 2007]
SanDisk to Sell Solid-State Drives to Systems Integrators Through Select Distribution Partners
MILPITAS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- SanDisk(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced that it will offer its line of solid-state drives (SSD) for resale to the system integrator community through select U.S.-based distribution partners. The move comes after a successful OEM launch last spring of SanDisk's 32-gigabyte (GB)(1), 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) interface model, which is compatible with most mainstream notebook designs.
Previously available only to PC manufacturers as a drop-in replacement for hard disk drives, the SanDisk 2.5-inch SSD fits in the same internal slot as 2.5-inch hard drives. Now, the distribution channel that resells integrated systems with solid-state drives, or stand-alone units, to system builders will be able to offer the durability, performance and low power consumption of solid-state flash memory to their customers. System integrators are those who create PCs or other devices from acquired components.
"System integrators will now have the ability to offer the SanDisk SSD as part of their solution and bring it to their customer base," said Scott Deutsch, vice president of worldwide sales for SanDisk's Computing Solutions Division. "As a result, this will make SSD-based systems available to large enterprises and small-to-medium businesses that choose to take advantage of SSD over the typical hard disk drives."
Initially, SanDisk has named Ingram Micro Inc., D&H Distributing and Bell Microproducts as U.S. distribution partners to sell into the system integrator community, with shipments of the 32GB units expected to start in October. SanDisk plans to broaden distribution in the U.S. and into Europe during the first quarter of 2008 to accommodate expected increases in demand for SSDs as hard drive replacements.
This new distribution represents a deeper penetration by SanDisk into the OEM and distribution channel by partnering with these leading broad line technology distributors. Until now, SanDisk SSDs have been available through its OEM distributors for various OEM applications including industrial, embedded and computing solutions.
"Mainstream notebook PC OEMs are beginning to feature the performance and high reliability benefits of solid-state drives as drop-in replacements for hard disk drives," said Jeff Janukowicz, a research manager in IDC's Storage Group. "With SanDisk's expansion of sales through the distribution channel, systems integrators and white box manufacturers will gain easy access to SSDs, enabling further market adoption."
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, California, and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.
(1) 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
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