Hey, I'm a legacy HGST employee and I'm wondering about the size of enterprise SSD effort at Sandisk. I guess it is very clear that the efforts are mostly focused at consumer market at present but without going into much details, could anybody give me an idea of the enterprise hardware/firmware development effort there?
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SanDisk's Enterprise business is non-existent. The failed acquisitions of Pliant, SMART failed to deliver. FusionIO was a last ditch effort, but by that time, all the competitors have caught up with a portfolio of PCI-E and NVMe flash solutions.
The main reason for SanDisk acquisition is the nand fab. HGST/Intel enterprise SSDs have made quite a name in the enterprise market when compared with SanDisk enterprise SSDs. Hence the focus for the future would be to leverage SanDisk Nand and controllers while still supporting legacy customers from HGST. So, there might be some resource action on both sides.
WD paid about 2 milllion dollars for each employee to acquire SanDisk. Layoff more HGST SSD in October/November makes more sense.
Enterprise SAS division at SNDK might get affected. SATA, PCIe and client SSD divisions will do just fine
Can anyone tell how much ssd market share that San disk keeps? Read an article that total ssd market share of wd after merger with San disk is only 14%.
Sandisk has both comsumer SSD and enterprise SSD divisions. The enterprise division is pretty big. Remember Sandisk acquired fusion-io at 2014 and signed partnership agreement with HP on 2015 on developing data center SSD products. Regarding the merge with WD, I believe more worry is on SanDisk side, because when looking at market share, WD is better. So do not worry! Good luck