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Toshiba Memory Achieves VMware vSAN Certification for Value SAS SSDs

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Memory America, Inc. (TMA)
, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba
Memory Corporation, today announced that its newly released RM5
of value SAS SSDs has earned VMware vSAN™ 6.7 certification
running in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. Designed to replace enterprise
SATA SSDs in server applications, the RM5 Series delivers more than
twice the performance per dollar1 of SATA SSDs at a similar
price point. This certification enables 12 gigabits per second (12Gb/s)
RM5 Series SSDs to be shared across connected hosts in a VMware vSphere®
cluster, allowing users to pool SSDs together in a single, distributed
shared data store.

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The RM5 Series of 12Gb/s value SAS SSDs with VMware vSAN 6.7 and VMware ESXi™ 6.7 certification are  ...

The RM5 Series of 12Gb/s value SAS SSDs with VMware vSAN 6.7 and VMware ESXi™ 6.7 certification are listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide and are now shipping through Dell EMC PowerEdge server sales. (Photo: Business Wire)

VMware vSAN 6.7 certification is the most current vSAN compatibility
with server-side support for Dell PowerEdge servers. Users can now have
high confidence that Toshiba Memory’s RM5 Series SSDs will operate
optimally on leading server platforms running a vSAN solution. These
SSDs deliver faster, lower latency storage performance versus enterprise
SATA SSDs, as validated through benchmark testing2. The
results showcase that a vSAN cluster configured with RM5 drives
delivered up to 40 percent higher application performance in a
TPC-C™-like workload environment.

“We are pleased to collaborate closely with Toshiba Memory America to
certify a new class of SSD for the fast-growing hyper-converged
infrastructure industry,” said Lee Caswell, vice president of products,
Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware. “Storage performance has
never been more critical, especially now that VMware vSAN is certified
for the highest-performance in-memory databases. Customers looking for
higher value and better performing solutions than SATA can look to
Toshiba Memory’s RM5 Series of 12Gb/s value SAS SSDs.”

“Achieving VMware certification provides our RM5 value SAS SSD customers
with the value, performance and confidence they need when deploying a
vSAN solution,” said Alvaro Toledo, vice president of SSD marketing and
product planning, Toshiba Memory America, Inc. “Based on validation
testing, our RM5 SSDs demonstrated 45 percent more orders per minute for
every dollar3 than enterprise SATA SSDs – enabling customers
to take advantage of this added value at a competitive price point.”

RM5 Series 12Gb/s value SAS SSDs with VMware vSAN 6.7 and VMware ESXi™
6.7 certification are listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide4
and are now shipping through Dell EMC PowerEdge server sales.

To learn more about Toshiba Memory’s RM5 Series of value SAS SSDs for
Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and prepare for “life after SATA,” visit

About Toshiba Memory America, Inc.

Toshiba Memory America, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba
Memory Corporation
, a leading worldwide supplier of flash
and solid
state drives (SSDs)
. From the invention of flash memory to today’s
breakthrough 96-layer BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, Toshiba Memory
continues to lead innovation and move the industry forward. For more
information on Toshiba Memory, please visit
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be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change
without prior notice. Technical and application information contained
here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba Memory product

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1 From the Principled Technologies® Report
entitled, “Get better analytics performance for a lower cost with value
SAS and data center NVMe™ SSDs from Toshiba Memory,” and available at:,
page 5.

2 System-level OLTP benchmarking conducted by
Toshiba Memory America, Inc. included RM5 Series SSDs (960GB capacities)
and enterprise SATA SSDS (960GB capacities), in an emulated OLTP
environment. Results were based on three runs that tested average
transactions per minute (tpm) and overall disk latency (microseconds).
Read and write speed may vary, as well as latency, depending on the host
device, read and write conditions, and benchmark programs. Toshiba
Memory defines a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes. Sequential read
and write performance, and latency, mentioned herein are reference data,
and may vary from the RM5 product data in the datasheet.

3 From the Principled Technologies Report entitled,
“Discover life after SATA with value SAS SSDs from Toshiba Memory” and
available at:,
page 4.

4 The VMware Compatibility Guide is available at: