Western Digital has announced the first enterprise NVMe-based SSD under their SanDisk brand, with the new SanDisk Shykawk SSDs being 2.5-inch U.2-based SSDs for the datacenter.
WD's own HGST division has its own NVMe SSDs, and their own WD branded Black M.2 NVMe SSD, while the new Skyhawk drive is powered by SanDisk's proprietary Fusion-IO architecture. The new SanDisk Skyhawk SSDs in two models: Skyhawk, and Skyhawk Ultra.
Skyhawk comes in 1.92TB and 3.84TB sizes with up to 1500MB/read and 1170MB/sec writes, with 99K IOPS on mixed random read/whites, while the Skyhawk Ultra arrives in 1.6TB and 3.2TB varieties, with up to 1700MB/sec reads and 1200MB/sec writes, while the IOPS soar to 150K.
There's no pricing on the SanDisk Skyhawk SSDs, with greater availability set to begin in Q2.