Last year SanDisk introduced the SanDisk Tech Assisted Refresh (STAR) program for enterprises to ease the transition from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs. SanDisk gained valuable experience from its internal upgrade program where 4,600 employees’ laptops were migrated from HDDs to SSDs and with STAR program SanDisk is bringing the benefits of its internal program to all enterprises.

The core benefit of STAR program is that it requires no resources from the customer company. One of the main obstacles of SSD upgrades is the fact IT managers cannot abandon their daily routines and perform SSD upgrades on hundreds, or even thousands of computers, and hiring temporary workforce is both risky and expensive. In SanDisk’s STAR program, the upgrade and migration is fully done by SanDisk’s technical specialists, who will come onsite and perform the data migration and SSD installation overnight, resulting in zero downtime for the employees.

For any company, one of the most important financial metrics is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). By upgrading existing laptops with SSDs, companies are able to extend the lifecycle of a laptop from 3-4 years to 4-5 years, which results in annual savings of approximately $400 per laptop. For a company with 1,000 corporate laptops, that is deferred savings of $400,000 by simply extending the lifecycle of the laptop with an SSD.

Additionally, SSDs have higher reliability and lower failure rates when compared with traditional HDDs because SSDs are not susceptible to mechanical wear or crashes due to jarring motion. With less failures, there is less downtime for employees and the IT managers can also focus on other duties rather than replacing failed HDDs and reimaging the system data. Furthermore, SSDs offer significantly higher performance and battery life, which allows the employees to work longer and more efficiently. When considering all the advantages, SanDisk estimates that an SSD equipped laptop results in total annual savings of $610 per laptop.

For full details and customer experiences of SanDisk’s STAR program, please refer to the STAR SSD Upgrade Program whitepaper.

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  • Samus - Friday, April 3, 2015 - link

    Don't feed the trolls Kristian. As an IT director, I found the article thoroughly interesting, although not surprising. I tell everyone SSD's will extend the service period of a machine or breath life into an old machine (even a Core 2) and this post makes a good reference for those facts.

    To me the article isn't so much Sandisk related as it is industry-related. That's why it still belongs here, even if it is plugging the somewhat surprising STAR program. I wouldn't let any outside company in to our firm to do disk imaging! How would they possibly succeed without having administrative privileges to optimize the system for the SSD (prefetch, indexing, etc) and update license data for various software. Even QuickBooks needs the entitlementdata.xml updated when you change physical boot drives...
  • gw74 - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - link

    OK now you're just trolling. the link on the front page starts "sponsored post" so there is no "switch" no "pretending, and it is an "article", a sponsored article. pipe the f*** down.
  • woggs - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Doesn't say that until I've clicked what seems to be any other article. It's an add made to look like an article, just like in magazines that I don't buy anymore.
  • Notmyusualid - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I'd just like to say, I love this site - check it everyday, and have done for years.

    But even I didn't recognize this article as an advertisement, until I saw the comments.

    So why not make it an article now? Ask Samsung to give us ALL the details of their experience on the matter... have employees describe their experiences, and how it has / has not impoved their daily workload, etc.

    As for the figures... I can't imagine corporates are saving all THAT much cash / device each year, but then, what do I know?
  • eanazag - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I didn't find it hard to tell the difference between this piece and articles written by the Anandtech writers. The author is clearly listed. I don't care to see more of this. As far as the content, if you have been reading Anandtech since 2009 you already know these benefits. Sandisk just realized this in 2015? I do not immediately understand the lower battery life savings of $45 per year.

    Anyhow, overnight upgrades with no effort on a company is not entirely true. If all the PCs upgraded were less than 3 years old, than there is a good shot. Laptops older than 3 years have a a failure rate in the transition that does take place. We routinely encounter this when a hard drive is on its last leg and the image copy process just won't take. You're then reimaging and migrating data as best you can. I don't think I would feel comfortable giving domain access to Sandisk. The process is not as rosy as depicted.

    That being said, I think it is pretty smart that Sandisk is offering this. I think they have decent SSDs, but they are not on my short list for go to drives. When I buy for the company, I make sure it supports the MS eDrive spec for hardware based Bitlocker. What you end up seeing is Micron and Samsung drives.
  • Kristian Vättö - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    The X300s does have full hardware encryption support, including eDrive.
  • JonnyDough - Saturday, April 4, 2015 - link

    This sure sounded like an advertisement to me. "by Sponsored Post"

    Welcome to Best of Media Corp, who recently bought Anandtech, as well as Tom's Hardware. All of the info contained in this "blurp" we'll call it, are well known advantages of SSDs. The numbers are nice I guess...but looks like we're reading advertisements now and thinking it's actual articles. Sigh. Why did I come here?
  • edzieba - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Jeez, adverts masquerading as news on the homepage (sitting i nthe Pipeline feed with nothing to distinguish it from a real article)? Not a good sign.
  • UltraWide - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    It's a new editor!
  • colinw - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Is this part of AT under new ownership?

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