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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  • banvetor - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    C'mon guys... once you see the author name and the category, it is really clear what this is, and no one is trying to hide it. If that's the price to pay to keep AT free and with high quality, then I say it's a small price to pay indeed...
  • woggs - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Next we'll see articles considerably biased to Sandisk then... Separation of advertising and "journalism" is important. Now we know it's compromised.
  • Kristian Vättö - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Articles like this one are a form of advertising that our sales people offer to the clients -- it's not journalism because us, the editors, had absolutely nothing to do with this article. There would only be a conflict of interest if me or another editor authored this article, but as you can clearly see that's not the case.

    The business and editorial sides have always been separated. The business people have no say in what products we review, how we review them or whether the outcome of the review is positive or negative. In turn, we don't know who are running ad campaigns and how much they are paying for them, and frankly I don't even care because I get paid on a per review basis, so whether the manufacturer likes the review or not doesn't bring any extra food to my table.
  • hrrmph - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    This site just sh*t on Anand's legacy... again.

    I'm just surprised at who is defending it. In it is indefensible to muddy the waters in this manner. It is click bait, regardless of who at AT did it.

    The readers are correct to call it out for what it is: crass and off-putting.

    We all knew it was coming, so there is no surprise. But, don't expect us to be quiet about it.

    There are lines that shouldn't be crossed. First the boss spoke down to you folks (the authors) publicly. I protested, and that stopped (thankfully). I stayed silent when AT dropped DailyTech. I guess over the years I got weary of trying to explain why AT and DT = 3 instead of 2. AT is boring without DT. Tweets: great, I always wanted to watch one-half of a boring conversation. What ever happened to blogs that gave us some extra insight into the souls of what makes the authors tick... and...

    ... now the marketing folks want to steal even more screen real estate away from editorial.

    Eventually there will be nothing left of AT that can't be gotten better elsewhere. When that happens (and mark my words, it IS in the process of happening), then finally someone will be sent in to resurrect the empty shell of the site, in an attempt to regain at least some of the glory that once was.

    If they fail, it will flounder around until it fades or is sold for scraps (as we've already seen with so many legacy sites). If they succeed it will be done the way it was at ExtremeTech (show everyone the door, whether they are good or bad, and start over again from zero), which would just be brutal.

    Or you folks can grow a pair and tell marketing to eff-off when they want to cr*p on your product. Because that is what they are doing.

    Choice is yours. If you truly have no choice (as in, they will fire you), then respectfully stay silent. That would be better than doing their wicked bidding for them.
  • alphasquadron - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I agree with the previous poster. Everyone that starts off on this path are always confident that this money influx regardless of whether you see it or your other department sees it will never change them. Someone sees the money, to say a large(or small right now) influx of money does not affect anything and can be ignored is not believable. You are not the first person(and won't be the last) to confidently state that money will not affect how they do things. I think its a slippery slope towards becoming more biased even if it will be 1-2 years later.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    As ugly as it was; the different color scheme from the AMD sponsored posts from a year ago made it much more obvious we were reading an over-glorified press release; not normal content. Just using "sponsored post" is much less obvious; especially since a significant number of pipeline posts have been driven by press releases with no product available in the past.
  • munim - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Hey if this keeps the lights on at AnandTech, so be it.
  • Gunbuster - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    This is what I do, the employees must hate me for swapping them to SSD's on their craptastic Latitude E6420's instead of buying them new laptops or surface pro's.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I'd rather have an SSD added to my 6420 than be given the same hdd crippled turd with a higher model number that work is currently handing out to people with older computers than mine.
  • fokka - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    it would be nice if the link was labeled "sponsored post" as well, so i don't have to click on it first, just to see that i'm about to read an advertisment.

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