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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  • v1001 - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I actually found this interesting. Thought there would be more to it, but ad or not, it's something you usually wouldn't know if a company didn't do this study and release the information.
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I agree: while I expected something more useful, AT style, knowing about this initiative can't be bad. In case you need some numbers to convince the boss to pay more for SSDs.
  • jdon - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    These complaints would be addressed entirely by placing "(Sponsored)" at the end of the title. The longer this sits in the Pipeline without an external indicator of it's status, the less respect I can have for any post in that category.

    Sorry to hammer a bell that is already ringing, but I feel in this case it is warranted.
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    You are correct. That is an oversight on our part and has been corrected.
  • alacard - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Anandtech, you're shooting yourself in the foot with this new strategy of obfuscating sponsored content and then acting shocked that anyone wouldn't be able to tell the difference when your audience calls you out on it.

    For one, both this article and your obtuse response to the concerns of your readers are dishonest in the extreme, and secondly, by going down this route you're willfully cheapening your brand and lowering the bar for what people will come to expect from the once venerable "AnandTech".

    Hidden native advertising is the first step on the road to becoming a tabloid rag. You're only hurting yourself with this.
  • valinor89 - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    "For full details and customer experiences of SanDisk’s STAR program, please refer to the ."
    Don't leave me hanging!
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Turn off your ad blocker (it blocks links as well).
  • Cellar Door - Friday, April 3, 2015 - link

    Ryan, please don't let this go the way Tom's did. I don't even know how they can't afford a spellchecker over there or what I'm looking at.
  • biofishfreak - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    I just noticed this article in my RSS feed now has the "Sponsored Article" in the title- much appreciated, Anandtech! I have no issues with these kinds of posts (since I know you guys need to eat), so long as they are labeled as such in the title.
  • hammer256 - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - link

    Yeah, that's all we needed. Hopefully people can quiet down now...

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