Pliant Technology

Pliant Technology
Enterprise Flash Drives
Milpitas, California, United States United States
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Company description
Pliant Technology is developing a new class of solid state drive (SSD) storage devices for the enterprise computing market. Pliant’s Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs) are based on a new and advanced controller design and software architecture to deliver exponentially higher levels of performance and reliability than hard disk drives and current generation enterprise SSDs, while meeting growing “Green IT” energy efficiency requirements in enterprise environments.  Pliant was established by a team of executives and engineers from Fujitsu, Maxtor and Seagate with an unparalleled track record of success in the data storage industry.
Business model

Competitive advantage

Pliant's Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) solution, a new class of high-performance solid state storage devices for the enterprise, provides breakthrough improvements over today's highest performing hard drive and SSD storage solutions for a range of data I/O intensive enterprise applications -- e.g., database acceleration, Web Services, finance operations, and video-on-demand.


Pliant's EFDs deliver more performance and significantly lower energy consumption than multiple traditional high-performance hard drives for enterprise computing environments, and are designed to take advantage of the ultra-high data transfer capabilities of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface technology. Strategically deploying EFDs within enterprise IT data center environments enables IT managers to meet I/O performance requirements with greater flexibility, while eliminating the energy and cost burden resulting from the common practice of "over-provisioning" disk drives (using 3 to 4 times more drives than needed from a capacity perspective to meet growing I/O performance requirements). The EFD approach can slash data center energy consumption significantly, by up to 80 percent in many cases, and provides significantly better reliability than current SSD solutions. Pliant's EFDs are designed to fit seamlessly into the existing storage infrastructure, without requiring any modification to existing enterprise software or applications.