SanDisk sets out to tempt partners with SESTA

Interoperability alliance aims to help integration of flash disk into enterprise.

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By  Dawinderpal Sahota Published  September 26, 2007

Flash disk drive vendor SanDisk has set up the SanDisk Enterprise Solutions Technology Alliance (SESTA), in a bid to allow its partners to assess the interoperability of the vendor's products with their own technologies.

Vendors such as Check Point Software, Citrix, McAfee, RSA, EMC's security division and VeriSign have each pledged their coalition to the alliance.

"We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with each of these highly respected firms," said Tareq Husseini, sales director Middle East and Africa at SanDisk. "SESTA offers key mutual benefits for all our alliance partners, like raising the awareness of best practices in endpoint and portable data security, and we plan to further expand the alliance through affiliations with additional firms in the region and worldwide in the near future."

SanDisk - along with its SESTA partners - is hoping to provide partners with technical and marketing support in an effort to induce partners to integrate the vendors' products into their enterprise solutions. The alliance also hopes to act as a resource for IT professionals to learn how their offerings work together to provide comprehensive enterprise storage solutions.

"These industry leaders are joining with us because they recognize the importance IT managers and security executives place on the interoperability of IT solutions," said Roy Ramati, vice president and general manager of the enterprise division at SanDisk. "Beyond compatibility testing, we hope SESTA will be a launch pad for numerous strategic and technology alliances among partners to help our mutual customers cope with their ongoing security challenges."

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