Fusion-io Doubles Capacity of Its SSD Storage Array

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-12 Print this article Print

The server-based ioDrive Duo now can store up to 640GB of data and move it at up to 1.5GB per second of sustained throughput, the company says.

Fusion-io, which makes handheld-size solid-state storage arrays for enterprise systems, launched March 12 a new product called ioDrive Duo, which doubles the capacity of Fusion-io's PCI Express-based ioDrive storage array.

The company is billing the ioDrive Duo as the "fastest server-based solid-state storage" package available.

Performance for multiple ioDrive Duos scales linearly, the company said, allowing an enterprise IT system to scale performance to 6GB per second of read bandwidth and more than 500,000-read IOPS by using four ioDrive Duos, Fusion-io CTO David Flynn said.

Based on PCI Express x8 or PCI Express 2.0 x4 standards, which can sustain up to 20GB per second of raw throughput, the ioDrive Duo can sustain 1.5GB per second of read bandwidth and nearly 200,000 read IOPS.

Performance metrics, according to Fusion-io, are:

  • Sustained read bandwidth: 1,500MB/sec (32K packet size)
  • Sustained write bandwidth: 1,400MB/sec (32K packet size)
  • Read IOPS: 186,000 (4K packet size)
  • Write IOPS: 167,000 (4K packet size)
  • Latency < 50 ??üsec

The ioDrive Duo comes in the following capacities: 160GB, 320GB, 640GB and 1.28TB.  Delivery of the latter will be in the second half of 2009.

Fusion-io has been making news lately. Nine days ago it announced an OEM deal with Hewlett-Packard to provide the huge systems company with its new StorageWorks IO Accelerator. The IO Accelerator is a NAND flash-based storage adapter based on Fusion-io's ioMemory technology.

Last month, the Salt Lake City-based company signed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist.

The ioDrive Duo will be available in April 2009. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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