Fusion-io Makes IO Accelerator Deal with HP

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

The IO Accelerator is a NAND flash-based data storage adapter based on Fusion-io's ioMemory technology. Fusion-io's ioDrive is the first direct-attached, solid-state server storage array to use PCI Express connectivity.

HANNOVER, Germany-Fusion-io, which makes enterprise solid-state storage arrays and recently signed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist, announced an OEM deal here March 3 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.

Fusion-io's bread-and-butter product, the ioDrive, is the first direct-attached, solid-state server storage array that uses PCIe (PCI Express) connectivity. The ioDrive is small-barely larger than a typical handheld device-and uses advanced NAND flash chip clustering to perform the same functions as a spinning desk storage array, only with faster read/write performance and with much less power draw.

Designed specifically for HP's BladeSystem servers, a single IO Accelerator card can combine control over more than 100,000 IOPS and 800MB per second read- and 600MB per second write-throughput, with access latencies of less than 50??üs, and requiring as few as 6 watts of power from the wall. 

Fusion-io claims the IO Accelerator is a breakthrough as a separate storage tier.

HP BladeSystem users can deploy the IO Accelerator wherever there is a need to accelerate performance of I/O-intensive applications and workloads, including scaling virtual machine deployments, driving faster financial transactions, improving three-dimensional rendering time, and accelerating database and data mining performance.

Most HP BladeSystem c-Class x86 blade servers can accommodate two or three IO Accelerator mezzanine cards, with each card providing up to 320GB of storage.

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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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