Fusion-io Makes IO Accelerator Deal with HP

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-03

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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