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Startup debuts enterprise solid-state storage

Posted: 07 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flash memory? solid-state drive? storage device?

Startup Fusion-io has introduced its ioDrive, a flash memory-based storage device.

The new product is the first for Fusion-io, which specializes in solid-state technology. IoDrive runs off of a PCIe slot.

Fusion-io claims its proprietary technology makes it possible for the new storage device to operate as either local storage or storage cache. The device can be installed at multiple points in existing data centers or workstations without any changes to applications, infrastructure or management software, the company said.

"The ioDrive is a radical departure from traditional storage solutions and will change the way businesses think about their storage architecture," Don Basile, chairman and CEO of Fusion-io said. "Specifically designed for the enterprise, the ioDrive offers a best-of-breed solution for drop-in storage."

The company claims ioDrive provides access rates comparable to DRAM, with storage capacity on par with disks. The company also says the product has "the potential to reduce the need for enterprises to buy expensive, high performance fibre channel disks, fibre channel switches, RAID controllers, HBAs, exotic disks, caching appliances, excessive cabling or custom software."

The ioDrive is priced at about $2,400 for 80Gbyte, $4,800 for 160Gbyte and $8,900 for 320Gbyte.

Solid-state drives, which have no moving parts, are being pitched as faster, more reliable devices than traditional drives. Storage vendor EMC, for example, has added flash-based, SSD to its high-end Symmetrix arrays. The drives are being positioned for use in processing-intensive applications, such as database backup and replication, for data that's frequently accessed.

SSDs, however, carry a steep premium. While a conventional 1Tbyte hard drive costs about $550, an SSD of similar capacity can run more than $10,000.

- Antone Gonsalves
InformationWeek





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