And the fast, just keeps on getting faster. And cheaper. And more mainstream. And that's just the way we like it. As hard drives continue to best SSDs and NAND
-based storage solutions in price, the latter two are besting HDDs in terms of performance. No shock there, but the "price gap" keeps getting more and more narrow, making it easier for performance freaks to side with flash over mechanical drives. Fusion-io has been at the forefront of the NAND / SSD revolution, and this week they're introducing a new and improved ioDrive aimed at the masses. The ioDrive2 promises more capacity, enhanced enterprise reliability, better performance and lower cost. Sounds like a win-win, doesn't it?
It's the next step in the company's ioMemory platform, and in case the ioDrive2 isn't quite enough for you, there's the ioDrive2 Duo. Both are slated to deliver owerful low latency performance, improved endurance and the reliability required by today’s enterprise applications, databases and virtual environments. New features of the ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo include: nearly symmetrical read and write access with best in class low queue depth performance, consistent low latency access for mixed workloads with 15 microsecond write latency, 3 GB/s bandwidth, over 700,000 read IOPS and over 900,000 write IOPS, maximum capacity in the smallest footprint, with up to 2.4 TB of capacity to fuel server efficiency even in the most data-intensive environments, all new intelligent self-healing feature called Adaptive FlashBack provides complete chip level fault tolerance, which enables ioMemory to repair itself after a single chip or a multi chip failure without interrupting business continuity, system level integration with the latest Fusion-io VSL 3.0 software subsystem and more work per unit of processing with the cut-through Fusion-io architecture, which continues to deliver performance increases as CPUs become more powerful.
There's also extended support for all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, OSX, Solaris x86, ESXi 5.0 and HP-UX, as well as field programmability, allowing IT professionals maximum flexibility in customizing their ioMemory platform to meet the unique needs of their enterprise. The Fusion-io MLC ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo will be offered in 365 GB, 785 GB, 1205 GB and 2.4 TB capacities, beginning in late November 2011, followed by SLC products in 400 GB, 600 GB and 1.2 TB capacities, with the first product run already committed to key customers and partners. Pricing for Fusion’s new ioMemory platform starts at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $5,950. Hardly "cheap," but for enterprise-grade gear, it's lustworthy. And just remember: what starts at the enterprise, trickles down to home PCs...