Fusion-io Doubles ioDrive Octal Capacity to 10TB

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News Posted: Tue, Nov 15 2011 9:01 AM
Fusion-io reminds us why we love technology so much. How so? Well, it's awfully hard not to perk up and get excited when you learn about a 10TB storage device with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. Yes folks, that's ten freaking terabytes Fusion-io managed to cram onto its ioDrive Octal, or twice as much as was previously available on the single double-wide PCI Express device.

"The 10TB ioDrive Octal packs increased raw flash capacity in a server, enabling customers to accelerate even very large data sets with an intelligent and efficient ioMemory solution," said David Flynn, Fusion-io Chairman and CEO. "Previously, a 4U server could contain 10 ioDrive Duos for 20 TB of total capacity, but now up to four 10 TB ioDrive Octals can be integrated into a 4U server, such as the HP ProLiant DL585 G7, delivering 40 TB of total capacity. We believe that with the 10 TB ioDrive Octal, even highly data-intensive organizations can house increased amounts of data directly within the server to simultaneously accelerate their business and the efficiency of their data center."

The drive's powered by Fusion's VSL software platform, which allows the ioDrive Octal to accelerate even very large data sets within the server for extremely low latency performance, Fusion-io claims. It's built for read-heavy workloads and is ideal for data warehousing, scale-out architectures, research, and yes, even supercomputing chores.

On the performance side, the ioDrive Octal boasts more than 1.3 million IOPS with 6.7GB/s of bandwidth. It can process multiple terabytes of data in a fraction of the time it would normally take, and offers more work per unit of processing thanks to Fusion's cut-through architecture, which delivers performance increases as CPUs become more powerful, Fusion-io says.

The 10TB ioDrive Octal will be available in the first quarter of 2012. Pricing? If you're sitting on a supercomputer or can otherwise take advantage of this drive, you can get in touch with a sales rep at http://www.fusionio.com/contact/sales/.
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6 digit price tag I'm guessing?

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Nov 15 2011 1:16 PM

So... How reliable is it going to be and how much is it going to cost?

It can't do well unless it's super reliable (SSD's still have the whole reliability problem with MLC chips. Add SLC chips and the price will skyrocket to unaffordability.)


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RBloch replied on Tue, Nov 15 2011 2:33 PM

I bet this will top $20,000

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This type of setup scares me a bit with reliability. I am with Taylor on this one. Housing tons of data is one thing but if it is not reliable and if there are not ways to build extra protection in placed than it will not be good for business.

Does anyone know of anything that is capable of running RAID arrays off of these types of PCIE cards.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Nov 15 2011 4:59 PM

SO if your afraid of the reliability throw a massive cheap and super reliable Raid array behind it 1, 5, or 10 depending on exactly what you want. If you have the money to grab one of these I am sure 2-300 extra dollars are not going to be an issue. The speed on these is the shiznit though as well as the reason for there existence not the reliability. That is also not saying these are not reliable. If you have been watching whats been going on with SSD's as they have become more and more common as well as growing in numbers of providers and drives provided by each company they have also become way more reliable. Seeing as this is going on the third major transmission edition of the standard I don't think there is any reason to be afraid either really.

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