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When we sit back and look at the evolving storage market and SSD technologies, there are a couple of competitive camps that are trying to gain traction, in what is without question one of the largest growth areas in storage. The major players in solid state storage solutions have emerged from old-line, incumbents in hard disk media and then also a new breed, specializing exclusively in SSD technology. Major memory manufacturers like Intel, Micron and Samsung, along with specialty shops like OCZ and Corsair, are making a push with their expertise in memory, whereas players like Western... Read more...
Fusion-io has been blazing its own trail ever since the company was founded in 2006, tweaking technology to fit the kind of high speed products the company likes to release. Having seemingly hit a ceiling in PCI Express-based SSDs, Fusion-io has now gone and developed a new ioMemory module that will set the foundation for Fusion-io's next crop of products. The new ioMemory boasts support for the latest generation of MLC NAND Flash and 3X-nanometer (nm), which ultimately will allow Fusion-io to double up the capacity of its product lineup and squeeze up to 1.28TB of capacity onto a single PCI Express... Read more...
It's difficult to say if or when Fusion-io's newest development will directly affect the average consumer, but as with many things in the technology field, what starts at the highest levels of enterprise eventually filters down to the consumer once kinks have been worked out, prices have adjusted downward and more partner companies have had time to adopt the new process. We are guessing that's exactly the path that ioMemory will take, which is a new flash-optimized OS subsystem. ioMemory VSL (Virtual Storage Layer) is definitely an enterprise application for now. It has little direct connection... Read more...
Fusion-io is probably one of the most important storage companies that you've never heard of. It won't be placed on Best Buy shelves beside Seagate, Western Digital or Hitachi, but in five years, it may be all the rage. Already, the start-up company (which has ties to Apple's Steve Wozniak) has delivered some of the fastest solid state storage on the planet, and it looks like the company is well on their way to doing that for some time to come.Innovation takes dollars, and thankfully for Fusion-io, their bank account just got stuffed with them. The company has just announced that they have raised... Read more...
If it's dealing with flash storage, NAND or any combination of the two, there's a chance Fusion-io is involved somewhere. The company responsible for serving up one of the fastest consumer SSDs we've ever seen is also making waves in the enterprise, as today is has announced the company’s core ioMemory technology will serve as the basis for a solid-state storage solution offered exclusively in IBM's family of System x servers. The news is pretty large for just a start-up company; it takes a lot of dough and a lot of support to really break through into a market dominated by huge players like Seagate... Read more...
The first time we looked at Fusion-io's ioDrive product, we offered the notion that it was a "disruptive technology", something that had the potential to set the industry on its ear.  Of course the ioDrive is an enterprise-class product that showed the significant potential of PCI Express direct-attached SSD storage but its cost structure was such that the mainstream market couldn't possibly even begin to justify it, no matter what the upside performance looked like.  And then of course we heard of Fusion-io's more consumer-targeted play, the ioXtreme, which debuted at E3 this past summer.... Read more...
  It's rare we get genuinely excited around here about a product.  To be honest, likely we're spoiled by all the bleeding-edge technology we have the great opportunity to look at week in and week out.  Or perhaps it's just that we're jaded a bit and have heard one too many marketing pitches, but truth be told it takes a lot to get us fired up about a new product or technology.  Sure we can appreciate and will occasionally hand out high praise for a major evolutionary advancement but we honestly can't remember the last time a product really officially "changed the game" for us,... Read more...
If you've been watching our previous coverage of Fusion-io's almost too good be true PCI Express SSD products, you'll know that while the company makes no bones about the fact that their enterprise class cards are ridiculously expensive, they are also planning on delivering an "enthusiast" class card that will align better price-wise with the average end user just looking for killer storage performance.  It appears the planning process is over today and though it was delayed a month or two, Fusion-io is now executing on that plan.  Fusion-io's ioXtreme and ioXtreme Pro cards just showed... Read more...
Fusion-io announced TPC-H benchmark results today in a bid to raise its own visibility and promote solid-state storage as an alternative solution in the enterprise market. The company's PCI-Express-based products turned in a score of 28,772 Queries per Hour on a 100GB database, for a price/performance metric of $1.47 per database transaction. That's sufficient to rank third on TPC's price/performance list of vendors, and the company is quick to point out that it hit its performance target with just four "drives." As we discussed in our review from a few weeks ago, each Fusion ioDrive plugs into... Read more...
We've certainly heard of Fusion-io's bleeding edge PCI Express-based SSD solution but to date haven't yet gotten the chance to check it out on the test bench here at HotHardware.  In addition, though we've put Intel's wonderfully fast X25-M SSD through its paces in stand-alone testing, imagine what it would be like with up to four drives in RAID 0.  You see where we're going here, a battle royal of what is arguably some of the fastest SSD storage technology money can buy right now.  So the stage is set but before we get into ripping up benchmarks, let's expand on what we think might... Read more...
Disruptive technology; it's a term thrown around these days by industry marketing types and quite frankly it's just plain getting worn out as of late.  In the mid 90s, a Harvard Business School Professor coined this phrase to describe a product innovation that breaks current convention and exceeds market expectations so vastly that market leaders might not see it coming and perhaps even the market itself doesn't know how to react.  Since the term was brought forth, there were many innovations over the years that overzealous marketing types have hailed as "disruptive technologies," though... Read more...
Fusion-io has been breaking down walls and pushing envelopes in the solid state drive arena for as long as we can remember, and just a month after issuing the ioXtreme PCIe SSD, the company is now developing an all new class of enterprise MLC.Specifically, the oufit has developed a new engineering technique for managing multi-level cell (MLC) flash technology, which combines the enterprise reliability of single-level cell (SLC) technology with the economical consumer-grade MLC flash. Fusion-io products utilizing this technology, called single mode level cell (SMLC), offer a cost-effective MLC-based... Read more...
Fusion-io is a company name that has become synonymous with high-priced but ridiculously fast Solid State Storage solutions. Unfortunately for those without loads of disposable income, the outfit's newest creation still isn't budget-friendly, but it's certainly cheaper than Fusion-io's other enterprise-based wares. Announced at E3 last week alongside the world's most well-know professional gamer -- Mr. Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel -- the ioXtreme is described as a solid state storage device for high-performance PCs and workstations using 64 bit operating systems. In essence, this is Fusion-io's... Read more...
Fusion-io, the company responsible for bringing some of the fastest SSD solutions on the planet to mission-critical applications and affluent consumers, has just landed a new round of funding in order to further dominate the market. Just after launching its ioDrive Duo and naming Steve Wozniak as the firm's Chief Scientist, it has just closed a Series B round of funding worth a rather healthy (especially in this market) $47.5 million. The cash came from a group of investors led by global venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners and joined by Series A investors including New... Read more...
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