How about a 80, 160, 320 or 640Gig NAND Flash drive on PCI Express card? Sounds interesting, right? What if we told you such a product could hit an amazing 800MB/sec sustained data rate? OK, so it's an expensive Enterprise SAN type product but great oogly-moogly! That's some blinding speed. Salt Lake's Fusion-io is poised to release such a product to market.
"The ioDrive™ is the industry's first, NAND based enterprise storage solution that provides access rates comparable to DRAM with storage capacity on par with disks — being able to improve both memory capacity and storage performance by 100x. The ioDrive™ leverages Fusion-io's proprietary ioMemory™ architecture to strip away the complexity and limitations of traditional storage infrastructure to provide a high performance, highly scalable Local Storage device or Storage Cache device.... The ioDrive™ is designed to deliver 100,000 IOPS (input/output per second) per PCIe x4 card, while achieving sustained data rates of 800MB/sec (Read) and 600MB/sec (Write) — making the ioDrive™ almost a thousand times faster than any existing disk drive."