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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 a PCIe x4 slot. Thus far, Fusion-io's products have stuck to PCI-Express 1.1, leaving each drive with... 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 be one of the paths solid state storage of the future might take on its disruptive journey through... 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 obviously, in reality, this level of innovation is on a different scale all together.  However,... 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 solid-state solution with the endurance and performance of SLC at a much lower cost per gigabyte.... 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 answer to OCZ Technology's Z Drive, and it promises to nix application latency and significantly... 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 Enterprise Associates (NEA), Dell Ventures and Sumitomo Ventures. Scott Sandell, general partner... Read more...
Fusion-io, the company famous for producing the world's fastest and most expensive SSD solution, is back again with another blazing fast innovation. This time, we're drooling over the ioDrive Duo, which is hailed as the fastest and most innovative SSD this planet has ever seen. Per usual, the server-based PCI Express SSD offering is aimed at enterprises who can and will pay more for vast quantities of lightning fast storage space. How fast, you ask? Oh, just 1.5 gigabytes per second of sustained throughput. Yeah, wow. The ioDrive Duo essentially doubles the slot capacity of the company's PCI Express-based ioDrive, providing solutions in 160GB, 320GB, 640GB and 1.28TB sizes. The whole bunch can... Read more...
Steve Wozniak, the Segway-riding co-founder of Apple, has found himself deeply entangled in yet another company other than the Cupertino powerhouse that he helped build. Just 1.5 years after Woz decided to back a startup dubbed Hotswap, the technophile has decided to accept a new role at storage specialist Fusion-io. Said firm, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is expected to announce this week that Steve will become Fusion-io's chief scientist. Granted, Mr. Wozniak is already a member of the company's advisory board, but with his new label, you can bet he'll be responsible for doing a bit more than simply turning his thumb up or down to any given idea. Steve's thoughts on the new role?... Read more...
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... Read more...
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