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Fusion-io Builds 3x Faster SSD Than Z Drive

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Fusion-io Builds 3x Faster SSD Than Z Drive

Does any industry evolve faster than technology...?!

Within days of OCZ blowing our minds with the Z Drive enterprise storage specialist Fusion-io has blown it away.

Yes, to be fair we aren't comparing like with like but the 'ioDrive Duo' is a simply staggering piece of high end kit. Whereas the Z Drive manages a screaming 600MBps read and 500MBps read with some benchmarks nudging 800MBps, this beast achieves simply staggering sustained read and write speeds of 1,500MBps and 1,400MBps.

What is (even) more is the SSD scales linearly meaning just four ioDrive Duos will provide performance of six gigabytes per-second (Gbytes/sec) of read bandwidth and over 500,000 read IOPS!

"Many database and system administrators are finding that SANs are too expensive and don't meet performance, protection and capacity utilization expectations," said David Flynn, CTO of Fusion-io. "This is why more and more application vendors are moving toward application-centric solid-state storage. The ioDrive Duo offers the enterprise the advantages of application-centric storage without application-specific programming."

160GB, 320GB and 640GB editions of the ioDrive Duo will be released in April with a sumptuous 1.28TB edition launching in the second half of the year. Pricing wasn't revealed but let's just safely assume we can't afford it.

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Press Release

jopey

March 13, 2009, 9:42 pm

I know this is enterprise and silly expensive.. but can you install windows/OSX to a drive on a pci express slot? Please let it be so.

ilovethemonkeyhead

March 13, 2009, 10:16 pm

instant on vista?

Gordon394

March 13, 2009, 10:33 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead - I'm not sure anything's that good ;)

Helmore

March 13, 2009, 10:38 pm

You should be able to install your OS on a drive that runs on a PCIe slot, which is what you do with most recent RAID cards. Unfortunately, this drive does not allow you to boot any OS (yet) AFAIK.

basicasic

March 13, 2009, 11:16 pm

One day when we've all got these in our cheap-as-chips netbooks we'll look back and laugh at how we drooled when they first came out.





I remember salivating over a 486-DX2/66 .... sigh ....

bobsta

March 14, 2009, 12:55 am

I hope that in a couple of years time, these SSDs will cost next to nothing - I wish!

xenos

March 14, 2009, 1:22 am

"You should be able to install your OS on a drive that runs on a PCIe slot, which is what you do with most recent RAID cards. Unfortunately, this drive does not allow you to boot any OS (yet) AFAIK."





Ofcourse you can boot!

Lord Comben III

March 14, 2009, 4:17 am

A 486-DX2/66 i remember them. Playing Titus the Fox in superVGA, sooo much better than the pink and black of a 386 :)

Rob

March 14, 2009, 3:18 pm

@xenos sorry, but at the moment it is not possible to boot from these drives, even though it is possible to boot from pci-e

Beaky69

March 14, 2009, 5:21 pm

@basicbasic - My first PC had an 80188 processor clocked at 4.77Mhz...now that really shows my age!

jocal

March 28, 2009, 10:24 am

Fusion io start to be bootable "like ata device for nearly any OS on allmost every MBD in several months" according Fusion io support service.

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