Fusion-io, manufacturer of the ioDrive flash storage data storage cards designed for in-server installation, has released the next version of their cards, increasing storage from a maximum of 1.2 TB to 2.4 TB, dropping the price per GB more than 50% to $11, and doubling throughput speeds from 1.5 Gbps to 3.0 Gbps.
The drives use the latest generation NAND flash memory and are optimized for the Intel Sandy Bridge architecture, which is part of the reason for the overall increase in system performance. The circuitry in the card has moved from a 50 nms process to a 20 nms one, and latency has been reduced to the 15 microsecond range. The pricing for the new cards, which start at a capacity of 365GB, starts at just under $6000.
In an interesting twist, Fusion-io is stating that this new storage device actually supports writes that are faster than reads, with claims of over 700,000 read IOPS and wrote IOPS exceeding 900,000. This performance can be used to unclog traditional datacenter bottlenecks improve the overall efficiency of a datacenter operations by improving the overall performance of existing applications.
Fault tolerance is provided at the chip level using a Fusion-io self-healing technology called Adaptive FlashBack which allows applications to continue working unaffected, by the faults while the errors are repaired automatically. Both single chip and multi-chip failures can be handled by this technology.
Fusion-io is basically operating system agnostic with this technology, currently supporting Windows, Linux, HP-UX, and Solaris x86, among others. At a reasonable price point and with significant, demonstrable performance improvements for datacenter applications, this technology from Fusion-io may soon become a standard for high-performance, efficient datacenters.