Fusion-io partners with Quanta, eyes Open Compute bandwagon

Summary:Fusion-io said its ioScale flash storage products will be integrated into Quanta's Rackgo X servers, which are free of vanity plates.

Fusion-io, a company focused on flash storage in the data center, said its products will be integrated into Quanta Rackgo X systems, which are stripped down servers.

The news comes out of the Open Compute Project (OCP) conference in San Jose. For Fusion-io, the Quanta deal means more distribution. The move also shows how white-box manufacturers, contractors that make servers and PCs for other companies, have become players in the data center.

In other words, movements like OCP mean so-called "vanity free" servers are gaining ground.

Quanta Rackgo X systems are designed for cloud service providers and enterprises that run their own large data centers. The Rackgo X has a 21-inch rack width, two inches wider than usual, for more density and airflow. Fusion will integrate its ioScale flash line. Quanta has qualified Fusion ioScale for integration at shipping.

quanta rackgo x


Separately, Fusion-io also announced a partnership with Hyve Solutions, a unit of Synnex, to integrate ioScale with hyperscale servers for data centers. Hyve is aiming to submit its integrated servers for Open Compute Project certifications.

Last week, Fusion-io reported a second quarter net loss of $6.4 million, or 6 cents a share, on revenue of $94.5 million, down from $120.6 million a year ago. Fusion-io projected third quarter revenue in line to slightly ahead of the second quarter tally.

Analysts said Fusion-io's plan to partner with original equipment manufacturers such as Lenovo can pay off but a turnaround will take time.


Topics: Storage, Data Centers, Hardware, Open Source, Servers


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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