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Fusion IO's 100K IOPs SSD Goes to HP

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Fusion-io has joined forces with Hewlett-Packard to create the HP StorageWorks IO Accelerator, using Fusion-io's ioMemory technology for BladeSystem c-Class servers.

Slated as the world's first extreme-performance solid-state storage adapter, the NAND flash-based IO Accelerator is specifically designed to compliment HP's BladeSystem c3000 and c7000 servers, or other blade server environments. According to Fusion-io, a single Type-1 mezzanine card offers more than 100,000 IOPs, 800MB/sec. read speeds, 600MB/sec. writes sustained throughput, with access latencies of less than 50µs. The card also requires a mere 6 watts of juice. According to the agreement, Fusion-io will serve as an OEM for HP, supplying the SSDs for HP's server division. 

“The HP BladeSystem is leading the industry as the platform of choice for an expanding range of IT workloads,” said David Bradford, CEO of Fusion-io. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with HP and adapt our unique, next-generation technology for HP’s blade servers. With Fusion’s ioMemory technology, customers can benefit from accelerated application performance while significantly improving their data center operational efficiencies.”

The cards will serve as an additional boost for HP BladeSystems when needed, whether it's to improve 3D rendering time or accelerate database performance. Most HP BladeSystem c-Class x86 blade servers can hold two or three IO Accelerator mezzanine cards at one time, with each card providing up to 320 GB of storage. The drives are expected to have a life span of around 15 years with a 5 TB write-and-erase rate per day. The IO Accelerator also supports RHEL 4 and 5, SLES 9 and 10, and Windows operating systems x86, x86-64 2003 and x86-64 2008.

"This device is targeted for markets and applications requiring high transaction rates and real-time data access that will benefit from application performance enhancement," said HP. "It offers the equivalent storage performance of multiple disks. The HP IO Accelerator brings high I/O performance and low latency access to storage, with the reliability of solid state."

The HP StorageWorks IO Accelerator 80GB is now available for $4,400. The 160GB ($7,700) and 320GB ($13,200) versions have an estimated ship date of March 13.

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    grieve , March 6, 2009 3:39 PM
    wow!
    100,000 IOPs, 800MB/sec. read speeds, 600MB/sec. writes sustained throughput, with access latencies of less than 50µs
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    Greg_77 , March 6, 2009 3:41 PM
    One of those drives cost as much as a car. Good thing they are only for servers right now....
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    jacobdrj , March 6, 2009 4:22 PM
    FusionIO = Isolinear Chip? All it needs is a more extensive processor built in (like ATOM) and a generic physical/software interface, and 24th Century, here we come...
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    scarpa , March 6, 2009 5:53 PM
    Quote:"The drives are expected to have a life span of around 15 years with a 5 TB write-and-erase rate per day"

    No f**king way, they finally did it, they managed to overcome the life span problem of SSD, this is great.

    No wonder these SSD are so expensive.

    If four 256GB SSD from OCZ in raid, manage to triple their speed to 600mb/s from 200mb/s, just imagine what four of these in raid can do!!!!
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    scarpa , March 6, 2009 5:54 PM
    besides from emptying your pockets that is! :) ))
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    fonzy , March 6, 2009 6:32 PM
    I want one for my PC when will these things be affordable...2011-2012?
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    pug_s , March 6, 2009 6:52 PM
    I saw that company the other day at a convention. They said that the SSD's are NOT bootable.
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    jacobdrj , March 6, 2009 7:14 PM
    Not yet, but I think they are working on that... What could the holdup be? Political pressure? Lack of programming talent? Woz? (that last one was /s) Or perhaps it is a theological thing, where these are not intended as drives, and therefore are not made to be as one? Seems silly... But a possibility none the less...
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    falchard , March 6, 2009 8:44 PM
    Woot now that HP has their hands on it, it will be priced at $500 in a year.
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2009 2:42 AM
    @falchard
    WRONG, now that HP has their hands on it, they'll thoroughly f^ck it up, while delivering pay cuts to half their workers and layoffs to the other half. HP is a has-been company, they do nothing but cause damage to the industry.
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    blackened144 , March 7, 2009 11:46 AM
    pug_sI saw that company the other day at a convention. They said that the SSD's are NOT bootable.

    No they arent.. But depending on how your servers are set up it doesnt matter. Our servers PXE boot and copy down an extremely lightweight flavor of Linux directly into memory. Our test server(Quad Xeon with 8gb of mem.) with the 80gb FusionIO drive screams. Our newest production servers are running 2x1TB drives though. That would be almost 85k in FusionIO drives, per server, in a 400 node cluster.
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    sublifer , March 9, 2009 3:17 PM
    the IO drive is a drive, not a storeage "adapter". Is this new HP device an adapter or a drive?

    What interfaces does it use? Will they be bootable? and all the other questions that should be asked in a product announcement like this...
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2009 9:16 PM

    Geez, who cares are they bootable or not? It is designed to hold the DATA, not the executables.

    It is great that this thing is not using SATA nor SAS nor FT whatever, and keeps its SSD business all internal. This allows them to optimize SSD rewriting without letting Windows/Linux to screw around with OLD ASSUMPTIONS(OPTIMIZATIONS) about file allocations etc.

    I guess we will see more PCIE SSD cards faster then we will see optimized Windows for SSD. And I trust firmware more than I trust Windows when it comes to enterprise storage



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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 2:08 PM
    sublifer, the Fusion-io cards are PCI-E