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LSI Sampling 1,500MB/s PCIe SSS Cards

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LSI looks to provide fast data access for enterprise servers while keeping latency and CPU burdens low.

LSI announced on Thursday that it is currently sampling to OEMs a PCIe-based solid-state storage solution that has a bandwidth of 1,500 MB/s sustained sequential I/O and 1,200MB/s sustained random I/O, regardless of the read/write mix. Called the LSISSS6200 PCIe SSS, LSI is targeting enterprise servers that require fast data access.

In addition to low latency and a low CPU burden, the SSS delivers up to 200,000 4K sequential I/Os per second (IOPS), and up to 150,000 4K random IOPS. It also offers up to 300GB of storage can be configured in a single PCIe slot with no external power requirement. LSI also said that the SSS makes use of industry-standard drivers that support all major operating systems and enable OEMs to achieve a faster time to market.

"The new LSISSS6200 card utilizes the industry's most widely deployed software stack to deliver an enterprise-capable, drop-in storage solution," said Steve Fingerhut, senior director of marketing, Storage Components Division, LSI. "Providing customers with a new tier of storage between system memory and low-cost disk drives, without sacrificing reliability or simplicity, PCIe-based SSS solutions represent the next evolution in storage architectures for market segments requiring extreme performance."

Currently LSI has not revealed pricing or availability of this product.

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    SpadeM , March 18, 2010 8:53 PM
    gwolfmanIs it bootable??? Even though I can't afford it, I'd hope so.

    It's not and it doesn't need to be in a server envirnment
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    gwolfman , March 18, 2010 8:29 PM
    Is it bootable??? Even though I can't afford it, I'd hope so.
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    gwolfman , March 18, 2010 8:29 PM
    Is it bootable??? Even though I can't afford it, I'd hope so.
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    SpadeM , March 18, 2010 8:53 PM
    gwolfmanIs it bootable??? Even though I can't afford it, I'd hope so.

    It's not and it doesn't need to be in a server envirnment
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    mrhappy50 , March 18, 2010 9:06 PM
    wow.
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    zelog , March 18, 2010 9:09 PM
    But don't we have PCIe add-on cards for regular hard drives? Why not just fake the interface on one of these and make it bootable?
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    micky_lund , March 18, 2010 9:14 PM
    bet its cheap
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    JOSHSKORN , March 18, 2010 10:03 PM
    I wonder if it'll work with Windows XP (see article on IE9). It probably won't, considering most computers with XP are generally older and won't be able to handle such load. Really though, what's the point of having that kind of speed unless you're only accessing computers on the same network? ISPs don't offer that speed. Google's Dark Fiber won't, either...assuming they do get into the business.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 18, 2010 10:13 PM
    "PCIe-based solid-state storage solution"

    Does that mean it is an ssd on a PCI-e card?
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    mister g , March 18, 2010 10:55 PM
    Yes, though I don't know why you'd want to use it since a typical mobo has at least 4 SATA ports anyway. Use it for a graphics card instead.
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    zoemayne , March 18, 2010 11:03 PM
    Current PCIe SSS's are over $10,000 so expect this type of performance to be well over $10,000.
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    Hupiscratch , March 18, 2010 11:40 PM
    Is this product in the same class as the Fusion-io drives?
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    face-plants , March 19, 2010 1:20 AM
    Is that an 8x PCI-e connector on that card? doesn't look big enough to be x16 but it still looks like it uses one up. Also.....the board looks like it may be upgradeable/customizable with the solid state memory on 6 chips installed in what looks like slots similiar to a so-dimm. Pretty similiar to the older ram-based PCIe card/SSD drives. (Didn't Gigabyte make one?) Anyhow....the I/O speed on this thing is ridiculous....about 10x the fastest spinning disks speed.

    Anyone have any idea how much faster this is than the older PCIe cards you could load up with say...64-128Gb of DDR2 and use as a SSD?
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 4:38 PM
    man this is insane but.. the price is gonna be really very very high... cant afford that....

    hope we get such performance in the next 5 years at affordable prices...
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    Shadow703793 , March 20, 2010 10:52 PM
    Wouldn't a software based RAM drive be significantly cheaper per GB than SSD drives and not have issues with cell wear,etc?