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Fusion-io Still Sees a Future For Hard Disk Drives

At a company event held in Sydney, CEO David Flynn and chief scientist Steve Wozniak explained that the cost advantage of HDDs will remain, which will position them as low cost data backup devices.

"You can still use disk drives for low speed archival storage, not the stuff the enterprise data centers need," Wozniak said.

Not surprisingly, Wozniak believes that every future server will rely on NAND flash-based storage, but the sheer amount of data that is being generated will need the support of hard drives, which is certainly good news for HDD makers, even if Seagate or WD are not really concerned about the future of their HDD business.

According to an article published by ZDNet, Fusion-io pronounced its strategy to treat flash memory storage much more like memory and exploit its higher density to gain an advantage over the much less dense DRAM. While flash cannot match the performance of DRAM, it can serve as an extension. Fusion-io announced back in July a new technology that was developed in cooperation with researchers at Princeton university, which uses flash as a DRAM repository for rarely accessed pages and an indirect increase of the DRAM capacity in a system.

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  • drwho1
    Fusion-io Still Sees a Future For Hard Disk Drives....

    Duh!
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  • freggo
    Stating the obvious... must be a slow news day :-)
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  • mavroxur
    As long as hard drives are more affordable than SSDs for bulk storage, of course they'll still have a future.


    In other news, water is wet.


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  • victorious 3930k
    drwho1Fusion-io Still Sees a Future For Hard Disk Drives....Duh!Fusion-io is an SSD company...

    In other news, I wasn't aware Woz worked there. o.O
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  • ricdiculus
    Personally I store all of my data on Water. Its the latest thing...
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  • razor512
    SSD's may never catch up to hard drives in storage because storage is constantly being improved for spindle based drives.

    By the time we get 2-3TB standard SSD's, we will see probably 12+ TB HDD's
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  • alidan
    Razor512SSD's may never catch up to hard drives in storage because storage is constantly being improved for spindle based drives.By the time we get 2-3TB standard SSD's, we will see probably 12+ TB HDD's
    for both ssd and hdd, there is a limit to how much you can store... the difference is that some day ssd will be able to be 3d, while hdds will still only be able to be surface only. if the process is cheap enough to go 3d, you could see ssds far out doing hdds in terms of storage.
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  • luciferano
    alidanfor both ssd and hdd, there is a limit to how much you can store... the difference is that some day ssd will be able to be 3d, while hdds will still only be able to be surface only. if the process is cheap enough to go 3d, you could see ssds far out doing hdds in terms of storage.
    Maybe, but we already have the tech to make like 30TB drives if we count up several advances that have yet to be commercially implemented yet, so SSDs have a long way to go in catching up in capacity per price. I'm not aware of any SSDs that breach 1GB per 50 cents except maybe with occasional promotions, but hard drives can have a small fraction of that cost per GB.
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  • alidan
    luciferanoMaybe, but we already have the tech to make like 30TB drives if we count up several advances that have yet to be commercially implemented yet, so SSDs have a long way to go in catching up in capacity per price. I'm not aware of any SSDs that breach 1GB per 50 cents except maybe with occasional promotions, but hard drives can have a small fraction of that cost per GB.
    im thinking of it this way, there is only so far you can scale a hdd down, well... with a hdd, its just on or off right now right? its not different levels of on and off?

    i completely forgot about that possibility... that in the future we are able to accurately set it to levels beyond 1 or 0 and have it accurately tell the difference, hell just bringing 8 levels to it would add about 3 times the space... ok... i didnt think that through all the way... but im not sure if i would trust a hdd with more than on or off over a ssd...
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  • luciferano
    alidanim thinking of it this way, there is only so far you can scale a hdd down, well... with a hdd, its just on or off right now right? its not different levels of on and off? i completely forgot about that possibility... that in the future we are able to accurately set it to levels beyond 1 or 0 and have it accurately tell the difference, hell just bringing 8 levels to it would add about 3 times the space... ok... i didnt think that through all the way... but im not sure if i would trust a hdd with more than on or off over a ssd...
    Laser-guided magnetic R/W heads have been proven to be much more accurate than non-guided R/W heads and might be able to be used for what you talk about here.

    However, I was actually talking about stuff such as these:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/table-salt-sodium-chloride-18tb-hdd-10-nm,news-36755.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Helium-Filled-Hard_Disk-hdd-western-digital,17573.html
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