Wednesday, March 11th 2009

Fusion-io Announces the ioDrive Duo - The World's Fastest and Most Innovative SSD

Fusion-io, the leader in solid-state architecture and high-performance I/O solutions, today announced the ioDrive Duo, which doubles the slot capacity of Fusion-io’s successful PCI Express-based ioDrive storage solution. The new ioDrive Duo is the market’s fastest and most innovative server-based solid-state storage solution.

With the ioDrive Duo, it is now possible for application, database and system administrators to get previously unheard-of levels of performance, protection and capacity utilization from a single server. Performance for multiple ioDrive Duos scales linearly, allowing any enterprise to scale performance to six gigabytes per-second (Gbytes/sec) of read bandwidth and over 500,000 read IOPS by using just four ioDrive Duos.

“Many database and system administrators are finding that SANs are too expensive and don’t meet performance, protection and capacity utilization expectations,” said David Flynn, CTO of Fusion-io. “This is why more and more application vendors are moving toward application-centric solid-state storage. The ioDrive Duo offers the enterprise the advantages of application-centric storage without application-specific programming.”

ioDrive Duo Product Details

The following specifications describe the physical and performance characteristics of the ioDrive Duo

Performance
Based on PCI Express x8 or PCI Express 2.0 x4 standards, which can sustain up to 20 gigabits per-second (Gbytes/sec) of raw throughput, the ioDrive Duo has more than enough bandwidth to obtain industry-leading performance from a single card. The ioDrive Duo can easily sustain 1.5 Gbytes/sec of read bandwidth and nearly 200,000 read IOPS. Its performance metrics are as follows:
  • Sustained read bandwidth: 1500 MB/sec (32k packet size)
  • Sustained write bandwidth: 1400 MB/sec (32k packet size)
  • Read IOPS: 186,000 (4k packet size)
  • Write IOPS: 167,000 (4k packet size)
  • Latency < 50 µsec
Reliability
The ioDrive Duo offers unmatched solid-state protection for data integrity and reliability with triple redundancy for a single storage component.

Multi-bit error detection and correction
  • Patent-pending Flashback protection, offering chip-level N+1 redundancy and on-board self-healing so that no servicing is required
  • Optional RAID-1 mirroring between two ioMemory modules on the same ioDrive Duo, offering complete redundancy on a single PCIe card
Capacity
The ioDrive Duo comes in the following capacities:
  • 160 Gbytes
  • 320 Gbytes
  • 640 Gbytes
  • 1.28 TB (second half of 2009)
The ioDrive Duo will be available in April 2009. To find out more about how this and Fusion-io’s other enterprise solid-state storage products can benefit your organization, please visit Fusion-io.
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43 Comments on Fusion-io Announces the ioDrive Duo - The World's Fastest and Most Innovative SSD

#1
Arrakis+9
Neat but i bet its mad expensive
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#2
Castiel
When I saw this on Gizmodo, I was about to $hi+ my pants because this is awesome. I just had to submit this to you btarunr.

I am getting one of these fo sho.
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#4
BOSE
by: simlariver
This is not bootable ...
says who?
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#5
PCpraiser100
Hope they get lower prices cause by the looks of its benefits, $1500+
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#6
Castiel
by: simlariver
This is not bootable ...
Why?
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#7
BOSE
by: Castiel
Why?
When?
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#8
DeathTyrant
Good Jebus alive, I sorely want something like this! 160GB version is good enough for me!
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#9
Apocolypse007
by: BOSE
says who?
I don't think drives relying on the PCIe bus can boot from the bios. They need the OS to be leaded first to work properly.

You can, however, boot from a small capacity regular SSD then run most/all other files/programs from this drive
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#10
tofu
How do you think SCSI cards and other add-in storage cards allow booting via PCI-X, PCI, or PCI-E? They work in a similar fashion to your onboard raid controller, or ide controller. They have their own bios which they load after your motherboard posts and voila we have a bootable add-in card.
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#11
btarunr
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by: Apocolypse007
I don't think drives relying on the PCIe bus can boot from the bios. They need the OS to be leaded first to work properly.
By that logic, no RAID addon-card should be bootable, which isn't true.
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#12
BOSE
Is it me or does that thing looks like a mitten?
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#13
tofu
Except the part where the thumb is supposed to go looks deceased.
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#14
BOSE
Soon we wont need SATA ports, we'll just have 10 PCI-Ex lanes for all these SSD drives. Less wires too.

Then ill have a reason to get an ASUS Workstation Mobo that has 6 PCI-Ex lanes.
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#16
thebeephaha
by: Apocolypse007
I don't think drives relying on the PCIe bus can boot from the bios. They need the OS to be leaded first to work properly.
:banghead:

You can totally boot from the PCI-E bus!

That's why PCI-E is so great, everything works on it.
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#17

shit looks cash. Just waiting for SSD prices to creep down before I even look twice at one.
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#18
Imsochobo
If an 80 gb good drive hits the same price tag as an 500 GB which is so cheap you dont even think about the money when you buy it.

Thats when people are going to buy 1 SSD, when they use it for their favorite OS, they are going to.
HOLY *** this is fast!

Demand is going to rise, normal hdd is gonna decrease, more mass production of SSD, voiiiiila!
prices down faster!



I seriously want a good SSD @ 80 gb, that we can afford, i rather buy a videocard than SSD, videocards are more important, and im swearing to my 80 gb to get a bigger jump to the SSD (samsung 80 gb sata1) maan, i cant wait!
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#19
my_name_is_earl
Don't tell me let me guess how much it cost. An arm, a leg, and a kidney combine? Hopefully by 2010 it will only cost a teeth and I don't mind a minor toothache.
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#20
BOSE
You can buy 80GB ioDrive for $3k.

edit.

320GB ioDrive is $15k but half the speed of this new 640GB drive.

So im guessing that this new one will cost about $50k.
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#21
Basard
well, per chip, they should be just as cheap as ram.... eventually....
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#22
BOSE
Just found a slower ioDrive that is 640GB. Data rates: 800 MB/sec (read), 600 MB/sec (write), and SATA hard drives support up to 90 MB/s.

$19,200.
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#23
my_name_is_earl
Figure the only people who need that much power in their computer is Hollywood and professional uhhh junky :-]
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#24
npp
It isn't bootable by now (see here), but that doesn't hurt much what it's intended for. Remarkable device, clearly the way to go. Maybe several years from now similar drives won't be uncommon on desktops, too.

EDIT: I thought about the possibilities these things offer to developers - if you ever felt that Java applets may be a bit sluggish when loading, just imagine an ueber-Java applet that needs 10 seconds to load from THIS one! After all, you can't allow everything to load instantly... It's so... unnatural :) And if we can fill several gigs of ram for a couple of seconds, we may end up needing 128GB of RAM soon - what more could a poor taiwanese vendor wish for?
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#25
D4S4
by: my_name_is_earl
Don't tell me let me guess how much it cost. An arm, a leg, and a kidney combine? Hopefully by 2010 it will only cost a teeth and I don't mind a minor toothache.
don't give your teeth for that... rather a give up your toes or something like that, perhaps an ear... i lost my two upper front teeth to a bike crash, it hurted like hell for a month... (thats the cost of extreme mountainbiking... check out my piece of hardware that i want)
:D:D:D<--without two tooth (whats the plural for tooth, teeth sounds weird to me for only two... english ain't exactly my mothertongue)
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