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Fusion-io Demonstrates $19,000 640GB SSD PCI-e Device

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  1. malware New Member

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    Fusion-io has presented a massively fast and big solid-state flash hard drive (SSD) on a PCI-Express x4 card at the Demofall 07 conference in San Diego. Fusion is promising sustained data rates of 800Mb/sec for reading and 600Mb/sec for writing. The company plans to start releasing the cards at 80GB and will scale to 320 and 640GB. Supported operating systems include Linux Red Hat AS4.0, Windows Vista and Windows XP. All this performance comes with a certain price, the 640GB ioDrive will cost $19,000 USD when releasein in Q1 2008.

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  2. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    So basically just a big raid array made of flash memory and a controller on board.
     
  3. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

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    that seems to be 10x64gb ram chips with another 1 for??,maybe a smaller one cache or summat.

    bloody gorgeous,i wish i had $19k to blow.
     
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    Only $19,000 for a 640GB SSD. Wow what a deal ! :wtf:

    For that kind of money you could buy 180 500GB 7200 rpm hard drivers for a grand total of about 90TB

    I think I'll wait until they are about $100.
     
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    if i had 19k to blow i wouldnt blow it on that ...
     
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    anyone notice this chick has hairy fingers (look at her thumb)


    yeah i point out the obvious :D


    thats way too much money for a "drive"...
     
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    would you blow it on blow and high class escorts?

    would that really stop you?! lol

    Honestly thats too much money on anything short of a super computer processor.
     
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    methinks they just photoshoppied a hand holding the card over a background pic of a hot lass :laugh:
     
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    if i had a million i still wouldn't blow 19k on this, ridicules price.......:shadedshu but probably just there for more attention
     
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    Great price :roll:
     
  11. Steevo

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    Depends on your application.



    Take the price of a server system that has the same amount of storage, in SAS drives, RAID controllers, and given failure rate, you have a device that provides higher performance, with no moving parts, and is much smaller and uses less energy?



    Go price a set of 3 SAS drives, a RAID controller, and take into account that three drives will hold only as much as two drives when in RAID 5. So multiply that by however many setups it takes to reach 640GB, plus how many server rack systems to hold the drives. Plus energy to run the drives, boards, cards, and cooling.
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822116156

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16816151008


    So 8 drives in RAID 5 511GB of storage. $6519.00


    If you have 200 employees waiting 10 seconds each per request, at 6 requests per day, that is a minute of lost productivity, per employee per day, and at a mean const of .24 per minute and a assumed work year of 330 days per employee you have a loss of $17,280.00 for the year due to the wait.



    So considering all the above, it is well worth it. If you need it.
     
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    I'll take 3.
     
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    The part about a large flash drive is nice..... but that bandwidth is insane.


    You'd have to spend a hell of a lot on an array to get 800 MB/s read 600 MB/s write and i'll bet the seek times on this are less than 10% of what it would be on a huge disk array like that.
     
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    get me a 64 gig model for pci-express 1 slot then i'll think about it.
     
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    Yep, I wish my dad was still working in the high up tech market......I would soooo have one of these.

    You should of seen the stuff I had as a kid to play with.
     
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    Oh yeah! Definitely a great pairing for the 4P/QC server in my dreams. Server and desktop virtual machines as far as the eye can see. 500 internal users and another 1000 hitting our website? I laugh in a maniacal fashion!! Lighting and fire raining down from the sky, I will control absolutely!

    But back in reality, the place I work at has about 20 employees and 10 external. We have two 2P/SC servers. Yeah.
     
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    I like your thinking. :D
     
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    yeah the price is insane but it'll come down and the capacity will go up (and maybe the speed) so things looks good 5 years down the line!
     
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    It's 800Mb/s, not MB/s..... (800*10^6/8/1024/1024= ~95MB/s read, ~71.5MB/s write)
     
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    a commodore 64!!!


    is really neat-o! what kind a chip you got in there? a dorito?!
     
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    I think that there still will be a need of RAID1 in servers. This flash memory is not stone reliable. Look what is happening with SD cards. I have lost pictures and files on such cards due to memory error.
     
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    For 19000 bucks, you can buy 6 of the fastest WD Raptors and strip them up on a RAID 0 array, so that's 6 x 300 = 1200 MB/s theoritically. All this for less than 20% of 19000.:laugh:
     
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    I wonder what the pricing of the 80GB and 320 GB versions will be.


    If their wise they will releqse the 32GB version for less than $300
     
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    Arnt the seek times nil (almost zero)?
    Flash memory is like ram, its direct access. Shouldnt that mean that the latency is the amount of time the memory is on/off to correctly store/retrieve data without corruption or error?
     

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