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Fusion-io Doubles Enterprise Flash Performance

Two new releases from Fusion-io--ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo--double the performance of the first-generation flash offering, with better latency, endurance and reliability, says company CEO and President David Flynn. The new features include 15-microsecond latency, 900,000 write IOPS, 700,000 read IOPS, 3-Gbyte per second bandwidth, nearly symmetrical read and write access, up to 2.4 Tbytes of capacity and system-level integration with Fusion-io VSL 3.0 software subsystem.

The new products also provide more work per unit of processing with the cut-through Fusion-io architecture, as well as chip-level fault tolerance with a self-healing feature called Adaptive FlashBack that enables ioMemory to repair itself after a single die or a multichip failure without interrupting business continuity. There is also extended support for all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris x86, ESXi 5.0 and HP-UX, and field programmability allows users to customize their ioMemory platform as required.

While the first shipments of Fusion ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo will begin in late November, the first product run is committed to key customers and partners. The MLC versions will ship first in 365 Gbyte, 785 Gbyte, 1,205 Gbyte and 2.4 Tbyte capacities, followed by SLC products in 400 Gbyte, 600 Gbyte and 1.2 Tbyte capacities. Pricing starts at $5,950.

According to a recent study from Storage Strategies NOW (SSG-NOW), the enterprise market has embraced solid-state drives and high-speed memory, with more than 70% of respondents planning to deploy SSDs and high-speed memory, 25% already implemented, 32% evaluating and 31% currently implementing the technology.

IDC reports 2010 SSD revenue increased 103.4% due to strong growth in the enterprise segment ("Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2011-2015 Forecast: Transformational Times"). And IHS-iSuppli expects the enterprise storage market to grow 13% in the second half of 2011, with revenue climbing to $4.67 billion. But while hard-disk drives will account for 71% of this revenue, up 0.9% from the first half of the year, SSDs will be up 61% to $1.35 billion from $843 million.

The flash market is hot, which helped fuel Fusion-io growth, with revenues soaring 556% higher for its fourth fiscal 2011 quarter, which ended on June 30. However, they were up just 7% quarter-over-quarter, and the company said next quarter's revenues should be lower than the previous quarter's.

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