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640GB ioDrive Duo  (Source: DailyTech)
Fusion-io announces new PCI Express SSD product with massive performance promises

Storage in the computer market currently revolves around two types of products -- the HDD and the SSD. The SSD is faster and requires less power to operate leading to better battery life in portable computers. The HDD offers lower cost and more storage capacity than the current SSDs.

A company called Fusion-io is offering a new product called the ioDrive Duo, which it claims to be the world's fastest and most innovative SSD. The company says that the product doubles the slot capacity of its PCI Express ioDrive storage solution.

The new ioDrive Duo offers what the company claims is previously unheard of levels of performance, capacity, and protection for a single server. The product claims to be able to scale from 6Gb/sec of read bandwidth and offer over 500,000 read IOPS when using four ioDrive Duos.

David Flynn from Fusion-io said in a statement, "Many database and system administrators are finding that SANs are too expensive and don’t meet performance, protection and capacity utilization expectations. 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."

The ioDrive Duo fits into PCI Express x8 or x16 slots and can sustain up to 20Gb/sec of raw throughput. The company also says that it can easily sustain 1.5Gb/sec of read bandwidth and nearly 200,000 read IOPS. Sustained read bandwidth is 1500 MB/sec, sustained write bandwidth is 1400 MB/sec, Read IOPS is 186,000, and write IOPS is 167,000.

The ioDrive Duo offers multi-bit error detection, correction and flash back protection offering chip level N+1 redundancy and on-board self-healing. The product can also be configured for RAID-1 mirroring between two ioMemory modules on the same ioDrive Duo PCIe card.

The new cards will be available in April 2009 with 160GB, 320GB, and 640GB. A 1.28TB version isn't coming until the second half of 2009. The typical SSD, like the SSD offerings from Intel, are sized like normal hard drives and connect via SATA and other enterprise connection standards.  

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For storage
By carbon12 on 3/12/2009 12:47:38 PM , Rating: 3
That's great... but is it bootable?

RE: For storage
By wifiwolf on 3/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: For storage
By Dribble on 3/12/2009 1:35:37 PM , Rating: 5
How can be sure it won't be bootable?

It's certainly possible to boot off a PCI-E card. I could stick in a PCI-E raid controller with 8 SSD's in raid 0 and boot off that. If that's possible what makes you so sure they can't make it work?

RE: For storage
By Kougar on 3/12/2009 3:13:32 PM , Rating: 5
Because the original Fusion-Io was not bootable, due to some hardware issue or another they declined to get into details about.

They stated it would be fixed in future products, but I wouldn't assume this PCIe card was bootable unless they specifically mention that it is.

RE: For storage
By lexluthermiester on 3/13/2009 4:38:12 AM , Rating: 2
That is an assumption on your part, but it is likely to be right.

If you click on the image of the card itself, you will note that there is no firmware package, which means it's likely non-bootable. Cards that have no boot design, with few exceptions, don't have firmware chips. So there we go.

RE: For storage
By Tamale on 3/13/2009 3:43:28 PM , Rating: 4
The much more important question, of course, is..

Will it BLEND?

RE: For storage
By Samus on 3/14/2009 12:44:47 AM , Rating: 3

RE: For storage
By mindless1 on 3/14/2009 10:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
There are a few chips on the card that could be high density EEPROMs holding the firmware. If you were expecting the old, large EEPROM chips which are roughly 14mm square, take a look at any modern video card for an example of the smaller ones.

RE: For storage
By Amiga500 on 3/12/2009 1:15:23 PM , Rating: 5
Who cares?

How often do you think a server or workstation is rebooted?

Indeed, do you run your programs from the same partition as your windows/linux install?

This would be like manna from heaven for FEA work! That big I/O bottleneck, removed in one go

RE: For storage
By Flunk on 3/12/2009 1:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't really matter how often it's rebooted. All you'd really need is another drive (even USB flash) to store the basic kernel, everything else could be on this.

RE: For storage
By Amiga500 on 3/12/2009 1:29:42 PM , Rating: 2
I know - that was kinda my point.


RE: For storage
By Drexial on 3/12/2009 1:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
for a virtual center this is amazing. It can store a users session while they are active on the PC before writing back to the file server when they finish their session. So it removes the disk i/o lag that file servers would suffer from in a VDI environment. Their desktop would be almost instantaneously available for usage. The server hosting the cards would boot off a standard USB flash drive with the simplified OS on it. Then pull their desktop session from the file server as soon as its cached onto the IO cards their have their desktop.

RE: For storage
By Screwballl on 3/12/2009 2:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
That's great... but is it bootable?

I don't see why not. It is a hard drive using a controller chip and is the same as any PCIe x1 or PCI hard drive controller card...

RE: For storage
By talikarni on 3/12/2009 3:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand... is this a controller card that you hook one for their drives into or is this entire card the hard drive and just has a chip on board so it is seen as a hard drive?
I am still learning so these unusual tech devices confuse me

RE: For storage
By mvpx02 on 3/12/2009 4:01:16 PM , Rating: 4
Option #2, this is essentially a controller card with the memory chips built right onto it.

RE: For storage
By lexluthermiester on 3/13/2009 4:46:50 AM , Rating: 2
More that they are plugged in. This series of SSD HHD's uses a based controller that the storage modules plug into. And for different sizes they simply plug in different capacity modules. It's a very smart design! But I agree with what the OP seems to want to use it for, bootability. That size of storage at those speeds? Are you kidding? Me wanty buy!

RE: For storage
By MrPoletski on 3/13/2009 7:34:16 AM , Rating: 1
but it would mean F6 on the Xp install menu and fiddling around for hours trying to get a floppy drive working...

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