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ioDrive Storage device  (Source: Fusion-io)
ioDATA drive promises vastly superior enterprise level read and write performance at a hefty price

Most computer users want faster hard drives to aide in faster boot times and application loading. Solid state drives (SSDs) promised to improve our load times and they did to some degree.

If a measly 64GB solid state drive just doesn’t cut it for your needs, Fusion-io has a new 640GB flash based hard drive that slips into a PCI-Express x4 slot. Fusion-io promises some very swift speeds from the drive in the neighborhood of 600 Mbytes/sec sustained write speed (4000Mbytes/sec random) and 800 Mbytes/sec sustained read (8,000 Mbytes/sec random).

The ioDrive has no moving parts to increase the lifespan and reduce the risk of failure. If more capacity is needed scaling is possible by adding more ioDrive cards to the system. The sustained data transfer rates that Fusion-io promises (PDF) are vastly superior to other enterprise level storage devices on the market such as Ultra SCSI and SAS storage devices.

Supported operating systems include Linux Red Hat AS4.0, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The catch to go along with all of the performance the ioDrive promises is that the 640GB version costs a massive $19,000 USD. Gizmodo is reporting that when the 640GB drive is released in Q1 2008 80GB, 160GB, and 320GB versions will also be available.

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By nace186 on 10/10/2007 9:16:29 AM , Rating: 2
The ioDrive has no moving parts to increase the lifespan and reduce the risk of failure.

So having moving part help increase the lifespan and reduce risk of failure? Just kidding, I understand what you meant.

It's expensive now, but just like every other piece of new technology, the price will come down in a year or two.

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By Bioniccrackmonk on 10/10/2007 9:19:21 AM , Rating: 2
I agree the price will come down, but unless they come up with a revolutionary way to create these types of drives, I wouldn't imagine it coming down to a reasonable price for awhile. For fun, anyone want to come up with how much storage you can have for $19,000? (I could build a couple of really nice computers for this amount)

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By killerroach on 10/10/2007 9:32:23 AM , Rating: 2
For the money, the best size/cost ratio I could find on a hard drive on Newegg was a 500GB ATA/100 drive for $110 shipped. Rounding to the nearest drive, that would be 173 hard drives for the $19,000, and a total capacity of (using 1000GB/TB) 86.5TB, a factor of 135 greater than the flash-based drive.

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By therealnickdanger on 10/10/2007 9:40:56 AM , Rating: 2
I would trade that much storage for an 80GB version of this thing with that level of performance. How much for the 80GB, me wonders?

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By AggressorPrime on 10/10/2007 10:32:54 AM , Rating: 2
It is $30/GB.

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By marvdmartian on 10/10/2007 10:32:54 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, Best Buy has the 500gb Seagates (PATA or SATA) on sale this week for $99.99. Even with my atrocious 8.25% sales tax, that still comes out a buck or so cheaper than Newegg's price per drive, which gives you another 2.5 drives, or 175 total, or total capacity of 87.5TB!! :)

Me, I'll just wait until someone has these with a 10% off coupon, maybe in conjunction with a Black Friday deal!! LOL

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By maverick85wd on 10/10/2007 10:51:55 AM , Rating: 2
makes me wonder how far this thing negates the new ASUS board with an embedded OS that boots in 5 seconds....

not that the embedded OS isn't a nice touch for system recovery, but with that much space you could easily put a small partition with an OS for system recovery and boot into it with a boot loader.

definitely still a bit pricey though, will wait until a TB runs a grand or so :)

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By scrapsma54 on 10/10/07, Rating: 0
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By TomZ on 10/10/2007 9:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, that's right, since flash is typically only good for 1 million cycles minimum. LOL.

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By ksherman on 10/10/2007 10:25:01 AM , Rating: 2
Whats more, the controllers on the memory monitor which blocks have been written to the most and intelligently write to the memory evenly, thus the life of the flash memory really is quite long, probably even more reliable and longer lasting than a mechanical magnetic hard drive.

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By Dactyl on 10/10/2007 3:50:13 PM , Rating: 2
By the time your drive dies (actually, it will simply shrink in size as portions of it go bad) . . . you will be able to buy a flash drive bigger than a TB for under $1,000.

HDDs, on the other hand, can seize up and die at any moment.

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By Parhel on 10/10/2007 4:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
What happens if it shrinks too much and can no longer fit in the PCI slot because it's too small? Huh? What then?

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By leexgx on 10/10/2007 6:03:09 PM , Rating: 1
you jokeing ?

any way if done right it take Upto 8 years before some Blocks on the flash start to die and what should happen in windows you see that the Total space will start to go smaller dono if Norm SSD disks do this (the 32/64GB ones)

one other thing should be Noted Defraging is point less
as well as all parts of the disk have the same speed Fragmented or not as the access time is 0.2ms min,max and typical per i think 1000 I/O's (mite be even more then that)
on flash it allso more likey damage it when useing defrag as it has to move data around can make the drive fail sooner

Speed if done right Sata 150/300 will be the liming factor for data speed on SSD drives, PCI-e on the other had can have 256MB/s just on PCI-e 1x so an 2x PCI-E can have 512MB/s (allso rember its Full duplex on PCI-e so its 256mb send /256mb recive total 512mb)

Static is more likey to tost one fo these things before thay fail

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By leexgx on 10/10/2007 6:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
heh it uses PCI-E 4x so its got 1GB/s both ways

booting with this puppy you be limted to the probing stages of Bios/windows/linux when starting up

but £10,000 for it seems an little extream but one day it will replace Spinning disks (about time to taken them to long or Payed Not to make them)

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