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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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RE: untitled
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)

RE: untitled
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.

RE: untitled
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?

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

RE: untitled
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

RE: untitled
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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