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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: Nice!
By dflynchimp on 10/10/2007 9:48:02 AM , Rating: 2
ROFL

but back to the days when normal hard drives were still a fledgling technology we were looking at up to $100/GB, so this isn't nearly as bad. I'd give it ten years to mature and drop in price (won't want the girl by then tho). Eventually it's going to become mainstream...one day...


RE: Nice!
By killerroach on 10/10/2007 9:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
$100 a gig? I take it your memory doesn't go that far back... I remember paying $299 for an 850MB drive, and that was only just over a dozen years ago. By those standards, this thing's cheaper... just on a freakishly large scale.


RE: Nice!
By BBeltrami on 10/10/2007 10:37:00 AM , Rating: 4
Oy! I can remember selling a 20Mb hard drive for $299 and telling the customer, "You'll NEVER fill this drive." Seems crazy, but at the time it was true...

What's that work out to? Around $14,950 per gig? Yikes.


RE: Nice!
By augiem on 10/10/2007 12:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
I remember an ad for a 20MB hard drive in a Compute magazine I believe advertised for over $600. Calculate that to today's value and it'd be something like $1500-$1800.

And, yes, 20MB had that mindblowingly large feeling of awe we used to get from the thought of having such a huge drive and no way possible to fill it up. (PC's couldn't even come close to doing video back then) Now, somehow 1TB doesn't seem so big though. :(


RE: Nice!
By dflynchimp on 10/10/2007 10:54:23 AM , Rating: 2
I was born in '87, so no my memory doesn't scale back as far as some others. I believe $100 a gig was the price circa '96


RE: Nice!
By GaryJohnson on 10/10/2007 11:17:50 AM , Rating: 3
Look like August of '97 according to this page:

http://www.littletechshoppe.com/ns1625/winchest.ht...


RE: Nice!
By dflynchimp on 10/10/2007 12:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
Daaaaaang....looks like I'm hopelessly miss informed...

$200 a gig then...hmm... looks like $100 a gig only came post 98 then. damn I'm young...


RE: Nice!
By glomag on 10/10/2007 8:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
I was born in '87 too and I got my first computer when I was 10 or 11 ('97-'98). It was a compaq 350mhz K6 with an 8GB hard drive. The whole computer cost around $1500 so $100 per GB might be a slight overestimation.


RE: Nice!
By melgross on 10/10/2007 12:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
You guys are either too young, or came into computers too late.

I had an Atari 800 as my second machine, after having passed on the Altair and that generation.

Floppies only held 89 KB. I was considering buying a HDD for it.

The price?

$3,500 for a 3.25 MB drive!

Needless to say, I passed.


RE: Nice!
By augiem on 10/10/2007 1:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
WOW, that's nuts.

I did have a TRS80, Apple IIe, IBM XTs and ATs, PC Jrs, etc, but I don't ever remember knowing or caring how much things cost that far back. My mom had one of these hilarious business computers from the late 70's -- basically looked like a monochrome screen embedded into a one-piece body w/ keyboard with a massive 8" floppy drive embedded vertically on the right of the screen. As I recall, it came with its own stand/desk thing. I believe hearing she spent nearly $25,000 on it. And in today's value... YIKES!


RE: Nice!
By Stosh68 on 10/10/2007 1:31:10 PM , Rating: 2
I bought my first hard drive in May of 1987, with my entire first paycheck of my first fulltime job.

It was a 10MB Sider for my Apple IIe, and it cost me $700.

http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/v11n8/36_Th...

I used it for games, programming and to run a BBS for several years, and I could never fill it up.


RE: Nice!
By melgross on 10/10/2007 12:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
[quote] I'd give it ten years to mature and drop in price (won't want the girl by then tho)[/quote]

Why? Will you be too old to be interested then?


RE: Nice!
By NainoKami on 10/10/2007 1:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think he meant the girl wasn't much of an incentive if she was 10 years older... :D


RE: Nice!
By johnsonx on 10/10/2007 2:31:52 PM , Rating: 3
I suppose we could do this all day... the first drives I purchased for servers back in '89 were 110MB ESDI drives, the big full height 5.25" bricks. Those cost close to $1,000, so that's in the neighborhood of $10,000 per gig. By that standard, that 640GB flash drive should cost $6 MILLION.

Now if I could get my Dad on, he could tell about how much the first washing-machine sized 10MB hard drives cost for 'his' DEC-10 mainframe, and then we could extrapolate that price out to some number of hundreds of millions for a 640GB drive. Then we could get some really old guy to say how much the old magnetic core memory cost per K-word, and extrapolate that out to hundreds of billions of dollars. Then we could figure out how much it would all cost using the vacuum tubes from ENIAC-1. After that, we'd talk with Alexander Graham Bell about his wax-coated drum....

Stop Now.


RE: Nice!
By johnsonx on 10/10/2007 2:35:06 PM , Rating: 1
or was it Edison?


RE: Nice!
By johnsonx on 10/10/2007 2:53:57 PM , Rating: 2
damn, I couldn't resist. Magentic Core Memory started out at about 1 dollar per bit, which would put the cost of 640GB of core a little over $5 Trillion. Over it's life it got down to a penny per bit, still rather pricey...


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