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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 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:

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.

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