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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 niknik on 10/10/2007 10:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
Someone should make a RAM only version of it (non-flash) - like the Gigabyte i-Ram device; but with 16/32/64Gb.

That would provide most of the benefits for "regular" use, and provided it had a backup battery, it wouldn't need flash nor suffer from the flash write cycle limitation.

Can't really understand why no one hasn't come up with such a device already. Gigabyte came close - but 4Gb isn't enough these days.
And the announced v2 that would allow up to 16Gb is yet missing...

By AggressorPrime on 10/10/2007 10:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
RAM is even more expensive at $50/GB vs this drive's $30/GB.

By AggressorPrime on 10/10/2007 10:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
Also RAM would probably take up more space. High density RAM can get very expensive at around $700 for a 4GB module vs $80 for a 2GB module and $25 for a 1GB module.
640GB would therefore require at least 160 4GB RAM modules and frankly I think the card pictured here takes less space than that.

Sorry for the double post, but my first one really needs some explaining.

By murphyslabrat on 10/10/2007 11:23:15 AM , Rating: 2
Also, You are limited to 1GB (?Gbit?)/s with PCI-E x4. Flash provides cheap capacity, and they almost saturate that bandwidth on the read speeds. And, with the intended applications, read-speed is the primary factor.

By Lonyo on 10/10/2007 10:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
You can get a stick of Crucial DDR2-667 for $20 AR :P

By johnsonx on 10/10/2007 2:34:04 PM , Rating: 1
you gonna fill out 640 rebate forms?

By GaryJohnson on 10/11/2007 10:46:36 AM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see an en masse memory card based solution. Something like a 3.5", SATA connected device with 32 or so slant mounted microSDHC card slots and an integrated raid controller.

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