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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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Whoa
By Polynikes on 10/10/2007 12:59:11 PM , Rating: 2
If I was stupid stinking rich I'd buy one for my gaming rig (to eliminate the only bottleneck in my system) but really, it would only net me one thing: Faster loading times. Memory is cheap enough now that all the data you need (or most of it) can be held in RAM, eliminating the hard disk as a performance limiter for the most part.

It's too bad we don't have other hardware that is so much faster than everything else but is proportionally more expensive. Imagine a 10x faster CPU, RAM or video card. :)




RE: Whoa
By kattanna on 10/10/2007 1:17:12 PM , Rating: 3
I'm still waiting for that 10Ghz CPU intel promised us we would have by now...

hehehehe

but seriously.. CPU speeds havent really increaed much in the last 2 years. Hopefully soon they will find a process to allow them to continue to ramp speeds again.


RE: Whoa
By Dactyl on 10/10/2007 3:59:14 PM , Rating: 4
Do what I do. Take a handful of horse tranquilizers before you sit down at your computer, and it feels like the CPU is 3 times as fast (and 3x as many FPS).


RE: Whoa
By leexgx on 10/10/2007 6:24:05 PM , Rating: 1
CPU speeds may have not gone up In GHz but in IPS thay gone up Alot Core 2 have the best in clase for customers at the time and for an Short time K10 maybe thay have better IPS as well untill intell bring theres out (repeat the loop agane and agane :P)


"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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