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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 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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