Fusion-io Prepares The Way For All-Flash Data Centers
January 16, 2013

Fusion-io Clearing A Path For Big And Cheap All-Flash Data Centers

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online

Fusion-io has launched its new ioScale product line, paving the way for an eventual all-flash data center for companies in the not-so-distant future.

The ioScale turns the all-flash-drive data center into a more realistic idea for companies that rely on high-performance hardware. Each of ioScale's units provides up 3.2 terabytes of Fusion ioMemory capacity at $3.89 per gigabyte.

Fusion-io claims to include a number of benefits with its ioScale, including up to 3.2 terabytes of capacity on a single half-length PCIe slot, the ability to enable up to 12.8 terabytes or more of scaling, and reducing the need for disk drive bays.

“By making ioScale available to growing webscale and emerging cloud companies, Fusion-io is at the forefront of the transition to the all-flash hyperscale data center, powered by open-software-defined solutions,” Fusion-io CEO David Flynn said in a statement. “Hyperscale companies are an entirely different market with different needs compared to enterprise organizations.”

Flynn added that the official price could drop even further after customers hammer out deals with the company.

"These IO-memory-based devices are designed for the largest hyperscale customers," he says. "In the hyperscale market customers want to buy more wholesale pricing; we have to date not introduced products specialized for that market."

He said that these gigantic "hyperscale" websites do not buy through the enterprise server vendors, so they moved to introduce volume pricing for its own products due to these companies' buying habits.

"One of the important things about ioScale is that we have moved to a model that allows the contract manufacturers to do things in a more turnkey fashion. The efficiency of the supply chain is an important part of the ioScale story," Flynn said.

According to report by ZDNet, most major companies prefer to go directly to the source, such as manufacturers like Wistron, Foxconn or Quanta. These Asian manufacturers are increasing their market share each year while traditional OEMs are struggling to compete.

"With all these factors in mind, Fusion-io's move makes sense: if the destiny of hardware is to be bought in commodity volumes at commodity prices, then you might as well try and get a piece of the action," writes ZDNet´s Jack Clark.

Fusion-io promotes its architecture as the world's most advanced NAND clustering technology. The company says it uses its technology to create high density, high performance storage, thus eliminating the so-called input/output bottleneck and providing instant storage gains.