Fusion-io Launches New Monster Drives
Fusion-io has just released the first upgrade of its NAND-based flash disk series ioDrive. The sequels, logically named ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo, offer double storage capacity, bandwidth and circuit density compared to their predecessors. They are also designed for better endurance and tolerance to hardware failure.
The new SSD series has been described by the manufacturer as having a bandwidth of 3 gigabits per second (ioDrive 2 Duo) and that it can handle 700,000 read/write operations per second (IOPS). WThehen write operations figure is even larger: 900,000 IOPS according to David Flynn, CEO of Fusion-io. The latter is an unusual feature for flash drives, which usually read faster than they write.
In addition to improved performance, these PCIe-attached SSDs also come with a new firmware that includes a ‘self-healing’ feature called Adaptive Flashback. According to the manufacturer this feature gives the drive the ability to handle failures of one or more memory chips without any data loss. Other news include extended support for all major operating systems including Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris x86, ESXi 5.0 and HP-UX.
The storage capacities for the ioDrive2 are 365GB and 785GB and for the ioDrive2 Duo 1.2TB and 2.4TB. These drives are certainly not intended for the consumer market as the pricing starts at $5,950, although this is nevertheless cheaper than the manufacturer’s first SSD generation. The intended users are data centers with very high requirements, and the drives are expected to be available from November 2011.