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SanDisk combines flash tech with Fusion-io accelerators

Posted: 07 May 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SanDisk  NAND flash  Fusion-io  application accelerator  server 

SanDisk has enhanced its Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators by incorporating Fusion-io products. Rob Callaghan, senior director of enterprise marketing at SanDisk, said the product refresh is the first one that combines the Fusion-io architecture and its own technology. It acquired Fusion-io almost a year ago for $1.1 billion.

The latest Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators are made up of Virtual Storage Layer (VSL) data access acceleration software and SanDisk NAND flash, which Callaghan said helps to reduce the list price compared with predecessors. Fusion-io previously sourced NAND flash from other sources. "We can be very aggressive with pricing," he said.

More than 250,000 Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators have been deployed since the technology first debuted eight years ago. Callaghan cited online dating site PlentyOFish as one of the 7,000 customers that has deployed the technology to support more than three million active users a day and 100 million profiles. Its hard drive-based storage system couldn't keep up with the demands of its customers.

Fusion ioMemory SX350

Fusion ioMemory SX350 PCIe application accelerator

Callaghan said the latest ioMemory PCIe application accelerators are particularly well-suited for databases. The SX350 and SX300 series range in capacity from 1.25TB up to 6.4TB and aimed at both mixed-use workloads such as virtualisation, databases, business intelligence and real-time financial data processing and read-intensive workloads such as web hosting, data mining, content caching and CAD/CAM applications.

The PX600 series ranges from 1TB up to 5.2TB and is designed for mixed-use workloads including virtualisation, databases, business intelligence and real-time financial data processing. The Mezzanine series are available on the latest HP Gen9 and Gen8 BladeSystem servers and the latest CISCO UCS B-series blade servers and can support more virtual machines per server than spinning disk.

Callaghan said each of the ioMemory PCIe cards has the VSL developed by Fusion-io, which provides direct memory access, minimises latency and maximises application throughput and compares well in terms of performance with NVMe options available. Overall, he said the update to the Fusion-io products is part of a broader portfolio of flash technologies that balances cost, performance and capacity depending on the different customer requirements.

- Gary Hilson
  EE Times

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