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Fusion-io Goes Atomic with PCI Express NAND Flash

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Server-side NAND flash can be a powerful tool in the data center. The latency reduction it provides can be invaluable when working with data intensive applications.

Fusion-io rolled out a new series of PCI Express NAND flash memory products aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large corporations. With the Atomic Series, Fusion-io hopes to maintain a place in the growing enterprise flash market while shrinking the form factor needed for such performance. Read: Building a Business Case for Flash Storage

"Latency is the new dial up. Our newest advancements in flash memory with the release of Atomic Series ensure that data flows seamlessly and with greater speed, efficiency and reliability by accelerating data-driven applications," says Shane Robison, Fusion-io's CEO and chairman of the board.

The Atomic Series consists of two NAND flash lines: the SX300 line, and the high-end PX600 line. The SX300 line of products is best suited for SME operations and includes the 1300, 1600, 3200 and 6400 models (each model number represents its capacity in GBs). Both the SX300 and PX600 lines have PCIe 2.0x8 interfaces and are built with a multi-level cell (MLC) memory architecture.

Fusion-io's Atomic SX300 3200 model. Image courtesy of Fusion-io.Fusion-io's Atomic SX300 3200 model. Image courtesy of Fusion-io.The SX300 line provides a read bandwidth of 2.6GB/s and write bandwidth ranging from 1.1 to 1.2GB/s. Random read IOPS(4k) range from 180,00 to 215,00 while random write IOPS(4k) range from 285,000 to 300,000. Finally, read and write latencies are maintained around 92µs and 15µs respectively.

The higher end offerings in the Atomic Series fall under the PX600 line and include the 1000, 1300, 2600, 5200 models. The PX600 products all maintain a read bandwidth of 2.7GB/s while ranging in write bandwidth from 1.5 to 2.1GB/s.

Random read IOPS(4k) range from 196,000 to 276,000 and random write IOPS(4k) range from 320,000 to 375,000. Read and write latencies are also 92µs and 15µs respectively.

"Speed is critical to most any application, whether it is a doctor’s immediate request for patient data, a retailer’s need for fraud detection or an individual’s desire to share and connect special moments," says Jeff Janukowicz, research director at IDC. "To meet this need for speed, businesses require solutions that can accelerate the flow of information and this positions companies, such as Fusion-io, to capitalize on this growing demand." Fusion-io's Atomic SX300 1600 model. Image courtesy of Fusion-io.Fusion-io's Atomic SX300 1600 model. Image courtesy of Fusion-io.

Fusion-io Atomic Series Available in HP ProLiant

In related news, Fusion-io also announced that the Atomic Series will be available for purchase with HP's line of ProLiant servers. The history of the partnership between the two companies includes Oracle DB performance feats of 2.5 million IOPS and record-breaking VMmark results using Fusion-io's ION Data Accelerator; similarly, the latest partnership announcement, made at HP Discover this week, is directed at customers looking to accelerate database, cloud, big data and hyper-scale workloads. Customers interested in the combined server package can contact an authorized HP representative for more information.

For more information on the SX300 and PX600 line of NAND flash solutions visit the respective product information pages here and here. The Atomic Series is currently available through Fusion-io's partner network.

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