Fusion-io, building on its work on IBM's Project Quicksilver program, unveiled a new SAN architecture that uses both high-performance I/O and solid state disk technology.
The ioSAN is aimed at pushing the performance of the company's SSDs onto an enterprise network setting, deployed either as a networked, server-attached storage array or as part of an overall network storage infrastructure.
The system combines Fusion-io's ioMemory and Converged Enhanced Networking onto the same PCIe form factor used by the company's ioDrive SSD. The company claims to be able to offer a multi-terabyte tiered storage array using off-the-shelf servers. It says system performance is rated in the millions of IOPS with sustained bandwidth in the multiple tens of GB and latency as low as one millisecond.
The system sports an interface that can dynamically alternate between 10 GbE and 40 GBps QDR Infiniband and provides many of the traditional storage applications, such as replication, mirroring, ILM, failover and backup/restoration.
Fusion-io is launching a third-party development program for the system at the beginning of the year, with general availability planned sometime later.