Fusion-io picked the right time to develop an advanced I/O memory architecture for solid state storage systems. Now that SSDs are all the rage among enterprise system vendors, the company is in the driver's seat when it comes to OEM agreements.
The latest is with HP, which recently tapped the company's ioMemory system for the StorageWorks IO Accelerator, a NAND flash adapter designed for the BladeSystem architecture. The device provides more than 100,000 IOPS with 800/600 Mbps read/write throughput and access latency of less than 50 microseconds.
Both companies say their goal is to eliminate latency on the application level, offering the ability to accelerate performance for specific workloads, such as in virtual environments, 3D rendering, data mining or transactional processes. A single BladeSystem c-Class server can hold up to three IO Accelerator mezzanine cards, each providing up to 320 GB of storage.
Fusion-io has also been working closely with IBM, devising a new SAN I/O system under the Project QuickSilver program. The work involves matching the ioMemory system onto a PCIe design to allow it to be used in commodity environments.