SanDisk refreshes Fusion-io flash accelerator line-up with its own memory chips

SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe accelerator

SanDisk subsidiary Fusion-io has unveiled a new generation of ioMemory PCI Express accelerator cards for servers. One series makes use of SanDisk’s own memory components and is claimed to offer a significant increase in performance while cutting costs compared with the previous generation.

Announced today, the new portfolio of ioMemory PCIe accelerators is currently available for customer qualification, according to SanDisk.

All of the new models are claimed to offer double the random read performance over the older ioDrive2 generation of products, and feature an updated version of Fusion-io’s Virtual Storage Layer software to further maximise application throughput.

The portfolio includes updates to the ioMemory PX600 and the ioMemory SX300 Series of PCIe cards that Fusion-io launched last year, while adding a completely new SX350 series. It also includes updated Mezzanine flash accelerator cards for the latest HP and Cisco blade server hardware.

As Fusion-io has previously detailed, the PX Series is focused more on performance, specifically for environments involving high write workloads such as virtualisation and databases, while the SX Series is for scale-out environments where higher capacity is required, such as web hosting and data mining.

The new models offer unchanged capacities. The SX300 and SX350 Series range in capacity from 1.25TB to 6.4TB, while the PX600 Series covers capacities from 1TB to 5.2TB.

Fusion-io said that the updated PX600 Series now offers improved performance of up to 385,000 random write input/output operations per second and an ultra-low write latency of 15 microseconds.

However, the SX350 Series is the first to make use of SanDisk’s Nand flash products, offering an even greater boost in price/performance, according to the firm.

“The SX350 combines the proven architecture, performance and compatibility of Fusion-io with the trusted Nand flash from SanDisk. Through this synergy, we are able to offer higher performance, up to 2.4 times, and as much as 61 percent lower list pricing than the previous generation,” said Rob Callaghan, SanDisk Enterprise Storage Solutions marketing manager, writing on the SanDisk blog.

The new accelerator cards can also be used in combination with SanDisk’s recently updated FlashSoft caching software, which is designed to reduce I/O latency in VMware vSphere, Windows Server and Linux environments.

SanDisk acquired Fusion-io last year as part of a strategy to bolster its enterprise flash storage portfolio. The firm introduced its first all-flash storage array products earlier this year.

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27 April 2015 | 2:52 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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