October 5, 2011

Fusion-IO ioDrive2, Low-Cost PCI Express SSD Storage

Do you want the highest performance from your servers? Then you’ll want to use SSD storage instead of hard drives. With improved performance, a single server with SSD storage may replace multiple servers using hard drives and reduce overall costs.

Fusion-IO provides one of the highest performance PCI Express SSD cards for servers. Its newest products, ioDrive2 and ioDrive2-Duo provide low-cost PCI Express SSD storage for servers.


Fusion-IO ioDrive2

The smallest SSD card offered is ioDrive2-400GB, which delivers 1.4 GB/s, read bandwidth (1 MB blocks), write latency of 15 us and read latency of 47 us. It requires an x4 PCIe 2.0 slot in the server. The card dissipates 24W and requires 300 LFM airflow to cool it.


ioDrive2 Performance

The biggest SSD card is ioDrive2 Duo-2.4TB, which delivers 2.6 GB/s, read bandwidth (1 MB blocks), write latency of 15 us and read latency of 47 us. It requires an x8 PCIe 2.0 slot in the server. The card dissipates 55W and requires 300 LFM airflow to cool it.

The cards are built like a tank with lots of metal to dissipate the heat. Imagine putting multiple of these in the same server.

Cost is said to be about $11/GB, so the 400 GB SSD card may cost about $4,400 and the 2.4 TB about $25,000.

Good SSD storage to improve the performance of your servers.

Alternatives to Fusion-IO include these fastest PCI Express SSD’s for Enterprise and storage arrays such as Violin 6000 for bigger capacities in the data center.