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Fusion-io Intros ION Software-Defined Storage

Says its ION Data Accelerator software transforms 1U servers into network-shared ioMemory data acceleration appliances

Fusion-io Wednesday trotted out a piece of software called ION Data Accelerator that All Things Digital says means that a server fitted with flash can replace a storage array.

It also says that "servers that run in the cloud are going all-flash" starting with the boxes in Facebook's data centers. They're no longer combined with hard disks.

Fusion-io says its ION Data Accelerator software transforms 1U servers into network-shared ioMemory data acceleration appliances delivering over one million IOPS, up to 6 GB/s throughput and under 0.06 millisecond access latency. Applications that need access to shared data benefit from the performance.

It'll scale as the underlying server and networking get fancier and it won't lose data to power outages.

Fusion says an early access global media and entertainment customer added ION systems to accelerate a number of key applications and achieved a 25x improvement in SQL Server performance, an 8x improvement in transcoding performance and up to 40x acceleration improvements on various other applications.

ION software is reportedly in use at over a dozen early access customers, most of which are Fortune 500s. One of them is Facebook.

ION claims better performance than dedicated flash appliances, while improving the efficiency of high-performance storage arrays.

Fusion is using OEMS like HP, Dell and IBM and resellers like Hyve Solutions, a division of Synnex, to get to market.

The ION shared acceleration software will be available in October starting at $3,900.

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