Flash storage vendor Fusion-io has introduced a new line of products it claims are cost-effective enough to form a whole storage tier across the datacentre, giving a potential boost to scale-out applications such as cloud services.
Available immediately, ioScale has evolved from Fusion-io's high volume ioFX workstation accelerator cards, but is designed to address the price, reliability and density requirements of firms such as cloud hosting firms and those with scale-out web applications, which the firm dubs "hyperscale" companies.
Each ioScale drive fits up to 3.2TB of storage onto a single half-length PCI Express card, which makes it possible for each rack-mount server in the datacentre to be configured with up to 12.8TB of capacity.
However, price is key, and Fusion-io claims that ioScale's cost of $3.89 per gigabyte in volumes of 100 units or more makes it feasible to implement a whole storage tier using flash.
"Fusion ioScale has been specifically designed with the input of existing hyperscale market leaders to maximise the simplicity of the all-flash datacentre and meet the unique needs of webscale customers," said Fusion-io chief executive David Flynn.
Servers supporting Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware can boot from ioScale, completely eliminating the need for disks, according to Fusion-io.
The firm claims that ioScale has the self-healing, wear management, and predictive monitoring capabilities required for enterprise-class reliability in the datacentre.
Fusion-io is set to showcase ioScale at the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, Califormia this week.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.