Dell Offers SSDs for In-Memory Solutions

By Stuart J. Johnston

Fusion-io announced Wednesday that computer maker Dell is now selling its ioDrive technology for integration into its In-Memory solutions -- providing servers with memory that behaves like central storage, but with the speed of RAM.

"The Fusion-io ioDrive memory tier is a NAND flash-based extension of the server memory hierarchy that offers persistent RAM-like performance with disk-drive-like capacities, all at a fraction of the cost of conventional RAM or storage area network (SAN) solutions," according to a Dell document online.

Under the agreement, customers can purchase a Dell In-Memory solution with either 320 GB or 640 GB of Dell-branded ioDrive Duo modules integrated into a PowerEdge R910 Rack Server, Fusion-io said in a statement.

"Storing an organization's most active data directly in the appliance with Fusion-io technology allows for more data to be processed in near real-time," Neil Carson, CTO of Fusion-io, said.

According to the companies, the ioDrive sports write speeds of up to 1 GBps and read bandwidths up to 1.4 GBps.

The point of using ioDrive technology as an additional storage tier instead of hard-disk drives cuts access latency and maximizes the servers' ability to provide more immediate results by letting the customer's "most active" data to be processed directly in the server's main memory.

That's particularly useful for tasks such as data analysis, business planning, and transaction processing, the companies said. Additionally, Fusion-io claims that ioMemory uses less energy than traditional storage architectures and lowers customers' total cost of ownership.

"It easily outperforms dozens of solid-state drives (SSDs) without adding complexity, and also delivers the performance of thousands of disk drives in a single server," Dell's documents state.

Fusion-io caused quite a stir two years ago when it landed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as a member of its board.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on May 18, 2011