Fusion-io Unveils Atomic PCIe SSDs

By Pedro Hernandez

Fusion-io, a Salt Lake City-based enterprise flash storage provider, has announced the availability of a new line of PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs) based on the company's third-generation flash memory architecture.

Dubbed the "Atomic Series," the new product line aims to help businesses banish loading animations and deliver near-instant application performance that enhances the user experience. Describing latency as the "new dial up," Fusion-io Shane Robison said in a statement that the tech the company has baked into Atomic PCIe SSDs "ensure that data flows seamlessly and with greater speed, efficiency and reliability by accelerating data-driven applications."

The sentiment is echoed by Lance Smith, Fusion-io's President and COO. Consumers today consider buffering "a 4-letter word," he stated in a company blog post. The public's appetite for snappy Web and cloud performance makes "real-time data a necessity for any solution or application to be successful," he added.

In total, the company is rolling out eight Atomic PCIe SSDs.

The ioMemory PX600 Atomic Series is the high-performance branch, encompassing the 1000, 1300, 2600 and 5200 models. As their designations suggest, they pack 1,000 GB, 1,300 GB, 2,600 GB and 5,200 GB of MLC flash storage respectively.

Across the board, Fusion-io's full height, half-length low-profile PX600 PCIe 2.0 SSDs deliver read speeds of 2.7 GB per second. Write speeds range from 1.5 GB per second (PX600 1000) to 2.2 GB per second (PX600 2600).

Random 4K read inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) hit a maximum of 330,000 on the PX600 2600. Random 4K write IOPS top out at 375,000 on both the PX600 2600 and 5200. ioMemory PX600 series Atomic PCIe SSDs are backed by a 5-year warranty.

Designed for scalability, the ioMemory SX300 Atomic Series is comprised of the 1300, 1600, 3200 and 6400 models, the latter of which provides a whopping 6,400 GB of usable flash capacity.

All four full-height, half-length SX300 PCIe 2.0 SSDs deliver read speeds of up to 2.6 GB per second. Write speeds are 1.1 GB per second for the 1300 and 1600 models. The SX300 3200 and 6400 variants offer slightly better performance at 1.2 GB per second.

At 215,000 and 300,000 random 4K read and write IOPS, respectively, the SX300 3200 edges out its stable mates in the responsiveness department. SX300 series models are backed by a 3-year warranty.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on June 05, 2014