A flash card to replace 1000 hard drives?

September 30, 2007

Today in the “holy crap” file we have a piece from Tom’s Hardware about a PCI based card that can store up to 640GB of data in flash and blow the doors off a massive storage array for size, performance, noise and power requirements.

We caught up with Fusion io’s CTO David Flynn at the Demofall 07 conference in San Diego. He explained that the ioDrive is a PCI Express card with a controller and NAND flash chips. This isn’t a controller for other drives, but rather a self-contained storage device that can be easily popped into an empty motherboard slot.

Flynn told us that the cards will start at 80 GB and will scale to 320 and 640 GB next year. By the end of 2008, Fusion io also hopes to roll out a 1.2 TB card. You can even put multiple cards into a computer for extra performance and fault tolerance.

While I haven’t yet had a chance to write about it, I’ve slowly been replacing traditional RAID based boxes at work with CF based machines.  Incidentally, my host platform runs Via C7 processors.  I started the project before I had heard of the Zonbu but you can see the overlap…

More details to follow.

You can understand I’m suitably intrigued by this new product. You can read the full article here: http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/34065/135/

-Mr. Zonbu