Articles about Fusion-Io

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Fusion-io co-founder turns techie for Primary Data: Biz gets new boss

Famous Fusion-io co-founder David Flynn has stepped back from the CEO role at his latest startup Primary Data. He becomes CTO and reports, nominally – it's not like Lance can fire him – to incoming CEO and Grande Fromage Lance Smith. Smith and Flynn have history, as Smith was the former Fusion-io president and COO, becoming …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2014
Toshiba NAND wafer

REVEALED: Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined

+Analysis Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 companies and only got one offer. A Schedule 14D-9 SEC filing about the $1.1bn SanDisk acquisition of Fusion-io reveals that: SanDisk and Fusion-io first discussed a possible commercial arrangement in Summer 2013. Fusion-io talked to other potential partners as well. SanDisk expressed acquisition …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014
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Fusion-io takes DIMM view of flash cards ... Diablo goes for broke

Fusion-io's chief operating officer Lance Smith is going around lancing the boil that is the flash DIMM – flash memory interfaced to a server's memory bus instead of its slower PCIe interface – but he's facing a challenge from Diablo Technologies. Flash DIMM technology is provided by Diablo Technology to SanDisk, which has used …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
SanDisk Extreme 120GB SDSSDX-120G-G25

Will SanDisk move into enterprise kit after its Fusion-io slurp?

Storagebod Can SanDisk make a go of moving into the enterprise with its $1.1bn purchase of Fusion-io? It is a very different market to the consumer space and although the margins are considerably higher, it brings with it many challenges. I think it’ll depend on the go-to-market strategy that SanDisk take and I fully expect them to carry …
StorageBod, 18 Jun 2014
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage. Its ioMemory product can run the in-memory flavour of SQL Server and deliver, Fusion claims, ”up to 4x improvements in transactions per second and a significant reduction in data latencies in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
Nuke blast

Facebook, are you listening? Fusion-io chucks 6.4TB 'Atomic' flash kit at world

PCIe-card flasher Fusion-io has a new piece of ioMemory hardware and is calling it the Atomic Series. This third-generation architecture product stores up to 6.4TB. The existing ioScale card stores 3.2TB of data. That’s made using 2Xnm class MLC NAND (29-20nm). Fusion says the new card is faster, maybe twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014
Fusion-io ioSgale 3.2TB card

MySQL daddy Monty talks up Fusion-io's data-stuffed flash

Fusion-io can cram more data into its ioMemory flash storage without cramping performance – at least that’s what it’s claiming about its NVM Compression technology. We are told NVM Compression is “a flash-aware interface that can double the useable capacity of ioMemory flash while eliminating the performance impact associated …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014

Fusion-io founder Flynn gets $50m fuel to get Primary Data flying

David Flynn’s Primary Data startup reportedly just received $50m in B-round funding. The news comes from Barron’s Blog, which spoke to the Fusion-IO co-founder. Fusion-io's now-ex-CEO David Flynn set up Primary Data with fellow Fusion-io co-founder Rick White shortly after leaving Fusion. The two provided the initial or A-round …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013

Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

+Analysis The end-game for flash supplier consolidation is in sight: SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for a paltry $1.1bn. The bare bones are: All-cash transaction for $1.1bn, tendering $11.25 for each Fusion-io share. Both boards are in favour. Fusion’s PCIe flash card and ioControl shared flash array businesses will be integrated with …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014
David Flynn

Fusion-io founder Flynn flies again with new storage upstart

Ousted Fusion-io co-founder David Flynn has a new gig: startup Primary Data. And the chief marketing officer? Why, none other than Rick White, co-founder of Fusion-io and its chief marketing officer when he resigned along with Flynn earlier this year. He started at Primary Data in June. The news is reported by the Wall Street …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013
Fusion-io ioFX cards

Whiting drags himself out of Riverbed, moves to head up global Fusion-io's sales team

Flash furtler Fusion-io has a new sales boss, Ian Whiting, who replaces the retiring company's chief sales officer, Jim Dawson. Whiting comes to Fusion-io from Riverbed, where he was the senior veep for Americas sales and, before that, Brocade, where he was SVP worldwide sales until ex-CEO Michael Klayko took over the job …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013
Fusion-io ioScale 3.2TB card

Flash fettlers Fusion-io scoop IBM as reseller partner

Big Blue is gonna flog Fusion-io server flash cards, and is doing its bit to rehabilitate the floundering flash fettler after its founder and CEO fled earlier this year. IBM's announcement is here, and says the Fusion-io cards are available for System x and BladeCenter servers. Users get from 825GB to 3.2TB of MLC flash per PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2013

Fusion-io polishes up ioTurbine: Let them eat 1-click app cache

Flashy app acceleration firm Fusion-io has updated its ioTurbine flash caching software to make it slicker, simpler and easier to use and manage. The software, which was updated six months ago to improve its VMware citizenship credentials, caches hot disk data in server flash caches, using Fusion's PCIe flash cards. The result …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2013
Shane Robison

Flashy Fusion-io pleads the fifth – the fifth loss-making quarter, that is

Despite revenues rising steadily, Fusion-io cannot stem its cash bleed: it lost $30.7m in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 54 per cent increase on the loss it recorded in the same period a year ago. Revenues from the just-ended quarter were $100.5m, 15 per cent up on the year and six per cent more than the second quarter; …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell. These two appliances are essential server/controllers running Fusion-io software with their innards stuffed full of Fusion’s PCIe flash cards, plus disks in the hybrid appliance product. The company …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
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Fusion-io founders' stealthy startup: We uncloak THIS YEAR... but don't expect product

Primary Data, the stealthy storage virtualisation startup set up by Fusion-io's founders, has scored more cash and says it will come out of stealth later this year. After resigning from Fusion-io, CEO David Flynn and marketing head Rick White set up Primary Data and received $50m of B-round funding in October last year. There …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
Footing

Fusion-io posts another loss-making quarter but execs remain bullish

For flash fettlers Fusion-io's finances, it isn’t spring yet – but nor is it the bleak mid-winter. Revenues are starting to look as if they are on a solid footing with sequential growth and reduced losses. Fusion-io makes PCIe flash cards and has suffered wrenching senior management changes, including the departure of the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
Fusion-io 1.6TB ioScale card

Fusion-io fortifies flashy SAN box - but it lacks handy real-world features

The Shane Robison rescue squad has turned its attention to Fusion-io’s lagging flash SAN box, updating it so it can compete better with Pure Storage and Violin Memory's products. The ION Data Accelerator was announced in August last year as Fusion’s play in the networked external flash array space. It wasn't bad performance- …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
Fusion-io ioFX cards

Fusion-io buys NexGen

PCIe flash industry leader Fusion-io has bought a startup: hybrid flash/disk array vendor NexGen, paying $114m in cash and $5m in stock. NexGen, founded in 2010 by its CEO John Spiers and CTO Kelly Long, uses Fusion-io flash cards in its n5 arrays which are sold to small and medium enterprises. It has total funding, that we know …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
Fusion-io ioControl v3

Fusion-io flogs mutant array, souped-up software to small biz

Fusion-io has built a hybrid flash and disk drive array, targeted at SMEs, with souped-up software for putting hot data in flash. There's a server flash caching extension to this to bump up performance over the hybrid array competition. The ioControl 3.0 hybrid array uses acquired NexGen Storage tech – $119m in April – with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2013
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Fusion-io gobbles Brit Linux SCSI gurus ID7

Fusion-io flogs software to turn a server fitted with its PCIe flash cards into a shared storage appliance. It turns out that the software is based on UK developer ID7's code and Fusion-io has just bought the company. ID7 was set up in 2006 and produces SCST, an open-source Linux component used by many storage vendors. It is a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
Voodoo doll

Flash fettler Fusion-io on VDI: Veni, vidi ... not sure about the last bit

Server flash fettler Fusion-io is the latest supplier to try to crack the make-VDI-popular nut with its ioVDI software, which combines server-side flash with shared storage. The ioVDI software is typical, in one sense, of many VDI-accelerating products, using server-side flash caching to speed the system's responsiveness. Fusion …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
Shane Robison

Former Fusion-io CEO just wasn't that into operations, says new broom

Fusion-io CEO and co-founder David Flynn resigned because he realised he didn't have the operational management skills needed to grow Fusion-io into a global business. That, in a nutshell, is what we understand after talking to replacement CEO Shane Robison. First Robison, who is also Fusion-io's chairman and president, wanted …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2013

Fusion-io's founding CEO quits board

David Flynn, Fusion-io's founding and ousted CEO has flown the boardroom coop, as revealed in an SEC filing (PDF). Flynn follows cofounder and ex-CMO Rick White out the door. Flynn had been replaced as CEO by ex-HP executive Shane Robison in an effective boardroom coup. Robison has made some exec-level changes and canned some of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Fusion-io spins up ioTurbine, enhances server flash caching

Fusion-io has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine software to offload up to 96 per cent of mixed read/write requests from a SAN, by caching data in server flash caches. This version of ioTurbine can: Cache in the virtual machine (VM), the hypervisor or a physical server Dynamically re-allocate flash memory during a vMotion VM …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2013
Fusion-io ioSgale 3.2TB card

Fusion-io turns up wick on its product development cycle

Take note competitors; under new management Fusion-io is going to introduce major product developments every 12-14 months with mid-life kickers every 6-7 months. This is a bit like Intel's tick-tock cadence, with a Fusion tick being a basic product architecture change, and a tock being a mid-life kicker or refresh. In the …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2013
The Register breaking news

EMC hits flash leader Fusion-io where it hurts: Low-cost server cards

Storage, virtualisation, info and cloud giant EMC is set to widen its attack on server flash card leader Fusion-io by releasing a low-cost flash card for hyper-scale data centres. Server flash card cache coherency is also set to appear for Oracle RAC environments, according to Stifel Nicolas analyst Aaron Rakers, who was at EMC …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013

Fusion-io founders flee, ex-HP hotshot takes the wheel

Right out of the blue, flash memory-maker Fusion-io has lost its CEO co-founder David Flynn, as well as its chief marketing officer, co-founder Rick White. Board member Shane Robison has been named chairman, president and CEO. Messrs Flynn and White are resigning to pursue other entrepreneurial early-stage investing activities …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
Ken Grohe

Virident tempts EMC flash boss over, creeps up on Fusion-io

Server flash card upstart Virident has recruited Ken Grohe, EMC's flash business general manager, to run its worldwide customer operations, while it strengthens its position against flash supremos Fusion-io The recruitment is open for anyone to see on Grohe's LinkedIn page. Concurrent with Grohe's hire, Virident, which used to …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
Micron P420m

Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

Micron is touting a new server flash drive that's apparently significantly faster than Fusion-io's market-leading ioDrive 2. Micron is believed to be supplying its PCIe-format drives to EMC for the storage giant's XtremSF flash cards. (EMC's other supplier is Virident.) Micron's P420m flash drive comes in both PCIe and 2.5in …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2013
Fusion-io revenues to Q3 fy 2013

Not even Facebook, Apple's millions can halt Fusion-io's bleed

Storage firm Fusion-io reported ugly results for its third fiscal 2013 quarter, with revenues down - albeit higher than analysts had expected - and a thumping loss. Flash NAND customers Apple and Facebook made up a whopping 50 per cent of its revenue in the second quarter, but execs said the customers' buying patterns led to an …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013
ioDrive 2 Duo

How Fusion-io redlined its PCIe flash motor to hit 9.6 MEEELION IOPS

In its latest party trick, Fusion-io ramps up its ioDrive2 server card - a slab of 365GB MLC flash storage on a PCIe board - to gobble 9.6 million writes a second. The feat works by mapping the PCIe card's NAND capacity into an application's memory space and writing 64 bytes - quite likely the PCI backbone's cache line size - at …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013

Fusion-io opens trenchcoat, flashes cheap PCIe cards

PCIe card-flasher Fusion-io has been talking to financial analysts about killing off its "wasteful" research projects and building OEM momentum for its cost-reduced ioScale card. The message is that costs are about to go down and revenues will climb. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers noted that Fusion is working on a third …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Cisco, Fusion-io's blade lovechild in EMC flash face-off

Blocks and Files Will VCE ship Vblocks - its virtual machine battery farms - with Fusion-io flash cards inside instead of EMC's VFCache memory rival? In June Cisco entered into an OEM deal with Fusion-io whereby the networking hardware titan would incorporate Fusion's ioDrive2 PCIe flash cards into its UCS B-Series blade servers. The aim is to …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2012
Shane Robison

Flash angel Fusion-io flies too close to Facebook, Apple, plummets to Earth

Analysis Flash memory biz Fusion-io's latest results show ever-deepening losses, with management talking of OEM channel conflict to be sorted out. Can this once high-flying server flash supplier take off and fly again? When low-hanging fruit pickers come down to Earth they rarely fly so high again. Look at sTec, OCZ and Nexsan. Their …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2013
Facebook

Woz flash firm Fusion-io has a gift for Facebook open-sourcers

Fusion-io is open-sourcing its ioScale hardware design and plans to donate it to Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP). But anyone who uses the ioScale design kit will have to use Fusion-io's own-brand controller tech. At the Open Compute Summit running today and tomorrow in Santa Clara, Fusion-io co-founder and CEO David Flynn …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013
Fusion-io ioScale 3.2TB card

Fusion-io nosedives as Facebook, Apple finish scoffing flash and chips

Flash memory maker Fusion-io's revenue is forecast to decline by 30 per cent from last quarter to the next, ending its meteoric growth. Sales in the company's Q2 of fiscal 2013, which ended on 31 December, rose 43 per cent year on year to $120.6m, an 8 per cent rise on Q1 and a record for the company. Profits of this latest …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2013

Fusion-io straps on NetApp feedbag for cache feeding frenzy

NetApp and Fusion-io are working to link flash-accelerated servers with NetApp arrays and dynamically move data from the arrays to Fusion's ioMemory flash cards in the servers using NetApp's VST technology. Fusion has issued a statement about this, saying its own server caching software will be involved as well. VST is NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2012
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Fusion-io hires ex-TMS president

StorageSearch has revealed that Fusion-io has hired a 10-year TMS veteran as its senior director for product management. Woody Hutsell spent almost a decade at TMS, supplier of networked RamSan solid state storage arrays, rising to the position of president from EVP for sales and marketing. He left in March last year and joined …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011
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Fusion-io board gets ex-HP hotshot

Shane Robison, the ex-HP chief technology officer, has joined the board of server flash seller Fusion-io. Robison, age 58, parted company with HP at the beginning of November, shortly after Meg Whitman replaced Leo Apotheker as HP's CEO. He will serve on the Fusion-io board's Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2011

Fusion-io shoves OS aside, lets apps drill straight into flash

Fusion-io is wooing programmers with a software development kit loaded with interfaces so apps can directly access a flash cache as a memory tier. Fusion-io ioMemory OS subsystem technologies like Auto Commit Memory and Atomic Writes, which were used in the billion IOPS demo, are available through the SDK. Developers can use the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2012
Fusion-io ioFX cards

Fusion slips 1.6TB solid wedge into Hollywood scribblers' slots

Fusion-io has fattened up its ioFX card that plugs flash storage into a workstation's PCIe bus: performance, we're told, is up fourfold and capacity is up from 420GB to 1.6TB. The technology allows processors to access data at flash speeds, which is very much faster than disk transfer rates. Lower-capacity cards typically act as …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
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Fusion-io's flash drill threatens to burst Violin's pipes

Blocks and Files NoSQL database supplier Couchbase says it is tweaking its key-value storage server to hook into Fusion-io's PCIe flash ioMemory products - caching the hottest data in RAM and storing lukewarm info in flash. Couchbase will use the ioMemory SDK to bypass the host operating system's IO subsystems and buffers to drill straight into …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2012
Fusion-io ioSgale 3.2TB card

Fusion-io touts cheap-as-chips flash to Apple, Facebook and chums

Fusion-io is pushing the idea of all-flash servers for HPC and other large scale data centre applications that need a 100 or more commodity servers, and has made its 1,000+ server hyperscale flash card technology available for down market. These ioScale PCIe cards scale from 410GB, doubling through 825GB, 1.65TB on to 3.2TB and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013
Fusion-io

Fusion-io gives Cisco blade servers some flash

Upstart server maker Cisco Systems has tapped server flash-drive maker Fusion-io to be its OEM supplier for flash storage in its "California" Unified Computing System blade severs. With this deal, Fusion-io has wrapped up OEM deals with HP, Dell, and IBM, the top server makers in terms of shipments, as well as with Super Micro, …
Violin Memory PCIe cards

Violin Memory fires PCIe server card salvoes at rival Fusion-io

Flash storage array shipper Violin Memory is bringing out a Velocity line of PCIe server flash cards and strengthening its relationship with investor Toshiba, which owns NAND chip fabs. Violin Memory ships 3000 and 6000 models of its networked all-flash array technology. They can have PCIe connections but the array's primary …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2013
amd fusion: it's everywhere

Server flash-pusher Fusion-io is running out of steam

Fusion-io is something of a contradiction. If it's so hot why isn't it making bucketloads of cash? That's the question that comes to mind after hearing hot server flash product market Fusion-io reported a loss of almost $5m in its third fiscal 2012 quarter. Fusion revenues were a record $94.2m – 40 per cent more than a year ago …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2012

Fusion-io eyes software, vows it's not a flash in the pan

Fusion-io's server flash products are selling like hotcakes and quarterly revenues are rising like a high-speed elevator - 49 per cent growth over the year while annual revenues rose 82 per cent. Its revenues for its fourth 2012 quarter were $106.6m, up 13 per cent sequentially, and beating the Street's expectations, with a net …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2012
Broken CD with wrench

Fusion-io server strokers show off 2.6TB RAM extension

Fusion-io and Princeton University boffins have used a PCIe flash drive to virtually extend a server's main memory into the terabytes. Engineers at the storage company collaborated with the computer scientists to design the Extended Memory subsystem using Fusion's ioMemory hardware. Applications built with Fusion's software …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2012
For Sale sign detail

Fusion-io backers to get rich(er)

Fusion-io could capitalise on the flash flood to become a billion dollar company on its first day as a public company. It aims to sell shares on its IPO day for $13 to $15, and that would capitalise the company at up to $1.17bn, according to Bloomberg. With Fusion selling 10.8 million shares, it hopes to raise up to $212m, $62m …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2011