Looking to give storage administrators more control over what data winds up residing in Flash memory, Fusion-io at the VMworld Europe 2013 conference this week unveiled Fusion ioControl SPX. The new offering lets storage administrators cache data in server memory along with updates to software, allowing them to manage where data resides across both Flash storage from Fusion-io and magnetic storage systems.
Fusion ioControl Senior Director of Marketing Chris McCall discusses Fusion shared storage solutions in this video interview.
Fusion-io explains that ioControl SPX provides server-side caching with an active-active architecture that eliminates any single point of failure, thus supposedly boosting performance while simplifying server clustering for leading databases.
Fusion-io, a flash storage specialist headquartered Salt Lake City, Utah, has earned a big vote of confidence from virtualization heavyweight VMware. The company announced during VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona that its ION Data Accelerator software (v.1.3.0) and ioControl 2.0 Hybrid Storage products "have achieved VMware's highest level of endorsement," namely VMware Ready status.
The Server Performance Extension (SPX) bundles provide flash from host to storage for ioControl iSCSI arrays. Fusion-io also released ioControl 3.0, an updated version of the software that enables storage quality of service (QoS) on the arrays.
Fusion ioControl technology allows companies to transform x86 server platforms into systems that boast the same kind of performance as an all-flash storage array.
Flash storage specialist Fusion-io is launching its ioControl hybrid storage arrays in Europe as it expands the portfolio, offering ioControl arrays with server-side flash cards to optimize storage performance from both ends of the network.
Fusion-io announced enhancements to its ioControl hybrid storage system (formerly NexGen) that provides Quality of Service policy management at the storage volume level. The enhancements and new offerings indicate a new level of corporate maturity at Fusion-io, indicating that it is capable of acquiring products (ioTurbine and NexGen) and delivering them as integrated Fusion products.
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. However, Fusion may have an edge.
It's called ioControl, an intelligent hybrid storage solution that allows IT professionals to use both kinds of storage mediums with software optimized to maximize efficiency according to application requirements. Using ioControl, IT professionals can provision, prioritize, and control their shared storage resources.