SALT LAKE CITY – April 12, 2012 – Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that it is bringing the power of its ioMemory technology to visual effects professionals with the Fusion ioFX. Designed to eliminate data bottlenecks that slow the creative production process for digital artists, the Fusion ioFX enables creative professionals to meet deadlines while exploring more artistic possibilities by bridging the performance gap between workstations and today’s powerful digital content creation applications.
“Fusion’s ioMemory products have helped Pixomondo not only meet tight deadlines, but also explore new ideas and approaches that otherwise might never have been possible because of the time it would take to make changes and new effects,” said Ben Grossmann, Visual Effects Supervisor at Pixomondo and 2012 Academy Award® Winner for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. “Pixomondo used ioMemory during our work on ‘Hugo.’ It’s incredibly liberating to know you don’t have to wait anymore to see how an effect might look. As a new memory tier for accelerating our workstations, Fusion-io’s technology unlocked the potential of our tools and our creativity.”
Based on the Fusion ioMemory platform that leading enterprises around the world trust to accelerate their data centers, the 420 GB Fusion ioFX connects via the PCI Express bus to provide studios and artists with a new memory tier that bridges the gap between creative potential and hardware performance in the production pipeline. Thanks to the cut-through architecture of ioMemory, the Fusion ioFX provides low-latency data performance tuned to manipulate digital content on the fly. With the ioFX, professionals can now view changes in real-time, even when working with high resolution stereoscopic content. The ioFX is also designed to accelerate video playback and rendering, video and image editing and compositing, encoding and transcoding as well as other data-intensive activities required in contemporary digital production.
The Fusion ioSphere management system included with the ioFX allows studio IT managers to monitor and manage all Fusion ioMemory products deployed throughout the infrastructure from a single interface, including Fusion ioFX in workstations and Fusion ioDrives in servers. The ioSphere system delivers historical performance monitoring and reporting, live performance metrics, alerts and more to ensure production continues running smoothly.
“Whether working on shots in a large studio, boutique or as an independent artist, there has long been a performance gap that limits how well even the most cutting edge applications can perform in professional workstations,” said Vincent Brisebois, Fusion-io Performance Computing Industry Senior Director. “Not too long ago, performance like this would have been cost prohibitive for boutique studios or independent artists. With the ioFX, artists now have a powerful tool to unlock creative possibilities in their workstation, and industry leading software developers can finally deliver impressive new features that were not previously possible.”
The first solution in its class to significantly accelerate key content creation software can be deployed in minutes and delivers up to 1.5 GB/s bandwidth with sub-millisecond sustained access latency. In addition, the Fusion ioFX enables artists to interactively collaborate on high resolution, stereoscopic 2K and 4K content, which was previously impossible without a massive storage array. From footage capture in the field, to post-production of the finished film, the ioFX is architected for uninterrupted manipulation of digital content in real time.
ioFX Video Production Contest
To enable artists to tell the ioFX story in their own words, Fusion-io is launching a video production contest on May 31, 2012. Artists will be able to create their own 60-second short incorporating footage posted on the Fusion ioFX Facebook page. Fusion-io Chief Scientist Steve Wozniak and actor Danny Trejo will be among the contest judges, with prizes including a Red Scarlet camera, Adobe® Creative Suite® software, and Fusion ioFX. The contest finalists will be invited to SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles for the grand prize ceremony. Artists can learn more starting today at www.fusionio.com/ioFX.
Fusion ioFX at NAB 2012
As a special presentation from Fusion-io and Adobe, Steve Wozniak will present a joint keynote address with two time Academy Award® winner Rob Legato at the Post | Production World Conference on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 am local time. Highlights from the keynote will be available on http://www.fusionio.com/blog.
The Fusion ioFX will be demonstrated at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas April 16-20 at the Adobe booth #SL2624, ASSIMILATE booth #SL13710, NVIDIA booth # SL9215, Sony Creative Software demo area of Sony booth #C11011, The Foundry booth #SL9724 and Qube Cinema booth #7708, as well as industry whisper suites.
Pricing and Availability
The Fusion ioFX will be available from Fusion-io and select resellers in late Spring 2012 at a list price of $2,495 U.S., which includes a one-year support contract. To learn more about the Fusion ioFX, go to http://www.fusionio.com/platforms/iofx/.
Fusion-io has pioneered a next generation storage memory platform for shared data decentralization that significantly improves the processing capabilities within a datacenter by relocating process-critical, or "active", data from centralized storage to the server where it is being processed, a methodology referred to as data decentralization. Fusion’s integrated hardware and software solutions leverage non-volatile memory to significantly increase datacenter efficiency and offers enterprise grade performance, reliability, availability and manageability. Fusion’s data decentralization platform can transform legacy architectures into next generation datacenters and allows enterprises to consolidate or significantly reduce complex and expensive high performance storage, high performance networking and memory-rich servers. Fusion’s platform enables enterprises to increase the utilization, performance and efficiency of their datacenter resources and extract greater value from their information assets.
Note on Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but are not limited to, statements concerning the company’s ioMemory products, including Fusion ioFX and the Fusion ioSphere management system, and the anticipated benefits of these products. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risk that the users of the company’s products may not realize the anticipated benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.