Fusion-io Maximizes Hybrid Storage Performance with ioControl SPX Flash Cache Solutions

First Hybrid Solution to Offer Server Caching Enables Small to Medium Enterprises to Accelerate Data-Intensive Workloads for High Performance Virtualization and Database Applications 4X More Than SSD Hybrid Storage

BARCELONA – Oct. 15, 2013 [VMworld 2013 Europe tradeshow booth S217] – Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced ioControl Server Performance Extension (SPX), a new suite of ioControl hybrid storage solutions that amplify Fusion ioMemory server flash performance with intelligent server caching. Fusion ioControl SPX is the first hybrid solution to offer server caching, which enhances the leading performance of ioControl hybrid storage even further. The new ioControl SPX solutions deliver shared storage performance for data-intensive application clusters such as VMware and Microsoft SQL Server, in an integrated, turnkey solution that enables small to medium enterprises to leverage the industry-leading Fusion-io performance trusted by business leaders around the world.

“With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, we needed a solution that could guarantee payments to be processed in less than a second to ensure customer experience and retail efficiency at the point of sale,” said Rick Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of BridgePay Network Solutions, which provides cloud payment gateway processing solutions in the United States and around the globe. “By intelligently caching databases locally in servers on Fusion-io flash memory, while maintaining the centralized management and simplified high availability of our shared storage, ioControl SPX delivers integrated performance that enables us to complete transactions in half the time. The Fusion-io support team worked very closely with our IT team in designing and implementing the solution step by step, allowing for a transparent transition to the new technology. In addition, the Fusion-io solution fit our budgetary needs while providing enhanced performance, reliability and storage space. Our customers are extremely satisfied with the speed and stability of the new system.”

As the only hybrid storage solution architected with Fusion ioMemory, Fusion ioControl 3.0 provides 3X more performance and 25 percent more capacity than SSD hybrid storage. With an infrastructure that leverages Fusion ioMemory flash in the server, Fusion ioTurbine software, and shared ioControl hybrid storage, the new SPX solution further accelerates performance by an additional 4X compared to SSD hybrid storage systems. To maximize the efficiency of flash resources for SMEs, ioControl SPX performs writes on shared Fusion ioMemory flash in ioControl. Read workloads are moved from ioControl to ioMemory flash in the server to complete application requests as rapidly as possible. Additional details on the benefits of ioControl solutions are documented in the white paper, “SSD to PCIe, the Evolution of Hybrid Caching.”

“By 2014, up to 60 percent of server workloads will be virtualized as high performance storage systems enable enterprises to virtualize even data-intensive workloads,” said Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst at 451 Research. “Fusion ioControl SPX is an end-to-end flash memory system for small to medium enterprises, which combines the benefits of shared, centralized hybrid storage, with the additional performance boost of server-side flash, delivered by a single vendor.”

Fusion ioControl SPX solutions accelerate and simplify high availability for VMware and Microsoft SQL Server clusters through a solution that also reduces storage sprawl to provide significant cost savings for SMEs. In VMware environments, Fusion ioControl SPX maximizes VM density for even the most data-intensive workloads by eliminating virtualization storage bottlenecks and minimizing latency delays that slow application performance. Compatible with VMware vMotion, Fusion ioControl SPX delivers memory-attached high availability (HA) in a solution that balances extreme performance with simplicity of integration. As a fully integrated Fusion Powered solution, Fusion ioControl SPX scales linearly to deliver maximum datacenter efficiency in virtualized environments. 

In database environments, faster database transactions enhance the value of IT by enabling companies to transform information into opportunity much more quickly. To boost performance while simplifying server clustering for leading databases like Microsoft SQL Server, ioControl SPX provides server-side caching with an active-active architecture that eliminates any single point of failure.  The integrated ioControl SPX solution avoids the cost and complexity of implementing third party software to achieve storage high availability (HA).

“Optimizing acceleration across both servers and shared storage maximizes the value of flash memory for small to medium enterprises,” said Jeff Treuhaft, Fusion-io Executive Vice President of Products. “Fusion ioControl SPX intelligently directs write operations to flash in persistent shared storage, while servicing repetitive read requests from server-side flash to respond as quickly as possible to application requests.  This integrated approach maximizes server and storage flash resources with an efficient solution for high-availability Microsoft and VMware clusters.”

Fusion ioControl Hybrid Storage Solutions are being showcased in stand S217 at VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona, Spain, from October 15-17 and at IP Expo 2013 in London in stand D56 from October 16-17. Fusion-io will also be hosting web seminars for SMEs interested in learning more about ioControl, with details and registration available online.

Fusion ioControl SPX is now available from Fusion-io resellers in North America and Europe. For more information, visit www.fusionio.com/iocontrol.

About Fusion-io

Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world’s social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.

Note on Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements concerning the potential benefits of the Fusion ioControl storage solutions and Fusion ioMemory solutions. 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 users of Fusion-io's products may not realize the expected 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.

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