IBM Licenses Fusion-io’s ioMemory Tech for Advanced Solid State Drives

Fusion-io Licensees ioMemory to IBM

by Anton Shilov
12/10/2009 | 06:11 PM

IBM, a leading producer of enterprise computing solutions, has licensed ioMemory technology from Fusion-io, a startup dedicated to leading-edge flash-based storage for consumers and enterprises. The ioMemory technology will power IBM’s High IOPS PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs) designed exclusively for IBM System x servers.


“We are excited to collaborate with IBM and bring easily managed, server-deployed solid-state technology to more of the world’s system and database administrators. In addition to the data performance improvements and industry-leading reliability, IBM customers have the ability to significantly reduce capital equipment, floor space and power consumed by their data center operations, enabling innovation at all levels of the data center architecture," said David Flynn, CTO and president of Fusion-io.

ioMemory technology powers controllers of solid-state drives and provides additional performance and reliability. Licensing controller to IBM is a testament of Fusion-io’s technology leadership.

The new IBM High IOPS Adapter will help database, application and system administrators architect their data centers to meet performance goals that could not be realized with traditional, disk-based storage solutions. For example, by utilizing the server-deployed storage tier, known as Flash Memory Tier (FMT), data-heavy graphics and 3D renderings from medical research could be processed in minutes instead of hours.

The IBM High IOPS Adapter supports enterprise customers’ reliability needs by offering Fusion’s Flashback protection, which features chip-level redundancy. The Adapter also gives customers advanced error correction and many other features that make the solid-state solution one of the most dependable in the industry.

At press time specifications of the new IBM High IOPS Adapters were unavailable, just as pricing information.

"Working with Fusion-io, System x servers are delivering technology that optimizes these data-heavy workloads, allowing systems to not only handle the increases, but do so more efficiently," said Robert Galush, vice president, IBM systems and technology group.