Fusion-io : ioDRIVE versus ioXtreme versus Intel's X25-E
I was wondering if anyone has insight or comments about Fusion-io's ioDRIVE versus their ioXtreme drive. If you do, I would appreciate reading your thoughts on this.
The ioDRIVE is their enterprise product while the ioXtreme drive is being marketed to the consumer market. Both seem to be extremely impressive products.
My main question is whether or not an ioXtreme is suitable for web server use. The ioDRIVE is made for server use and is much more expensive, so is not only a bit less attractive because of the cost but also a bit out of my reach, financially, at this point.
So, what do you think about the ioXtreme being used in a web server? Any reason that this might be a bad idea?
Would Intel's X25-E be a better solution than the ioXtreme? The ioXtreme is PCIe based & the X25-E is a SATA drive.
In some configurations the form factor of the ioXtreme make it less than suitable. We have been utilizing the Intel X25-E drives for moving I/O intensive databases off spindles. The amount of iops alone is a huge sell and after 6 months or so of full use we have seen no slowdown from the load leveling. Watch out for the cheaper MLC drives as their performance will decrease significantly over the lifetime of the disk.
What is your intended use for these drives?
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Technically, FusionIO is obsolete. There are many reasons why FusionIO probably will go out of business:
1. PCI-Express form factor is not hot swappable unlike the 2.5 inch SSD drives in commodity servers.
2. 80GB MLC for $895? Why not get the 80GB Intel 34nm Gen2 MLC for $225?(delayed for a week or two, but will come any day now)
3. Their SLC stuff is priced out of the wazoos. For $7500 160GB FusionIO SLC card, why not RAID 24x Intel X25-Es?
4. Even if you want to go PCI-Express SSD route, there are better alternatives, such as OCZ Z-Drive, Micron, and one other PCI-Express vendor I forgot the name.
There are many other things I think of FusionIO that are negative:
1. They hired Steve Wozniak just to pump the product.(Just like they hired Jonathan Wendel to pump the MLC card) I love Woz, but Woz didn't do any engineering work designing the FusionIO product. Any company he joined all went away: (I remember he was pumping the mac laptop mod, and hotswap, a youtube clone for selling cars, then the remote thing back in the 90s) The point is that any company that think hiring Wozniak as a PR man will bring them good sales is a company that cannot stand up on its own with technical merit.
Of course, this is all my personal opinion. Get the X25-E and X25-M Gen2s when they come out and use ZFS Hybrid Storage Pool model is the proper way to use SSDs.