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Fusion ioControl Outperforms Conventional Hybrid Flash Arrays

Fusion-io today announced that the Fusion ioControl hybrid flash array has outperformed other hybrid storage arrays by up to 7x in testing conducted by The Tolly Group . In its testing, The Tolly Group found that Fusion ioControl delivers leading performance and scalability for virtual machines and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), as well as application input/output requests.

"Conventional SSD hybrid storage arrays offer acceptable performance for small datasets, but they are ultimately limited by SSD architectures," said Kevin Tolly, founder of The Tolly Group. "From raw performance to VDI and virtual machine testing, the Fusion ioControl hybrid flash array delivered higher performance and scalability than the hybrid SSD array, showcasing that ioControl provides an excellent choice for companies evaluating hybrid flash solutions for their datacenter."

The Fusion ioControl hybrid flash array combines Fusion ioMemory enterprise flash with disk capacity to deliver leading performance that can be provisioned to meet a variety of different application requirements. Unlike other hybrid flash arrays, Fusion ioControl provides the ability to prioritize and control shared storage resources by assigning performance policies to each application independently. Featuring automated policies that define input/output operations, throughput and latency performance minimums for each application, the ioControl hybrid flash array is an ideal flash solution for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) adding flash to an IT infrastructure for the first time.

The Tolly Group tested ioControl performance for VDI, where boot storms caused by users logging on at the same time can overload storage resources. To accelerate VDI workloads, the Tolly testing found that Fusion ioControl provides greater read throughput than a SSD hybrid array. In virtual machine environments, ioControl provided higher virtual machine (VM) density with 60 percent lower latency than SSD hybrid arrays.

"In addition to maximizing the efficiency of flash for peak performance, ioControl also adds unique value for IT professionals through features that make it easy to automate performance across a variety of applications," said Chris McCall, Fusion-io Senior Director of ioControl Marketing.  "With ioControl, SMEs get the best of both flash performance and disk capacity in a solution that simplifies storage management."

Global financial services company Orangefield Columbus adopted the Fusion ioControl hybrid flash array to boost performance and capacity while reducing storage management headaches.  With ioControl, the Orangefield Columbus IT team decreased time spent on storage management from five hours per week to just one hour per month.

"Since we deployed Fusion ioControl, we have seen massive improvements in performance, capacity and efficiency," said Anthony Hill, Orangefield Columbus Director of Information Technology. "But the real beauty of the system is that we haven't had to touch it once we got it up and running, which was an easy process in itself. We just haven't had to worry about it at all. It's definitely exceeded our expectations."

Visit the Fusion-io website to access the complete Tolly Group report on Fusion ioControl. The Tolly Group will be hosting a free web seminar on its ioControl testing on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9 am PT / 12 noon ET. Register to attend online.

Fusion ioControl is available from Fusion-io resellers in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.fusionio.com/iocontrol .

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:50 PM by David Marshall
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