Fusion-io Claims Cost Reduction Gain, Performance

Salt Lake City-based Fusion-io, the heavily backed developer of solid state disk drives, said Monday that the firm has scored a "dramatically improved" score in the industry TPC-H benchmarks. The firm said the benchmark--which are used by companies to determine the exact cost/performance of various database systems--ranked the firm at 28,772 query-per-hour performance metric (QphH) at $1.47 per database transaction, which the company said is almost half the typical cost of other systems using solid state disk. SSDs have typically been very expensive, and have usually resulted in very expensive systems in the TPC-H benchmarks. Fusion-io said the benchmarks were run using four of its 80GB ioDrives on a Dell PowerEdge T610 on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition x64, along with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition x64. Fusion-io grabbed an enormous, $47.5M in venture capital in April from a Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Dell Ventures, and Sumitomo Ventures for its SSD technology.