/// With Help From Fusion-io, Facebook’s Data Centers Are Going All Flash

January 16, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Fusion-io, the company that uses flash memory to turn garden-variety servers into super servers, announced a new product today, and it has some important implications for one of its marquee customers: Facebook. Facebook has been a Fusion-io customer for a long time, along with a handful of other companies, including Apple, that use its flash-based technology to speed up the individual machines in their data centers. Today Fusion announced that its latest product, Fusion ioScale, which has been available to existing customers like Facebook for a while, is now generally available to new customers as well. The implications for data centers aren’t trivial. I talked with CEO David Flynn about this last week and he summed it up to me simply: Data centers are going all flash. Hard drives are on their way out. Get used to it. Previously Fusion’s play has been in enhancing system memory — DRAM chips, which are fast but only hold on to as much data as a computer’s processor needs to get immediate work done — with flash memory chips, which can store data longer, even after the system they’re in has been powered down. The point has been to speed up the amount of work a processor can get done by eliminating those long pauses — long for a computer anyway, because they’re measured in nanoseconds — when a computer’s processor is sitting around doing nothing but waiting for the next batch of computing work.

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With Help From Fusion-io, Facebook’s Data Centers Are Going All Flash



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