Fusion-io Scales ioTurbine Caching for Large Enterprise Deployments

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Enhanced Scalability Offloads Billions of Shared Storage Operations to Server Flash Memory for Improved Application Performance and Optimized IT Infrastructure

SALT LAKE CITY – Dec. 17, 2013 – Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced the release of an ioTurbine caching software update that enhances performance and manageability for large-scale enterprise environments. With Fusion ioTurbine caching and ioMemory solutions, enterprises can add flash memory performance to their environment ahead of shared storage refresh cycles. Fusion-io also unveiled a new Fast Flash program to help IT professionals evaluate the performance and business benefits of introducing caching to their data center systems.  

“Caching technology is a powerful tool for large-scale enterprises looking to add the value of flash performance without forklift SAN replacements,” said Lee Caswell, Fusion-io vice president, Virtualization Products Group. "With new one-click application caching and streamlined centralized management, ioTurbine intelligently directs application performance to server-side flash, while preserving the data protection and capacity benefits of shared storage.  Powerful new caching algorithms redirect billions of operations from SANs to servers to make enterprise data centers more efficient.”

Server and storage systems have long relied on caching to speed local performance. The practice of caching across the data center is rapidly growing since server flash is 1,000 times less expensive than disk drives when examined in a cost per operation analysis. The cost reductions and performance benefits accumulate quickly for customers at scale. A leading Fusion-io healthcare customer reported that caching with ioTurbine enabled it to offload 1.6 billion operations from its SAN in a recent 30-day period.

“Caching can drive improved I/O efficiency and cost savings by ensuring that servers and storage each focus on their core respective competencies of performance and capacity,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. “These latest updates from Fusion-io add significant breakthroughs for caching at scale to ioTurbine’s real-world-tested solution, and extend its ability to not only deliver improved application performance but also work within constrained IT budgets.” 

When caching is used to support hundreds or thousands of VMs, data management becomes a critical consideration. Fusion ioTurbine offers common management across physical and virtual servers to simplify deployment at scale. The new ioTurbine software is also optimized for integration with central management reporting solutions such as VMware vCenter and is tolerant of widely distributed environments typical of regional or branch offices.

"Server caching helps enterprises accelerate the value of their IT infrastructure with a solution that maximizes the potential of both servers and shared storage," said David Gleeson, sales manager at Fusion-io reseller Triforce Australia. "With software-optimized intelligence, Fusion ioTurbine uniquely delivers the benefits of flash caching even as workloads scale to support hundreds of virtual machines per server."

Fusion-io is also introducing the ioTurbine Fast Flash program, which offers non-intrusive assessments of specific customer workloads, return on investment analysis, hands-on integration support, and volume pricing for companies adding caching in multiple servers. Launching today and continuing until the end of the VMware Partner Exchange conference in February 2014, the Fast Flash program provides an ideal way to integrate caching solutions while learning from industry-leading flash memory and caching experts.

Fusion ioTurbine software is available today and is licensed by physical or virtual server for use with ioMemory products sold by Fusion-io or its reseller partners.  ioTurbine software can also be purchased as an ioCache flash memory bundle which includes a software license and ioMemory device. The Fusion-io Profiler tool is available as a free download. A Fast Flash program analysis can be requested at http://get.fusionio.com/fastflash. Contact Fusion-io today to discuss questions or schedule a free analysis tailored to unique enterprise needs.

About Fusion-io

Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world’s social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.

Note on Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements concerning the potential benefits of the Fusion ioTurbine software. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risk that users of Fusion-io's products may not realize the expected benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.

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