HP to add high-speed storage to servers

Partnership with Fusion-io announced

Hewlett-Packard is working with Fusion-io to adapt the start-up's high-performance, solid-state input/output storage technology to HP's enterprise servers to improve their data access performance and energy efficiency.

While the companies haven't announced a timeline, Fusion-io's ioMemory architecture is expected tobe in HP enterprise servers, including HP's BladeSystem c-Class system, whihc is shipping in 2009.

"Combining Fusion-io's ioMemory architecture with HP servers will allow customers to deploy high-performance storage solutions for their application needs while reducing requirements for datacentre space, power, and cooling." says Lee Johns, HP's director of marketing forStorageWorks Entry Storage and Storage Blades.

"With our ioMemory architecture, we're getting more than 200,000 IOPS within HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades today," says Don Basile, Fusion-io's chief executive officer. "So, working together with HP was the natural place to begin building upon our next generationtechnology."

Basile took over the CEO position of Fusion-io from co-founder Rick White in February. White is the company's chief marketing officer. Fusion-io closed a US$19 million (NZ$25 million) series A funding round lead by NEA New EnterpriseAssociates on March 31. Recently, the company doubled its staff to about 100 employees.

While the current economic slowdown is troublesome for most businesses, it is turning into a boon for Fusion-io. More than 50 Fortune 100 companies are in trials with the company's ioMemory and ioDrive products, which began shipping in April.

"IT spending in capital and operational costs is getting renewed focus," Basile says. "Companies are squeezing millions out of their budgets. This recession has been a great positive for us because large companies are speeding up their efforts to test and adopt our technology as a way of saving themselves money. They are pushing us and we're seeing a lot of innovative ways to solve a lot of high pain points they have."

Given the need for companies to save money and "go green" by driving down energy use, Fusion-io is on track to go public "in as short aperiod as possible — within 24 months," Basile says.

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