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Fusion ioControl Outperforms Conventional Hybrid Flash Arrays

Tolly Group Testing Finds ioControl Shared Hybrid Storage Based on Fusion ioMemory Delivers 7x More Performance Than SSD Hybrid Systems

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) 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.

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"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.

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 ioControl storage solutions and Fusion ioMemory solutions. 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.

Fusion-io, ioControl, ioMemory and the Fusion-io logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Fusion-io, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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