Facebook’s Data Centers Move to Flash Memory
Fusion-io will soon be helping Facebook move over to flash-based technology to help speed up their data centers.
Fusion-io has been working with Facebook as a customer for sometime, but now they are helping the social network giant switch their storage infrastructure over to their Fusion ioScale, which will convert their datacenters from mechanical hard drives to enterprise-grade flash technologies. Flash is far less expensive to operate in the datacenter due to its lower power footprint and can sustain higher I/O concurrency to serve more transactions.
This recent change was announced at the 2013 Open Compute Summit held in Santa Clara California. David Flynn, who serves as the CEO and President of Fusion-io, discussed the changeover with his address titled, “The all-flash data center: Hyperscale acceleration”. Flynn says that they will be working with Facebook to design a new “disaggregated, rack-scale architecture” that uses silicon photonics technology.
A relative newcomer to the computer technology world, Fusion-io was started in 2006 and is based out of Cottonwood Heights, Utah. In just a few years they began attracting the attention of many major companies such as Apple, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard. Fusion-io also garnered much attention when they made Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) their scientist and developer in chief. In February 2009 Fusion-io was chose as the Red Herring Top 100 Global Company.