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Fusion IO offers developers direct access to NAND flash storage

When abstracted SSDs are just not fast enough
Wed Apr 18 2012, 23:30

STORAGE VENDOR Fusion IO has released a software development kit (SDK) that provides developers with direct access to its Iomemory tier.

Fusion IO, which is best known for its PCI Express solid state disk (SSD) drive, has announced its Iomemory add-in board to offer enterprises, engineering firms and scientific organisations another tier in the storage hierarchy. Now the firm has released an SDK that will allow developers direct access to NAND flash storage.

According to Fusion IO, it is giving developers direct access to NAND flash data storage rather than treating it simply as a black-box device. Fusion IO's SDK will interact with the firm's Iomemory operating system, meaning there is some vendor lock-in.

Fusion IO said its SDK will provide a DirectFS API that bypasses kernel block I/O layers, the last data access abstraction before hitting the storage hardware. The firm said its DirectFS API will be implemented in an application to show developers the potential benefits of direct NAND flash data storage access.

Fusion IO chairman and CEO David Flynn said, "The Fusion IO SDK and APIs reduce application complexity, speeding up development, reducing time to market and engineering requirements. When you get rid of that complexity, the resulting application is much more reliable and can leverage the full potential of Iomemory to run much faster."

Fusion IO said early access to some of its DirectFS Iomemory libraries and APIs is available through its Developer Programme. µ


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