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640GB Flash Hard Drive For a Paltry $19,000

Illustration for article titled 640GB Flash Hard Drive For a Paltry $19,000

Sure, it costs $30 a GB, but Fusion-io's new ioDrive flash card promises ridiculous 800MB/sec (Read) and 600MB/sec (Write) sustained data transfer rates. That would mean performance on par with DRAM, which would be about a thousand times faster than any existing disk drive. Basically, it's like packing an enterprise SAN into a PCI express card. However, if $19,000 is a little too rich for your blood, you could always settle for a 80GB, 160GB, or 320GB when the ioDrive is released in Q1 2008. 80GB for $2400? Now, that's value. [Fusion-io via about:blank]

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I have to agree that seeing the future staring at you like this is a rare event, and pretty darn exciting. Every single one of us would love to replace the hard drives in all of our computers with these devices, if only we could afford to do so. That said, the day is coming when we will be able to .. Within five years, I bet.