ION Computer Systems® SR-71 SpeedServer™ breaks 1 Million IOPS using less than 500 Watts of Power

ION Computer Systems demonstrated the I/O capabilities of the upgraded ION SR-71 SpeedServer
By: Paul Scheremeta
March 1, 2011 - PRLog -- ION Computer Systems today, in conjunction with Intel  and LSI , demonstrated the I/O capabilities of the upgraded ION SR-71 SpeedServer to a group of Intel Technology Provider Platinum Members at Intel’s Solutions Summit conference in Las Vegas. The award winning SR-71 SpeedServer™ incorporates second-generation LSI MegaRAID® 6Gb/s SAS RAID controller cards, (SAS 9265-8i) enabled with LSI MegaRAID FastPath™ SSD optimization software. The MegaRAID cards where connected to 24 Intel SSD (Solid State Drives) mounted in the SR-71 SSD optimized servers hot swap drive bays.
Both Intel and LSI ran IOmeter software in varying read and write configurations during the show, demonstrating the performance characteristics in many different write and read modes.

“The new LSI MegaRAID 6Gb/s SAS RAID controllers have enabled the ION SR-71 SpeedServer™ system to break the 1 million IOPS barrier, said Keith Josephson, Chief Technology Officer at ION Computer Systems, Inc. With these exciting new controllers the SR-71 SSD optimized server can sustain greater than 1 million IOPS while performing 1KB random reads with an average response time under 200 microseconds. The combination of very high IOPS with very low latency enabled by the MegaRAID controllers allow ION’s SR-71 application engine to deliver performance that simply cannot be achieved with any disk based solution while consuming less than 500 Watts of power.”

“Flash storage helps to address the performance gap that exists between CPU, memory and storage I/O, and the demonstration of 1 million random IOPS is a significant performance milestone for SSD-based server solutions," said Brent Blanchard, director of worldwide channel sales and marketing, LSI Corporation. "Achieving this level of performance with our new LSI MegaRAID® 6Gb/s SAS controllers incorporated into the ION SR-71 SpeedServer will enable new and compelling system and application acceleration usage models and offer end users dramatic power and TCO savings.”

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LSI, FastPath and MegaRAID are trademarks or registered trademarks for LSI Corporation.

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ION Computer Systems, an Intel® Technology Provider Platinum Member, is a builder of custom servers, storage solutions and workstations for data centers, embedded applications and high performance computing.
Since 1992, ION has developed solutions designed to help customers take advantage of the latest technologies and highest level of performance. Today those solutions include HPC clusters, storage area networks, disaster recovery and improved communications within diverse enterprises. For more information, go to

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