Fusion-IO and Flash Accel

We've recently been helping a client with Flash Accel. This is a product from NetApp that uses flash in the host servers to accelerate storage I/O.

We've deployed it using Fusion-IO cards in the host servers to accelerate virtualised SQL server workloads, and we're seeing SSD-performance read IOPS with a FAS2240 as the back-end storage system.

Recently we've also integrated SnapManager for SQL into the solution, so that we can create application-consistent SQL database backups using instantaneous snapshots whilst still achieving fantastic performance with a modest storage array.