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Founded in 2003, NextIO, Inc. is the leader in next-generation I/O virtualization solutions for today's dynamic data center in a variety of industries including enterprise, telecommunications, digital media and financial services. With its innovative Adaptive Connect™ platform, NextIO offers the unique ability to virtualize I/O technology on any server, operating system, hypervisor and storage architecture. Leveraging PCI Express, NextIO offers true I/O virtualization for any end-point technology. Adaptive Connect delivers unprecedented rack-level scalability, with I/O and server resources that can be scaled independently for 50-70% savings in capital, power, and cooling. NextIO's any-to-any I/O connectivity boosts performance and reliability while streamlining IT deployment, simplifying administration and reducing costs. For more information visit

NextIO, Inc. ceased operations in August 2013

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editor's (earlier) comments:- January 2011 - NextIO's SSD rackmounts are a good example of a new strand in the SSD rackmount market within the "open" architecture segment - which uses arrays of COTS SSDs. In this case - for NextIO - the commercial off the shelf SSDs were PCIe SSDs.

For more about the different types of SSDs in the enterprise take a look at - an introduction to SSD silos.
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In June 2009 - NextIO announced it would demonstrate a 12 slot PCIe flash SSD system, designed in collaboration with Marvell later this month. Each slot would be capable of over 200,000 IOPs and offer 400GB capacity.

There are nearly as many companies making PCIe SSDs today - as there are making 2.5" SSDs. And it wouldn't surprise me to see the PCIe SSD oem count to become the larger of the two.

With the growing number of SSD controller and IP companies in the market it's getting easier to design SSDs.

An electronics college graduate could probably build a passable demonstration product as a summer project. But it's another matter entirely - how well such a college demo unit would work in a variety of applications and OS platforms. There's no shortcut to market experience. Users will have to judge how much it's worth becoming beta sites for the mass of new SSD companies flooding into the market.

NextIO is better funded than most students. The most recent $15 million funding round announced earlier this month took the total to over $55 million.

In September 2009 - NextIO named DaWane Wanek as vice president of world wide sales. Prior to joining NextIO, Wanek served as a member of the executive team at Dell, where he was a director of the Advanced Systems Group, a division responsible for technical sales.

In November 2009 - NextIO entered the mult-million IOPS rackmount SSD market via an oem agreement which leverages multiple 225GB / 450GB PCIe SLC SSDs made by Texas Memory Systems.

Available immediately, the 14 slot NextIO application acceleration appliance can be configured and reconfigured with any mix of servers and TMS SSD cards depending on system demands. Pricing for a basic configuration starts at $19,500, which includes implementation, training and onsite application or database tuning assistance.

Editor's comments:- in a little over 2 years the PCIe SSD market first captured the imagination of server architects worldwide and then moved off the page into the datacenter overtaking 2.5" SSDs in blueprints for future enterprise class servers.

This announcement is significant. You may ask why? Haven't all the elements in this product mix been available for some while? In some ways that's true:- rackmount PCIe connected SSDs have been shipping since August 2007 (Violin Memory) and very fast PCIe SSDs cards for adding into server slots since March 2008 (Fusion-io), and rackmount SSDs based on multiple PCIe cards since March 2009 (Dolphin). But to my knowledge Dolphin's solution is not available as an unbundled card.

The new thing about This announcement is it's the 1st time that an already market proven PCIe SSD card from one oem has also been offered in a supported (Dolphin style) rack product from another. That considerably reduces the risk for users - and provides an incremental upgrade path for users who aren't yet in a position to commit to multi-terabyte proprietary rackmount SSDs. For more discussion about open vs proprietary rackmount SSDs see - Market Trends in the Rackmount SSD Market

In April 2010 - NextIO announced availability of its vSTOR S100 - a 3U PCIe connected SSD with upto 7TB modular capacity and 1.7 million IOPS (4TB model). The best way to think about it is "Fusion-io in a box".

In November 2010 - NextIO announced record breaking 4.2 million IOPS in a 4U rackmount SSD with 10TB capacity stuffed with 16x SSD cards from Fusion-io.

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