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Fusion-io ioDrive 2 1.2TB Reference Page

Discussion in 'Hard Drives and Solid State Drives' started by Patrick, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. i386

    i386 Well-Known Member

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    You can't boot from the iodrive2.
    Performance wise the optane 900p outperforms the iodrive in all (synthetic & "real life" )benchmarks.

    The 800k iops was for the iodrive2 duo (two normal iodrive2 on one pcb).
     
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  2. acquacow

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    Well, with UEFI, you can boot from the ioDrive2, but we never fully supported the feature.

    It does exist though and does work.

    At the initial $/GB, it made NO sense to waste that storage on boot storage though... way cheaper to boot from a sata SSD, then put your datasets on FIO.
     
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    Will test it this weekend and report on the results :D

    If it works with UEFI shouldn't it work with bios too?
     
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    You have to flash the firmware with special flags to enable uefi support. I forget what they are right now. And no, it won't work with normal bios because it requires a driver to make it look like a block device. That's the magic of uefi, you can load a low level driver into the bios before the OS boots.

    I think you'll need an HP/dell/supermicro motherboard to get it to work.

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  5. marcus556

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    Thanks, I think I may end up getting the 900p for my ESXi.

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    is that special firmware publicly available, or is it just something that was internally developed and never made public?
     
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    @BLinux
    It's in the normal firmware file (it's a normal zip file, you can open it in 7zip and look at it's content). The magic file to make the iodrive(s) bootable is probably "uefi-3.2.11.1581.rom".
     
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    Yeah, it's in the firmware file, when you flash it, there's a flag like --enable-uefi or something, but it's not documented. Gotta run strings on it and see what uefi flags exist.
     
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    "Error: Firmware does not support UEFI." :(
     
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    Probably have to copy in some of the manifest info from the 3TB ioScale definitions...

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