Fusion-io to Accelerate Cisco UCS Blade Server Performance

Industry Leader to Architect Fusion-io Products into Innovative Cisco Unified Computing System Blade Servers to Cut Latency and Boost Application Performance

Jun 11, 2012, 18:34 ET from Fusion-io

SALT LAKE CITY, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that it has entered into an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) relationship with Cisco. Through the new relationship, Fusion ioMemory will be architected into the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Server to amplify in-server performance in all UCS B-series blade servers.

"The next wave of enterprise IT will be driven by productivity. In addition to demanding lower IT costs, customers also require elevated performance and flexibility. Cisco UCS is meeting these customer requirements through an innovative approach to computing systems," said Paul Perez, Chief Technology Officer, Data Center Group at Cisco. "We are developing the next generation of fabric computing and customers recognize Fusion-io as a market leader in flash technology for the enterprise. With its strong track record of reliability and unique cut-through architecture, Fusion ioMemory will amplify the power of Cisco UCS blade servers to provide scalable application acceleration for Cisco customers."

The Cisco Unified Computing System is a next-generation data center solution that unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility. With ultra low latency ioMemory architected into UCS blade servers, storage performance can be decoupled from capacity through the integration of a powerful new memory tier uniquely designed to accelerate applications.

"Enterprises trust Cisco to provide extremely reliable, innovative solutions that meet their current computing needs while anticipating future growth," said David Flynn, Fusion-io CEO and Chairman. "Cisco's outstanding engineering team will not accept any performance compromises for its blade server customers. Whether information technology professionals need to support enterprise applications or virtualization, we're proud to help Cisco deliver on customer expectations of nothing but exceptional technology."

The initial Fusion ioMemory products for Cisco UCS B-series blade servers will be based on the Fusion ioMemory2 platform and are expected to ship later this year. Channel partners interested in learning more about ioMemory for UCS B-series blade servers can sign up for webinars hosted by Fusion-io at http://www.fusionio.com/ciscowebinar/.

To learn more about Fusion-io, visit www.fusionio.com. Follow Fusion-io on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fusionio or www.twitter.com/fusionioUK and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fusionio.

About Fusion-io Fusion-io has pioneered a next generation storage memory platform for shared data decentralization that significantly improves the processing capabilities within a datacenter by relocating process-critical, or "active", data from centralized storage to the server where it is being processed, a methodology referred to as data decentralization. Fusion's integrated hardware and software solutions leverage non-volatile memory to significantly increase datacenter efficiency and offers enterprise grade performance, reliability, availability and manageability. Fusion's data decentralization platform can transform legacy architectures into next generation datacenters and allows enterprises to consolidate or significantly reduce complex and expensive high performance storage, high performance networking and memory-rich servers. Fusion's platform enables enterprises to increase the utilization, performance and efficiency of their datacenter resources and extract greater value from their information assets.

Note on Forward-looking Statements Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but are not limited to, statements concerning the company's new relationship with Cisco, the integration of the Fusion ioMemory products with Cisco's UCS solutions and the anticipated benefits of the Fusion ioMemory products for Cisco's UCS blade servers and other end-user solutions. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risks that the end users may not realize the anticipated benefits of our products and integration of our products with Cisco's solutions and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.fusionio.com. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.

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