Fusion-io CEO David Flynn said EMC's announcement validates what his company has been doing for years .
"They're using SLC, which is like three times more expensive on a per-gigabyte basis," he said. "They're probably going to try to spin that as a good thing, but SLC is so 2008 compared to MLC, even in the enterprise space."
Flynn quipped that EMC is using SLC because they're depending on Micron and other component vendors, who don't have the expertise to make MLC NAND flash as reliable as Fusion-io. "If they're buying a component through Micron, they have to pay the markup on it, which will make it four to six times what it costs us to make," he said.
Sorenson shot back that Fusion-io is selling direct-attached storage, and so it needs the high capacity points; EMC is selling a caching product that's complementary to backend networked storage.
An EMC spokesperson said the company anticipates coming in at a "slightly lower price than Fusion-io," though she would not say how much the company will charge per card.
"We tip our hat to Fusion-io," Sorenson said. "They were first into the PCIe market. They've done a nice job, but the big boys are coming and they're coming with more well-thought-out solutions. I'm afraid some of the flash vendors will be relegated to a component that will commoditize over time."
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