Fusion-io and Sqrrl partner on big data acceleration


Fusion-io is teaming up with software provider Sqrrl to deliver breakthrough acceleration for secure big data workloads. Through the integration of Sqrrl Enterprise and Fusion ioMemory, database architects can simplify development and scale up an Accumulo big data system to accelerate performance with up to ten times more density while saving on costs.

Apache Accumulo is a NoSQL database used throughout the federal government and by various industries, such as healthcare, finance, and telecommunications. Sqrrl Enterprise extends the capabilities of Accumulo with additional management, security, and real-time analytical features. A conventional Accumulo-based system typically relies on costly Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) for performance. In addition to the physical limit to how much DRAM can be added to any system, servers built with very large DRAM configurations can quickly exceed most budgets. Unlike persistent NAND flash memory, DRAM does not retain data in the event of an unexpected power loss.

The flash system enables government agencies and other organizations to significantly reduce capital and operational costs associated with scaled-out DRAM and disk-based deployments.

Based on testing data, the ioMemory and Apache Accumulo system maintained an average of 48,000 transactions per second, compared to only 4,759 transactions per second in the DRAM and disk system. In addition, the ioMemory-based solution resulted in eight times lower latency compared to traditional architectures, delivering microsecond access times for random workloads.

Fusion-io already works with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and TekSouth, which is a privately owned systems integration and professional services company that services government sectors such as the US Air Force.