The Exadata V2 announcement contained a hint to a new product: The Aura card. The official name of this card is Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card. Finally this product found it's way to the Sun Website. The specs are really nice. The 96 GB variant delivers 100.000 read IOPS and 87.000 write IOPS at 4k. The card contains a super-cap to ensure that there is power to write down the caches to the flashes. 1092 MB/s read throughput, 494 MB/s for writes. In addition to this it offers SAS connectivity for 8 drives, thus you loose nothing when you use this card instead of a normal SAS controller. You just have additional flash disks.

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