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Utah company named 4th fastest growing company in U.S.


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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A Utah-based tech company was recently named the fourth-fastest growing company in America. Many people may not be familiar with Fusion-io, but they deliver the data faster on all most computers.

"It's solving a problem," said David Windley, chief human resources officer for Fusion-io.

In November, Deloitte included the Cottonwood Heights company in its 2013 Technology Fast 500™, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.

"Fusion-io makes flash memory solutions for data centers," Windley said.

Windley said that's important because consumers are constantly creating more demand for more data, at faster speeds, all of the time with smart phones, tablets, and other computers. Mobile devices especially are driving that growth in demand.

Windley said, Fusion-io creates solutions that enable us to access pictures, music, and email faster. Fusion-io sold its first flash memory drives five years ago, and the company already has annual revenues of nearly $360 million, more than 330 employees in Utah, and more than 900 worldwide.

"Fusion-io accelerates the applications you use on your phone, tablet, or computers," Windley said.

A computer user may access apps from Facebook, Apple and Pandora, which are all customers of Fusion-io. Fusion-io drives, or memory cards, plugged into servers at those companies' massive data centers enable consumers to get the data faster.

"What we do is accelerate an application's ability to grab data, bring it back to the application in nanoseconds," Windley said of the process.

That means people can access pictures more quickly on Facebook, and tunes faster on Pandora. Fusion-io doesn't make Facebook, but their drives make Facebook run faster.

Windley said the company doesn't manufacture the memory cards at their Cottonwood Heights office complex, but they modify them for the customers. They also test all of the memory cards before they send them out to the customers because they need to be able to guarantee the reliability of all of the data they access.

"Fusion-io has grown tremendously because Fusion provides a great solution at flash storage data centers," Windley said.

With all of that growth, and new storage solutions in the works, Fusion-io is currently hiring for more than 20 positions in Utah. Windley said they are high-paying, professional jobs in several areas of work, including computer engineering.

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