Still salivating over the ridiculously-fast Super Talent RAIDDrive we mentioned earlier today? Well, if you don't want to wait until October for Super Talent's drives to ship, OCZ reckons you don't have to and has today announced the availability of its own PCI-e based storage solution, the Z-Drive.
Don't let its aesthetics distract from what it actually is, though. Like competing solutions, what you're looking at is a collection of solid state drives configured in a RAID array and housed on a PCIe card that interfaces with a system via a PCIe x8 slot, negating the bandwidth restrictions of current and next-gen SATA.
OCZ's implementation is available in capacities ranging from 256GB to 1TB, with the top-end model delivering read and write speeds of 870MB/s and 780MB/s, respectively. On paper, that isn't as outrageous as the Super Talent RAIDDrive, but it's outrageous nonetheless.
Aiming for the enterprise market, Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ claims "traditional enterprise storage technology typically requires overly complex infrastructure as well costly maintenance, and is often unable to deliver the level of performance required by OEM applications."
"The new OCZ Z-Drive is an all-in-one high performance plug-and-play bootable PCIe solid state drive that addresses these challenges head on, and meets the demands of the complete range of enterprise storage and data access requirements. The Z-Drive is designed not only to be higher performing and more reliable than conventional solutions, but also to significantly reduce both the maintenance and overall TCO for our clients," he adds.
Thinking about picking one up? We've yet to come across any UK listings, but Amazon US currently has the Z-Drive priced at around $1,560 for a 256GB drive and $3,370 for the ranging-topping 1TB model. Here's the complete range of both MLC-based and SLC-based Z-Drive models:
|Z-Drive e84||Z-Drive p84|
|Interface||PCIe x8||PCIe x8||PCIe x8||PCIe x8||PCIe x8|
|Max IOPs (4k random)||16,000||16,000||10,000||10,000||10,000|
|MTBF||900,000 hrs||900,000 hrs||900,000 hrs||900,000 hrs||900,000 hrs|
|Dimensions (mm)||195 x 32 x 127||195 x 32 x 127||195 x 32 x 127||195 x 32 x 127||195 x 32 x 127|