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OCZ Z-Drive hits retail, raises the bar for storage solutions

by Parm Mann on 16 September 2009, 17:04

Tags: OCZ Z-Drive, OCZ (NASDAQ:OCZ)

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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.

We've seen the drive in various guises before, but OCZ's final retail design is far more simplistic in terms of appearance.

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
Form Factor PCIe PCIe PCIe PCIe PCIe
Capacity 256GB 512GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
NAND Flash SLC SLC MLC MLC MLC
Cache 256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB
Performance Max Read 800MB/s 800+MB/s 770MB/s 870MB/s 870MB/s
Max Write 750MB/s 750+MB/s 640MB/s 760MB/s 780MB/s
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


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Hmmmm only $3,370 you say, ill take 4 (insert mega roll eyes).
Well the euromillions lottery jackpot is £85 million…. So when My numbers come up I might buy one ;)
another BS “RELEASE” by OCZ…annoying marketing as usual…. I bet if they don't get enough interest in this item that vector image will never turn into a photo as the product will never actually be manufactured…and when they will actually get the opportunity to go for it nobody will care as samsung will release something competitive at a fraction of the price :juggle:
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.

Maybe im reading this incorrectly, but is this suggesting that there are actually physical SSD devices which are plugged into a host card ? As in, this is just a raid card, which you can put your own SSD's into ?

Or are the SSD chips physically soldered onto the PCB ?
Sim0n
Maybe im reading this incorrectly, but is this suggesting that there are actually physical SSD devices which are plugged into a host card ? As in, this is just a raid card, which you can put your own SSD's into ?

Or are the SSD chips physically soldered onto the PCB ?

They are probably soldered or connectoed onto the PCB somehow, but yeah it is just effectively just a raid card and some ssds under a nice shroud probably.