has been looming in our "must-have" list for months. We actually saw one in the flesh
this past summer, and we heard in August that it would "soon" be shipping in sizes ranging from 128GB to 1TB. With Fusion-io firmly in the consumer business now, it's safe to say that OCZ is probably feeling the pressure with competition nearby. Now, the company is reporting that its high performance desktop replacement drive is now shipping, though Amazon still has it listed with a 1+ month wait. We're guessing the retailer just hasn't received the memo (or their first batch), but it looks like resellers should have stock soon to sell to those with enough cash.
The Colossus SSD is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB solutions to accommodate a broader spectrum of applications than current 2.5” SSD products; the 3.5” housing is a straight drop in for many existing rack systems. Pricing details aren't mentioned, but from what we've seen on Amazon, they won't be for the "average Joe." Not like you'd expect anything differently from a product with "SSD" in the model name though, huh?
OCZ Technology Launches Cutting-Edge High-Capacity Colossus 3.5” SSD Line with up to One Terabyte of Storage
Jose, Calif.—November 17, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives
(HDDs), today released the Colossus 3.5” Solid State Drive (SSD)
Series, designed to meet the performance and storage demands of
high-end desktop users and enterprise clients. Available in up to one
terabyte configurations, the Colossus Series marks a milestone in solid
state drive technology, making it possible to have both high
performance and high capacity in one solution.
“The new Colossus Series is designed to boost desktop and workstation
performance and is for high power users that put a premium on speed,
reliability and maximum storage capacity,” said Eugene Chang, VP of
Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “The Colossus
core-architecture is also available to enterprise clients with locked
BOMs (build of materials) and customized firmware to match their unique
In addition to ample capacity, the OCZ Colossus delivers
excellent performance made possible by an internal RAID 0 architecture.
Excelling at small file processes during common tasks such as emailing,
web browsing, and file transfer, Colossus allows for a state-of-the-art
computing experience from basic to complex applications:
For enterprise applications, Colossus SSDs not only
diminish performance bottlenecks suffered by mechanical hard drive
infrastructures, but reduce both heat and noise and provide a more
durable alternative. This translates into exceptional energy-savings
and reduced maintenance costs. Furthermore, the Colossus line is built
with cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) flash to make it a viable
option for enterprise clients hesitant to adopt competing products due
to the higher costs.
The Colossus SSD is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB solutions
to accommodate a broader spectrum of applications than current 2.5” SSD
products; the 3.5” housing is a straight drop in for many existing rack
systems. The Colossus SSD series has an excellent 1.5 million hour mean
time between failures (MTBF) and comes backed by a leading 3-year
warranty and dedicated technical support, ensuring peace of mind over
the long term. Additionally, OCZ offers unique customization options
for OEM clients that may require tailored hardware and firmware
solutions for their unique business.
For more information on the OCZ Colossus SSD Series, please visit our product page here.
About OCZ Technology
OCZ Technology Group, a member of JEDEC, designs, develops, and
manufactures ground-breaking, high performance memory and premium
computer components, including solid state drives and computer power
supplies. OCZ products are the first choice for enterprise and
consumers needing high-reliability, premium-grade solutions. OCZ’s
continually invests in R&D to continuously push the limits of
performance, speed, and value for consumers, system integrators, and
OEM clients. For more information visit our website at www.ocztechnology.com