OCZ Technology Intros More Powerful Z-Drive R2: Speeds Up To 1.4GB/s

OCZ Technology Intros More Powerful Z-Drive R2: Speeds Up To 1.4GB/s

OCZ Technology's Z-Drive was obviously a pretty big hit for the company, and understandably so. It was one of the first major PCI-Express Solid State Drive options on the market, and it broke all sorts of speed records as well. Today, the California-based company announced that they would begin mass production of the Z-Drive R2 Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the second rendition of the original Z-Drive family.



The new R2 builds on the existing solution but provides greater performance and design flexibility due to the implementation of a series of optimized NAND modules. Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, explained the announcement: "Our 4th generation PCIe SSD, the Z-Drive R2, tackles the performance challenges facing enterprise IT professionals head-on. The Z-Drive R2 is a total solution that delivers exceptional performance over a wide of range of applications due to its superior sequential performance, making it a winner in both high IOP and high-throughput environments. In addition, it is the only bootable and field serviceable PCIe SSD option on the market today, and due to an innovative interchangeable module design, it enables low cost field upgradability and capacity increases giving storage architects unprecedented flexibility."

According to a company press release, the new R2 SSD "maximizes bandwidth by taking the SATA bottleneck out of the equation and utilizes the speed advantages of the PCI-Express interface," and unlike other solutions, this one is fully bootable and has eight PCI-E lanes along with support for an eight-way RAID 0 configuration. Due to the interchangeable modules used in the place of permanent, surface-mounted NAND, the whole drive is field-serviceable and field-upgradeable. Speeds can hit up to 1.4GB/s, and capacities will be available from 256GB to 2TB, but official pricing remains an unknown.


OCZ Technology Launches Next Generation Z-Drive PCI-Express Solid State Drive (SSD)
Delivers Superior Performance, Reliability and Greater Flexibility for Enterprise Application Storage

 
SAN JOSE, CA—April 6, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OTCBB: OCZT), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), announces the Company’s plan to enter mass production of the Z-Drive R2 Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the second rendition of the original Z-Drive family. The Z-Drive R2 builds on the existing solution but provides greater performance and design flexibility due to the implementation of a series of optimized NAND modules.

“Our 4th generation PCIe SSD, the Z-Drive R2, tackles the performance challenges facing enterprise IT professionals head-on” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. “The Z-Drive R2 is a total solution that delivers exceptional performance over a wide of range of applications due to its superior sequential performance, making it a winner in both high IOP and high-throughput environments. In addition, it is the only bootable and field serviceable PCIe SSD option on the market today, and due to an innovative interchangeable module design, it enables low cost field upgradability and capacity increases giving storage architects unprecedented flexibility.”

The innovative Z-Drive R2 SSD maximizes bandwidth by taking the SATA bottleneck out of the equation and utilizes the speed advantages of the PCI-Express interface. Unlike competing solutions, the Z-Drive family is bootable and with 8 PCI-E lanes and an eight-way[1] RAID 0 configuration, the R2 delivers performance ideal for enterprise applications that are limited by HDD technology. What also makes the R2 especially exceptional is the use of interchangeable modules in the place of permanent, surface-mounted NAND; this unique feature-set is designed to make the Z-Drive field-serviceable and field-upgradeable.
Addressing the emerging performance demands of storage area networks (SANs), workstations, and servers, the Z-Drive R2 creates new possibilities in enterprise data management. The R2 delivers extremely fast transfer rates up to 1.4 GB/s, while offering enhanced reliability and durability compared to mechanical hard drives.

Promoting greater productivity for a broad range of applications spanning across virtualization, caching, and high-end storage, the Z-Drive R2 can also provide cost savings when considering the total cost of ownership (TCO) versus complex and hard to maintain HDD infrastructures. With capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB, the R2 makes SSDs a viable alternative to large, power-consuming hard drive arrays. Furthermore, OCZ offers customization options for OEM clients that may require tailored hardware or firmware solutions for their business.
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These drives were expensive from what I remember, they had good performance but prices were like $1400 and up.

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It's a professional product. Products of this class tend to be very expensive since they undergo a whole lot more rigorous testing and quality control, being expected to operate at near peak performance in highly stressful/unoptimized conditions.

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Still not bootable.

They should add a SATA conncted that allows the drive to boot through sata and then once drivers are loaded and drive runs through PCI-E

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Well actually acarzt, it is bootable.  If you read through, you will see that it is the only bootable PCI-E solution on the market.

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There was alot of talk about these things being used in place of GPUs. Mostly for Rendering in workstations, which in effect would allow software rendering from an internal farm.

Imagine this card,with a GPU Chipset in front to utilize software rendering :)

That would be something revolutionary. This one seems just like the IPad! Lets release something because it is a neat idea, without actually providing what the customer wants, just so we can sell many products over the next ten years. Instead of making it right the first time :P

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this is a sick drive

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So what? Does it support TRIM or not? If it doesn't it'll be an expensive brick in a few months.

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More importantly. If I want an PCI-E SSD drive, I want it to be bootable so I can install an OS on that fast as hell drive and have a fast as hell system and break speed records.

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Reading > jou

The drive is bootable. Shesh people, actually read before you start posting.

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I'll take two of them pre-loaded with 2TB of storage each, thank you! Send the bill to Marco.

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