OCZ CES 2012: Z-Drive R5, Kilimanjaro and Everest 2
This year, it was actually pretty surprising how many announcements the company was rolling out, from new co-developed solutions with Marvell, to acquisitions and the second coming of their Indilinx Everest controller, dubbed Everest 2.
The OCZ Indilinx Everest 2 SSD controller is the second SATA-based platform controller to roll out of OCZ since the company made the acquisition in 2011. The SATA 3.0-based (6Gbps) Indilinx controller is "designed for I/O-intensive workloads in a wide range of applications, supporting sequential speeds of up to 550MB/s, and up to 105,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS with the newest 2xnm flash technology. The Everest 2 platform supports up to 2TB capacity in a compact 2.5-inch form factor."
Right: OCZ's Indilinx Everest 2-based SSD - Left: The mammoth Chiron 4TB SSD
The real question, beyond performance and capacity here is price. OCZ wasn't quoting numbers as of yet, but at 4TB you can bet it's going to be expensive. Also of note is the DRAM drive laying back casually in the background here, sporting 140K IOPS and crazy fast, almost instantaneous random access in the nanosecond range. It's of course supported by an NRVAM (non-volatile RAM) backup so it doesn't wind up forgetting data. This drive is for niche customer applications to be sure.
OCZ mSATA Kilimanjaro-based SSD and OCZ's Lightfoot Thunderbolt-based external SSD
OCZ Z-Drive R5 PCI Express SSD
Of course OCZ was demoing many of their solutions and we grabbed footage of all the action.
The OCZ enterprise showcase demonstration (seen in the video above) included an IBM System x3650 M3 highlighting the performance potential of the new Z-Drive R5 PCIe Gen 3 in a Linux server environment, as well as an HP ProLiant DL370 G6 server equipped with two Z-Drive R4 RM1616s delivering 1,400,000 IOPS per card with Windows Server 2008. The demo showcased the benefits of heavily virtualized workloads where dozens of operating systems and user sessions are driven simultaneously. Of course, versus the HDD-driven solution, the OCZ Z-Drive-powered setup offered a 5 - 6X performance and response time boost that affords new usage models and implementations just not possible on a standard HDD array. The caching and virtualization technology employed in the demo was developed by SANRAD, a just-announced OCZ acquistion. It's clear OCZ is big time serious about big iron platforms and the enterprise.
Opposites ends of the spectrum:
Z-Drive R4 RM1616 X16 PCIe SSD and LG Z-330 Ultrabook w/ mSATA SSD
Finally, OCZ was demoing two platforms as complete opposite ends of the spectrum but both blindingly fast. On the left above are a pair of OCZ Z-Drive R4 RM1616 X16 PCI Express cards running in aggregation. Together, the cards offer up to 2M (yes million) IOPS of throughput, though the workstation they had them running in (Intel Core i7-3960X-based) could only push 1.4M. Sheesh, pick up the pace Intel, will ya?
And of course, if you stayed around for end of the video demo above, you would have seen the LG Z-330 boot Windows 7 in about 6 seconds by our calculations (yeah, go watch it again, it's just too fun for geeks). The drive in that machine is an OCZ Indilinx Everest-Driven mSATA solution and OCZ was proud to show off their new design win, as well as its killer performance, of course.
That about wraps up our tour of OCZ's technology showcase. More from CES 2012 in the days ahead. Stick around.