Angelbird's Wings And Crest SSD Storage Solutions Start Shipping

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PCIe-based solid state drives. Just the mere mention of that phrase is almost enough to make us drool, and while the options are still few and far between, more and more companies are finally coming around and realizing that there's a prosumer demand for these things. Angelbird is an Austrian-based company that is joining OCZ, Fusion-io and the smattering of other high-end flash storage solution companies, and the new "Wings" PCIe SSD card is a rather impressive beast on paper, not to mention the Crest SSDs.

Wings is a PCIe x4 card equally at home in a Windows or Mac OS X environment. Although not officially supported, Wings also works out of the box with Linux and FreeBSD. It can boot and group RAID arrays of SATA2 drives with I/O rates in the range of 3GB/s or more when using multiple cards, the only limit being the motherboard's available slots. RAID arrays can be spread across multiple Wings cards, hosting up to four drives each, that can be linked to obtain outstanding performance with the added bonus of having the possibility to distribute such performance over an increasable storage space by adding more drives. Each Wings card can host the Angelbird's own Crest SSD Expansion Cartridges, or just any commercial 2.5" SSD or HDD.

As for Crest? Those cartridges and SSD units are equipped with SF-1222 SSD Processors from SandForce, which will ship in capacities of 60GB, 115GB, and 240GB. Starting with Wings Lite at $249 for a basic four slot PCIe card, higher end models include a handy extra onboard 16GB or 32GB drive that can be used for graphical boot loaders to manage multiple operating systems, or to store an entire operating system image separately from the data volumes. They're shipping worldwide, if you've got the cash.
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jonation replied on Tue, Sep 13 2011 1:58 AM

thats fancy!

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Sep 13 2011 2:32 AM

Man, that does look pretty sweet.

I think there's going to be an intense competition between OCZ, ioFusion and our new competitor AngelBird between who's going to control the lucrative enterprise market. I mean what else are these cards made for, the average consumer?


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Love it, that card looks like a beast. I think it is pretty innovative that it can host either their modules or commercially available 2.5 inch devices.

Is this the future? are we going to be putting several drives on a card and having that central point of failure for accessibility? I know in an enterprise environment they will have multiple cards for redundancy.

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