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Drobo made a couple of announcements today, the first one being that it plans to deploy OCZ's Talos Series SAS solid state drives (SSDs) in its business-class storage systems. Specifically, OCZ's Talos drives will be integrated into Drobo's B1200i iSCSI SAN solutions aimed at small-and-medium businesses (SMBs). "Drobo is a leader in data storage products for both professionals and businesses and we are thrilled that they have qualified and selected our enterprise-class Talos SAS SSDs for their business oriented solutions," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "This collaboration is a perfect example of how our SSD technology can act within a complete solution to deliver superior application-optimized... Read more...
Few companies are as active in the solid state drive (SSD) space as OCZ, and so it makes perfect sense that it will use the upcoming CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany to showcase client and enterprise SSDs, including its soon-to-be-released Vertex 4 SSD Series. That means waiting a few more days for the full scoop, but in the meantime, we can tell you that Vertex 4 will sport a SATA 6Gbps interface built around the Indilinx Everest 2 platform. OCZ says you can expect "industry-leading performance and superior data management for all file types and sizes" with Vertex 4. OCZ, if you recall, acquired Indilinx in 2011 for the bargain-basement price of $32 million, giving the company its own SSD... Read more...
OCZ announced the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe flash storage solution. The new Z-Drive R4 CloudServ delivers up to 1.4 million IOPS. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD uses OCZ’s integrated Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 and OCZ’s SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ can be used as a high-performing host-based flash cache to dynamically allocate flash resources to accelerate all virtual machines. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD will be available in models ranging from 300GB-16TB capacities in the coming weeks. OCZ Launches Z-Drive R4 CloudServ™ 16TB Solid State Storage System Newest Product in the Z-Drive R4 Series Sets a New... Read more...
Don't underestimate the power of finely tuned firmware. Underscoring this point is the release of new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13) for OCZ's Octane SATA 3.0 Series solid state drives (SSDs). With the new firmware applied, OCZ promises significant improvements to write performance, over double in some capacities. For all Octane SATA 6Gb/s models, the improved IOPS made possible by this new firmware allow for greater transactional performance, especially during small file and random access speeds in everyday computing applications," OCZ said. "When compared to the previous revision, random write IOPS performance doubles across nearly all capacities when tested in Iometer 2008." OCZ reports random... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss highlights from CES 2012 in Las Vegas, including OCZ's new blistering fast PCI Express and SATA SSD technologies, Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga, Intel Medfield Smartphones, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T, Samsung's Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, and AMD's Trinity APU. We also cover some recent HotHardware articles featuring a Toshiba Ultrabook and Intel’s Core i7-3820, and talk about our current contest in which someone could win great PC gaming gear from Gigabyte... Show Notes: 01:36 - Storage Vision, OCZ's Suite at the Aria - ZDrive R5, Everest 2 etc.           ... Read more...
Prior to the start of this year's CES 2012 show, a number of OEMs were showcasing their latest products at various hotel venues throughout the bustling city of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Of course OCZ Technology was first on our list of suites to visit, in an effort to satiate our need for blinding storage speed -- and as usual, Team OCZ did not disappoint. 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.... Read more...
Prior to the start of this year's CES 2012 show, a number of OEMs were showcasing their latest products at various hotel venues throughout the bustling city of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Of course OCZ Technology was first on our list of suites to visit, in an effort to satiate our need for blinding storage speed -- and as usual, Team OCZ did not disappoint. 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... Read more...
The “Kilimanjaro” native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, co-developed by OCZ Technology and Marvell, underpins a new PCIe-based storage solution called the Z-Drive R5, an upgrade to OCZ's Z-Drive R4. Kilimanjaro is designed to enable improved scalable performance and redundancy as well as lowered costs for data centers while obviating any other controllers, and the Z-Drive R5 is its foil. The Z-Drive R5 features high bandwidth capabilities, capacities of up to 12TB, OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture 3.0 software, and broad compatibility with other systems and servers. Available in MLC, eMLC, and SLC NAND flash options, the Z-Drive 45 comes in full- and half-height sizes... Read more...
Another day, another new SSD. OCZ has just launched the Indilinx Everest-based Petrol SSD Series, which is said to enable further adoption of SSDs in cost-sensitive applications, while taking advantage of real world performance and complete feature set of the Indilinx Everest platform. "Until today, SSD adoption has been limited to high performance applications due to the high cost of SSDs in relation to slower rotating discs, and we are proud to once again close the gap in pricing without sacrificing durability," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The new Petrol Series showcases the flexibility of the Indilinx Everest platform and NDurance™ Technology, allowing OCZ to deliver... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, OCZ's Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet and how not to get burned, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core Limited Edition graphics card, and details of the HotHardware Gear-Up Giveaway with MSI and NVIDIA give away... Show Notes: 00:41 - Iyaz cries. 01:30 - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Tegra 3 Unleashed 07:53 - OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review  11:17 - Amazon Kindle Fire: Insight and How Not To Get Burned 17:15 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU Review 20:25 - MSI and... Read more...
OCZ announced the Talos 2 Serial Attached SCSI SSD Series. As the follow-up to the Talos Series which was available in a 3.5 inch form factor, the Talos 2 features a 2.5-inch form factor and offers capacities ranging from 100GB to 1TB in MLC, eMLC, and SLC NAND configurations. The Talos 2 also offers increased I/O performance and scalability. Talos 2 SSDs can deliver random transactional performance at up to 70,000 4K IOPS and features improved mixed workload (75% read; 25% write) performance with up to 42,000 8K IOPS. OCZ Technology Launches Talos 2 Enterprise SAS 6G Solid State Drive Series Second Generation Dual-Ported SAS 6G Optimizes Performance and Increases Capacity to 1TB for 2.5 inch... Read more...
In March of this year, OCZ announced that they had plans to acquire Indilinx. A few months have passed since the acquisition, but today the combined forces of OCZ and their recently assimilated team members from Indilinx are ready to officially unveil the OCZ Octane series of solid state drives, which are based on the new Indilinx Everest platform. Everest builds upon the previous gen Indilinx Barefoot controller, but offers a SATA 6.0Gbps interface and support for the latest NAND flash technologies, among other things. We’ve had an OCZ Octane 512GB SSD in the lab for a few days now and have run it through a series a tests, comparing it to a handful of other popular drives throughout. Check... Read more...
OCZ had been a strong partner of Indilinx, dating all the way back dating back to the original Vertex series of SSDs, which featured the Indilinx Barefoot controller. Due to stiff competition from Intel and SandForce, on both the price and performance fronts back then, Indilinx-based SSDs ultimately fell out of favor with enthusiasts. And when the company failed to launch a next-gen SATA 6.0Gbps capable controller on time it all but fell off the map. There were rumblings of an upcoming controller that would compete favorably with newer offerings, but nothing ever materialized. Then, in March of this year, OCZ announced that they had plans to acquire Indilinx. A few months have passed since... Read more...
OCZ unveiled the Silencer Mk III Power Supply Series from PC Power & Cooling. This series is the first modular PC Power PSU. This series combines a highly efficient core with Japanese 105°C capacitors, a 120mm variable RPM fan, and the flexibility of modular cabling. Combining a powerful single +12V rail and premium components, the Mk III features continuous output at 50°C ambient temperature and heavy-duty protection circuitries.  Other key features include well regulated electrical noise and ripple and 80 Plus Bronze-level efficiency up to 85% at typical loads. The Silencer Mk III Series will be available in 400W, 500W, and 600W models, and comes with a 5-year warranty.... Read more...
More IOPS please! OCZ announced a pair of new PCI Express SSDs to augment its line of RevoDrive 3 products, and the two new SSDs offer more IOPS than their predecessors in the family. The RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS (245,000 IOPS, available in capacities of 240GB-960GB) offers a step up from the 230,000 IOPS offered by the RevoDrive 3 X2, while the RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS (245,000 IOPS, available in capacities of 120GB-480GB) is a huge leap from the RevoDrive 3. The workstation-class SSDs feature OCZ’s Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 and 1.9Gbps/1.725Gbps read/write speeds. OCZ Technology Introduces the RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS Edition Award-Winning PCI Express Solid State Drive Now... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Iyaz, Marco and Dave discuss Apple's new iPhone 4S, OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express HD/SSD, the Asus Zenbook UX21 Ultrabook, our huge round-up of Z68 motherboards, and details of our next sweepstakes where one lucky reader could win a Core i7-based, high fidelity multimedia PC… Show Notes: 01:05 - Apple iPhone 4S: What's In It For You vs iPhone 4? 09:23 - OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express SSD Review 13:05 - Asus Zenbook UX21E Hands-On Video Demo 18:42 - Z68 Roundup: ASUS, EVGA, ASRock, GB, MSI, ZOTAC 21:23 - Contest System Details Revealed... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have taken a look at a couple of OCZ-built products that leverage the company’s SuperScale Storage Accelerator with VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) 2.0. The first product to arrive was the RevoDrive 3 X2, which is a high-end, PCI Express SSD targeted at ultra-enthusiasts and workstation customers. Then came the extreme OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, which caters to the enterprise. The latest OCZ product to hit the lab, the RevoDrive Hybrid also shares these traits, but its flash memory is paired to a 1TB traditional hard drive. With the RevoDrive Hybrid, the device’s flash memory is meant to be used as cache for the most frequently accessed data on... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have taken a look at a couple of OCZ-built products that leverage the company’s SuperScale Storage Accelerator with VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) 2.0. The first product to arrive was the RevoDrive 3 X2, which is a high-end, PCI Express SSD targeted at ultra-enthusiasts and workstation customers. Then came the extreme OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, which caters to the enterprise. If you’d like to learn more about the technology behind VCA 2.0 and OCZ’s Superscale Storage Accelerator, we strongly suggest perusing those two articles. While they’re designed for completely different target markets, the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 and Z-Drive... Read more...
Need a 1TB solid state drive? OCZ Technology's new Octane line might be just what you're looking for. These new drives will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, the latter of which is the first 2.5-inch SSD in the world to offer such a copious amount of storage. OCZ is making use of its Indilinx acquisition and has outfitted these drives with the Indilinx Everest controller. "OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller... Read more...
Today, OCZ released a trio of modular PSUs in the ZT family. Designed to be efficient and cool (referring to temperature, not a state of being), the PSUs are modular, which cuts down on cable clutter and allows users to customize which connections they need. Features include a temperature controlled 140mm fan, 85% efficiency under typical loads, and low power consumption (1 watt) at standby and when off. The ZT PSUs are available now and come in 550W ($99.99 MSRP), 650W ($109.99), and 750W ($119.99) models. ZT 750 OCZ Technology Unveils the Modular ZT Power Supply Series New PSU Lineup Provides Users with an Efficient, High Quality, and Powerful Solution SAN JOSE, CA – October 19, 2011... Read more...
OCZ just made available new firmware that's supposed to fix a handful of stability issues with certain SandForce-based solid state drives (SSDs). Affected SSDs include the Vertex 3 series, Vertex 3 Max IOPS series, Agility 3 series, and Solid 3 series. According to the release notes, the firmware addresses the following: Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the primary-configured drive woke up from either a SATA slumber mode or S3/S4 modes. Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the drive was configured as primary with OS installed. Fixed a corner-case issue that may cause the drive to stutter or Windows freezing screen when a media... Read more...
Today, OCZ is letting fly with the second coming of a VCA 2.0 product, this time squarely targeting the enterprise, datacenter and high-end workstation markets. Where OCZ's RevoDrive line targets more consumer-like price points, their Z-Drive line is about no holds barred performance for the enterprise. The Z-Drive R4 with VCA 2.0, the same SuperScale Storage Accelerator, and now an octet of SandForce SF-2200 controllers, has landed on our testbeds for a few cycles of the benchmark gauntlet. And oh yeah, it's packing a full 1.6TB (that's Terabytes) of usable capacity on board. As the old saying goes, let the games begin! OCZ Z-Drive R4 Performance Preview  ... Read more...
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