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OCZ unveils lightning fast PCI-E x8 SSD RAID

OCZ unveils lightning fast PCI-E x8 SSD RAID

OCZ's ultra high performance workstation class SSD product is blindingly fast, but also pretty chunky.

CeBIT 09: The Z-Drive from OCZ has four Vertex drives RAID’ed up in a terabyte of data storage and piped through a PCI-Express x8 controller to provide enough bandwidth.

With a rated 600MB/s write and 500MB/s read, although in some benchmarks it noses over 800MB/s, it’s currently faster than anything else on the market, bar some of the most extreme SAS or Fibre arrays. Incredibly though, it takes only a fraction of the power and produces none of the noise that competitors do.

It’s a mammoth bit of enterprise kit and, should OCZ guarantee the reliability, we can see it doing well in very high performance, low space and low heat solutions for workstations and servers.

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dire_wolf 5th March 2009, 14:24 Quote
Probably more than i'll ever afford
Bauul 5th March 2009, 14:33 Quote
That'll have to be at least a grand, but you get what you pay for clearly.
Gremlin 5th March 2009, 14:37 Quote
please tell me bit are trying everything in their power to get ahold of one of these things for testing!

that is just beastly, even if its ugly as all hell
iwod 5th March 2009, 14:53 Quote
Fastest on the market? Are you not counting Fusion IO ? Which can do 700MB/s
phuzz 5th March 2009, 15:26 Quote
Do you reckon it's worth putting on my birthday list...?
Xtrafresh 5th March 2009, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
Do you reckon it's worth putting on my birthday list...?

I want your uncles!

Pricing for this will run around $4k. I dont suppose anyone will bother putting one in a gaming machine for that money...
It would be AWESOME for a SFF build though, with the LanParty JR X58 board. Use this thing and get rid of the need for HDD racks, SATA cables or power cabling completely! A slimline CD player underneath the mobo and you have your system reduced to a mobo and a PSU, no other components needed!
eldiablo 5th March 2009, 16:31 Quote
It seems to me that its just some components put together. (http://tweakers.net/ext/i/1236107270.jpeg)
They are using the RocketRaid 3520 which by default also has the 256mb of memory, so its probably 4x250gb or something like that.
So all in all it should be pretty easy building it yourself for less money (depending on the price of the entire package and the used ssd's)
Also seems like a lot of ssd manufactures are going with raid technology lately.
Nice specs but ive got mixed feelings about it :p


//edit:
Just looked for the price
470€ (~410£?) for the rocketraid controller
Lets say we take the ocz v2 series 250GB which is about 650€ (580£) (which will probably be the ssd's they will use)

470 + 4x650 = 3070€ (2730£)

So i really do wonder how much they will ask for this package, because essentially its just a package.
TomH 5th March 2009, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by iwod
Fastest on the market? Are you not counting Fusion IO ? Which can do 700MB/s
Yeah, I was going to say; they've had products out for over a year now, IIRC. This is nothing new, unless it's considerably cheaper (very unlikely.)
FeRaL 5th March 2009, 18:53 Quote
Why do you guys even post news like this when 99.9999% of the community can't afford such things.
wuyanxu 5th March 2009, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by FeRaL
Why do you guys even post news like this when 99.9999% of the community can't afford such things.
oh don't worry, we'll be able to afford such performance in 10 years time ;)
pimonserry 5th March 2009, 19:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
oh don't worry, we'll be able to afford such performance in 10 years time ;)

You kidding?

In 10 years time, this will be out of date ;)
B3CK 5th March 2009, 21:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by FeRaL
Why do you guys even post news like this when 99.9999% of the community can't afford such things.

Because keeping up on technology and who's doing what is important to some people. Ever heard of any corporations investing in new hardware? When something is shown at a show like cebit/ces it shows where the technology is leading, what the current standards are and where they are going. As to pricing, I agree all but a handful of people would shell that out, however, corporate purchasers need to be able to shop different companies for competitive pricing , performance, and sometimes because they just have bad experiences with some companies and want to move on.



Keep up the news, even if "99.9999% of the community can't afford such things." bit-tech, we still want to know what's out there!
AndyFielder 6th March 2009, 01:46 Quote
I agree with the last comment.. great work bit-tech!
LordPyrinc 6th March 2009, 02:19 Quote
Indeed.... even if it is ridiculously expensive, its always good to be informed on what's out there and what we can expect to see in the future.

Besides, anyone remember when flat panels were expensive as hell? Now they are very reasonably priced.
Hamish 6th March 2009, 02:32 Quote
this thing is so daft
its still MLC SSD's in the end, i bet its IOPS is way less than the fusionIO card making it worse for server usage anyway
how about you fix the stuttering issue and give us some fast <100gig reasonably priced SSDs
Goty 6th March 2009, 05:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by iwod
Fastest on the market? Are you not counting Fusion IO ? Which can do 700MB/s

It's faster than 700MB/s in some tests, even reaching almost 1500MB/s in at least one test I've seen.
dec 6th March 2009, 12:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
That'll have to be at least a grand, but you get what you pay for clearly.


like intel core i7/2 extreme? i expect this and that to end up in the "its there and so expensive its worthless" category
Bindibadgi 6th March 2009, 17:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by FeRaL
Why do you guys even post news like this when 99.9999% of the community can't afford such things.

OK, would you like 500W PSU news?

Yaaaaaaaay....
FeRaL 6th March 2009, 18:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by B3CK
Because keeping up on technology and who's doing what is important to some people. Ever heard of any corporations investing in new hardware? When something is shown at a show like cebit/ces it shows where the technology is leading, what the current standards are and where they are going. As to pricing, I agree all but a handful of people would shell that out, however, corporate purchasers need to be able to shop different companies for competitive pricing , performance, and sometimes because they just have bad experiences with some companies and want to move on.



Keep up the news, even if "99.9999% of the community can't afford such things." bit-tech, we still want to know what's out there!

While I do agree with you on the keeping up with what technologies are coming out etc... I do have to disagree with you on the corporations investing in hardware comment.


Two things:

With the economy going down the drain as it is, corporations (at least the ones who want to stay in business) are not going to be buying any over priced bleeding edge hardware. They exact opposite is going to happen. They are going to be scaling back, and looking internally to see what can be done with what they got, house cleaning to make what they have work better, and most likely spend their money on business intelligence tools that will give them a better outlook on their sector of the economy and the economy as a whole so that when things do start to turn around they will have an edge on their competition... Of course, the tech producing companies will always churn out new gadgets in hopes it being the next Ipod and have it save them for the next few years.

Second, I don't know of any company worth it's salt that would adopt such a new and unproven technology like this until it has been put through the wringer. The institution I work for, which has not been impacted by the global recession like most others, has almost $10 billion USD in financial assets that it manages certainly wouldn't and the first person who brought up the idea of going to SSD's for our data center would pretty much have to go looking for a new job if they wanted to climb the corporate ladder as their credibility would have just been flushed down the toilet.

The only companies I can see pushing these are products to end users are the Dell's Apples who sell to people with more money than they know what to do with.
B3CK 6th March 2009, 20:36 Quote
You are posting mixed points. If you don't get the chance to see what's out there, how long it's been around, then you you are severly at a dissadvantage when it does come time to re-evaluate or make new purchases. I didn't make one mention that you should purchase anything without due research. ASS-U-ME'ing that everyone else does is just that, an assumption.
Bit-Tech is not a journalist site on how to save money by restructuring, cleaning house, or scaling back. Bit-Tech is a technical site, that has it's roots deeply based in the modding community, and provides as close to real world testing results as you can find anywhere. The fact that they post news clippings of whats on the horrizon is a great bonus and educational.

Good for you that work for a big company. As to letting someone go for just suggesting moving to SSD's, yea right, Texas memory systems have some of the most crazy data center tech out, lookup "shedloads of data" article posted not too long ago. Firing someone for suggesting a change that could reduce power costs, physical footprint, and increase performance? , ? sounds to me like suggestions like that should be researched to see how the solution fits before blindly stating that their wrong. If you can't change, you will fail.
If you don't want to read about whats on the horrizon when it comes to tech, stick to modding then, but the reader base of the articles alone show there are plenty of people that want to know what's around the corner.
FeRaL 6th March 2009, 21:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by B3CK
You are posting mixed points. If you don't get the chance to see what's out there, how long it's been around, then you you are severly at a dissadvantage when it does come time to re-evaluate or make new purchases. I didn't make one mention that you should purchase anything without due research. ASS-U-ME'ing that everyone else does is just that, an assumption.
Bit-Tech is not a journalist site on how to save money by restructuring, cleaning house, or scaling back. Bit-Tech is a technical site, that has it's roots deeply based in the modding community, and provides as close to real world testing results as you can find anywhere. The fact that they post news clippings of whats on the horrizon is a great bonus and educational.

Good for you that work for a big company. As to letting someone go for just suggesting moving to SSD's, yea right, Texas memory systems have some of the most crazy data center tech out, lookup "shedloads of data" article posted not too long ago. Firing someone for suggesting a change that could reduce power costs, physical footprint, and increase performance? , ? sounds to me like suggestions like that should be researched to see how the solution fits before blindly stating that their wrong. If you can't change, you will fail.
If you don't want to read about whats on the horrizon when it comes to tech, stick to modding then, but the reader base of the articles alone show there are plenty of people that want to know what's around the corner.

I never said that you would be let go, just that you might as well go because you would lack credibility as an IT planner, and that the product is being marketed at pretty much the worst time in the business cycle, the trough.

So, how much is it going to cost to replace hardware to make some savings? What's the ROI going to be on it? Can you afford to spend resources on it now when the economy is tanking?

I wish OCZ all the best, but from a more practical view they should really be marketing/engineering heavily to the portable and ultra portable market, that's where the $$$s are at right now.

Also, I don't need to lectured on flexibility and change, I've worked in and studied the IT industry for long enough to know that thing change faster than you can receive your newly outdated products, or you freshly earned certification.

And, yes I will admit I was a tad cynical in my first post and could have worded it a bit more eloquent. Sorry for pissing on your thread CardJoe.

I guess the fact that the economy the way it is has worn me down some. Even though the company I work for is well capitalized, they pretty much cut most of our benefits for the year as well as killed all pay raises. From that alone I'm looking effectively loosing 10% of my income. Throw on top of that California's "Governator" and Republican party just screwed us all in CA by raising taxes to increase their revenue. I'll probably be paying an extra $1,500 in state taxes this year.
B3CK 6th March 2009, 22:43 Quote
While this article is talking about something that for most companies is out of reach price wise, an SSD based storage system for extreme performance was listed a while back, and just posting the link to that article instead of editing. And this one was a bit more expensive.

TMS launches 20TB SSD-based SAN
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