OCZ to launch 6Gb/s SSD

November 11, 2009 // 10:25 a.m.

Tags: #6gbs-sas #6gbs-ssd #enterprise-ssd #ocz #ocz-ssd #sandforce #sandforce-ssd #sas-ssd #sata-ssd #solid-state #storage

If you're still not convinced that solid-state storage has hit the performance levels you'd like, a collaboration between OCZ and SandForce might just change your mind with a range of 6Gb/s SSD devices.

The devices, which will use SandForce's SF-1500 and SF-1200 SSD processors depending on the model, will be available both in the more traditional consumer-level 3Gb/s SATA interface along with the decidedly enterprise-grade 6Gb/s SAS interface - potentially offering the fastest burst rate of any drive currently available.

Storage hasn't been forgotten, either: OCZ's SandForce-based SSDs will be available in sizes ranging from 50GB to an impressive 400GB, although the company has yet to confirm pricing for any models in the range. The company has, however, promised to firm up the details and offer some concrete information on the product range before presenting the devices atCES in 2010.

Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of OCZ said of the partnership that "OCZ is committed to delivering SSD solutions to our enterprise clients and also has a strong following for our consumer solid state products; partnering with SandForce enables us to offer an even more robust offering to both these markets."

Although actual performance information for the devices hasn't yet been released, the use of the new 6Gb/s interface holds the promise of an extremely fast drive - although the use of 6Gb/s SAS rather than 6Gb/s SATA indicates the desire to sell the product to the enterprise market, which may well - at least at first - price it out of the reach of your average consumer.

Will you be trying to get your hands on a 6Gb/s SSD, or is this purely one for enterprise-grade rapid-access database servers? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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