LSI launches WarpDrive SSD

November 22, 2010 | 10:25

Tags: #pcie #pcie-ssd #ssd

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LSI has taken the wraps off its latest solid-state storage device for enterprises, and it's a beast: the PCIe-based SSD boasts sustained speeds of up to 1,400MB/s.

The LSI WarpDrive beats the 1,020MB/s performance promised by the recently announced AngelBird Wings SSD quite handily - although there's also a slight pricing disparity between the two.

The company claims that the WarpDrive can reach 1,400MB/s sustained throughput thanks to its use of single-level cell NAND flash memory, while its clever controller offers up to 240,000 read and 200,000 write IO operations per second based on a 4K block size along with a sub-50 millisecond access latency. The card is quipped with a 6Gb/s SAS controller and is directly bootable.

To reach the same performance levels using traditional hard disks, LSI claims, would take 400 drives, 36 units of rack space, and more than 300 times the overall power draw.

Brent Blanchard, the company's director of worldwide channel sales, said in a statement that the WarpDrive 'sets a new standard for data centre efficiency by providing IT administrators with previously unattainable levels of performance while helping to reduce operational and capital expenditures,' although the pricing may leave you wondering about that last claim.

As an enterprise device, you can expect to pay steeply - but LSI is aiming its WarpDrive at the top end of the spectrum. The intital model, the LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 which offers 300GB of storage, is due to launch in the US priced at $11,500 (around £7,200).

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