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April 5, 2010

OCZ Technology launches new Z-Drive SSDs

Available in capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB

By CBR Staff Writer

OCZ Technology Group, a provider of memory and flash-based storage, has announced its plan to enter the mass production of Z-Drive R2 Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the second rendition of the original Z-Drive family.

The company claims that the Z-Drive R2 provides greater performance and design flexibility due to the implementation of a series of optimised NAND modules. It maximises bandwidth and utilises speed advantages of the PCI-Express interface. The Z-Drive family is available in capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB and is bootable with 8 PCI-E lanes and an eight-way RAID 0 configuration.

According to OCZ, R2 uses interchangeable modules in the place of permanent, surface-mounted NAND and is field-serviceable and field-upgradeable. It delivers transfer rates up to 1.4GB/s, while offering enhanced reliability and durability compared to mechanical hard drives.

The company is also offering customisation options for OEM clients that may require tailored hardware or firmware offerings for their business.

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The new Z-Drive R2 p88 model is available in 1TB-2TB capacities and support max read and write speeds of 1400MB/s. The Z-Drive R2 p84 and Z-Drive R2 m84 are available in 256GB-1TB capacities, while the p84 supports max read of 850MB/s and max write of 800MB/s. The m84 supports max read of 800MB/s and max write of 750MB/s.

Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, said: “Our 4th generation PCIe SSD, the Z-Drive R2, tackles the performance challenges facing enterprise IT professionals head-on. The Z-Drive R2 is a total solution that delivers exceptional performance over a wide of range of applications due to its superior sequential performance, making it a winner in both high IOP and high-throughput environments.

“In addition, it is the only bootable and field serviceable PCIe SSD option on the market today, and due to an innovative interchangeable module design, it enables low cost field upgradability and capacity increases giving storage architects unprecedented flexibility.”

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