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OCZ Unveils Vector 180 SSD for Low-End Servers

By Pedro Hernandez

The Toshiba subsidiary sets out to give modest server hardware a major performance boost with its latest 19nm MLC SSD.

On the eve of the Computex technology tradeshow in Taipei, OCZ unveiled a new high performance solid-state drive (SSD) for entry-level servers and workstations, the Vector 180.

The event marks a big milestone for OCZ, which was recently acquired by Toshiba following bankruptcy proceedings. The company announced that Computex will serve as a backdrop to OCZ's current product line, "which has completely transitioned to in-house Toshiba NAND flash."

Vector 180 is a 2.5-inch, SATA 3 SSD that can reach sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB per second and sequential writes of up to 530 MB per second. The SSD can deliver random read and write performance (4k) of up to 100,000 IOPS and 95,000 IOPS, respectively.

The SSDs, available in 120 GB, 240 GB and 480GB capacities, are packed with Toshiba's 19 nanometer (nm) MLC flash chips that are managed by the company's Barefoot 3 NAND controllers. They carry a mean time between failure rating of 2.3 million hours and are backed by a five-year warranty.

Toshiba snapped up OCZ, the struggling San Jose, Calif.-based SSD maker, in December for $35 million. In a statement, Toshiba's Seiichi Mori, vice president of the company's solid-state storage division, said at the time that "the combination of our leading NAND technology with OCZ's SSD expertise will allow us to further strengthen Toshiba's SSD business."

The deal also included OCZ's ZD-XL SQL Accelerator, a combination of Z-Drive PCIe SSDs and software that boosts application performance in Microsoft SQL Server environments. Announced in April, the product supports Microsoft's latest database release, SQL Server 2014, including its Buffer Pool Extension feature which provides faster access to database pages by loading them directly from flash. ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5, available in capacities of 800 GB, 1.6 TB and 3.2 TB, will also be making an appearance at Computex.

Other enterprise-grade solutions on display at Computex includes the company's Intrepid 3000 line of SATA SSDs. The 3600 model, based on 19nm MLC flash, is aimed at read-intensive workloads like search and media streaming. Its stable mate, the 3800, houses high-endurance enterprise MLC (eMLC) flash, and is geared toward virtual infrastructures, transaction processing and other mixed workloads.

Finally, the company is also showing off its newest PCIe SSD, the Z-Drive 4500. The device can deliver read and write speeds of up to 2.8 GB per second and 2.1 GB per second, respectively, and read performance of up to 252,000 IOPS.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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  This article was originally published on Monday Jun 2nd 2014
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