OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a pioneer of high-performing solid-sate drives (SSDs) for both client and enterprise, is announcing their next-generation of enterprise SSDs, dubbed the Intrepid 3000 series. The enterprise-class SATA III Intrepid 3000 series, in capacities of up to 800GB, becomes OCZ’s highest performing and largest capacity of enterprise SATA SSDs so far.
Utilizing OCZ’s Everest 2 platform that combines proprietary firmware with Marvell’s 88SS9187 controller, the Intrepid 3000 series utilizes advanced flash management techniques to enhance endurance, NAND life and reliability. OCZ’s “secret sauce” firmware is optimized to attain consistently high IOPS, and continues to perform at top speeds with both compressible and incompressible data. The advanced flash management also handles preventative self-maintenance, including garbage collection, wear-leveling and TRIM.
In a steady-state scenario with the drive continuously writing, erasing, then re-writing data over the drive’s entire capacity, the Intrepid 3000 series SSD’s performance puts it in a class by itself. 128K block sequential read/write speeds attain 520 MB/s and 470 MB/s, respectively. Random 4K reads of 91,000 IOPS are double those of previous OCZ enterprise SSDs, while the random 4K writes of 40,000 IOPS are five times faster.
According to Daryl Lang, senior vice president of Product Management for OCZ, “Our new Intrepid 3000 series leverages in-house firmware with an impressive feature-set to enable customers with unprecedented performance, data management, endurance and reliability, and cost flexibility resulting in an optimal storage environment. Delivering exceptional SSD responsiveness in even the most demanding and compute-intensive applications, the Intrepid 3000 series achieves unsurpassed performance under any workload, regardless of data type and I/O pattern for the complete spectrum of applications, including online archiving, media streaming and web browsing, OLTP, VDI, e-mail and analytics.”
The Intrepid 3000 series, housed in a standard 2.5-inch form factor, will be offered in capacities of 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB. Two versions of each capacity will be offered. The Intrepid 3600 utilizes reliable yet cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) NAND, while the Intrepid 3800 will boast higher-endurance enterprise MLC (eMLC) NAND.
Enterprise-class endurance, reliability and data integrity features include multi-level error correction coding (ECC), end-to-end data path protection, power fail protection, 256-bit AES encryption capabilities, and support for S.M.A.R.T. and TRIM. OCZ is backing the Intrepid 3000 series of SSDs with a five-year warranty. Product will be available through authorized OCZ channel sellers in Q1 of 2014.