OCZ Demos 2 Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSDs at 12 GB/s and1.4 Million IOPS – CES 2012 Update

Today OCZ invited us up to their penthouse suite at the posh Aria hotel to demo some of their latest and greatest technology.

OCZ surprised us with a decidedly enterprise-oriented direction in their newest offerings. With OCZ dominating the consumer space, it is only natural that they want to expand into the enterprise sector. SSDs only account for 1-2% of the enterprise server storage, so there is room for tremendous growth in this area.

OCZ had announced earlier in the day that they had acquired SANRAD, an Israel-based provider of flash caching software and virtualization-centric technology. Imagine our surprise when we were greeted with a testbed and SANRAD engineers already in place!

First, the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ was highlighted sporting some ridiculously powerful performance. These devices are certainly a generational leap in technology, as they outstrip anything else on the market by large margins.

With 2 of these devices working in tandem they showcased an amazing throughput at the 128 Sequential benchmark of over 12GB/s!

When asked to showcase 4k Random Read speeds we were greeted with over 1.4 Million IOPS!  This performance is actually limited more by the platform itself than the Z-Drive R4 devices that are connected.

Finally, there were some new faces in the room, and these were engineers from SANRAD, demoing their latest technology used in tandem with the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ.

This new technology allows for some great advancements in the server space. Utilizing on-the-fly caching of Virtual Drives allows for extreme performance enhancement. One of the demos involved acceleration of a virtual drive from 42MB/s to over 610 MB/s in under 5 minutes time! This type of technology is a great acquisition for OCZ as the continued frantic pace of SSD growth in the server space is centering on caching of HDD base volumes.

2 comments

  1. How did they run the cards in tandem? Software RAID? Is there a limit on how many can operate in tandem?

  2. how they managed to “dominate” the consumer market selling drives that blue screen computers non stop and leave users losing all their data is beyond me. I returned almost 100 of these blasted things.

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