AnandTech – OCZ Z-Drive R4 CM88 1.6TB PCIe SSD Review

OCZ is still creating new products on a very torrid pace. Compared to the high end, OCZ is able to turn around new products incorporating the newest NAND chips and SSD drive controllers within months of their release. So what is OCZ doing on the high end, say the desktop enthusiast or low-end data center market? And what kind of performance are they targeting at those price levels? Read On:

OCZ Launches PCIe-Based HDD/SDD Hybrid Drive

As OCZ attempts to innovate even faster, they’re bringing to market interesting niche products that create whole new product classes. PCIe Flash drives have been cranking out the jams, tearing up the charts especially those branded by Fusion-io. OCZ has also brought a number of PCIe flash-only drives to market with better and better performance rankings with each new generation. But price is always a concern, so the threshold for adopting PCIe has been very high. Enter the hybrid, Flash+HDD in one PCIe card.

OCZ samples twin-core ARM SSD controller • The Register

OCZ is swiftly moving up the charts of manufacturers attempting to differentiate product at the consumer level. Between the PCIe based RevoDrives and this new announcement of it’s own Flash memory controller it appears they are out front on the performance and future performance fronts. Here’s to any manufacturer who decides to not just license SandForce controllers but also design and produce their own.

Artur Bergman Wikia on SSDs @ OReilly Media Conferences/Don Bazile CEO of Violin Memory

Most recently I have detected a disturbance in the Force. Teh Purveyors of the predominant Data Center paradigm large drive arrays costing 100,000 dollars and up are going to have their lunch eaten by a young upstart. Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, NetApp and IBM you better watch out, you better not cry, you better be faster ‘cuz I’m a tellin’ ya’ why.

AnandTech – OCZ Agility 3 240GB Review

The upgrade market for Windows PCs is still very strong and budget concerns are almost always a preeminent when shopping for an upgrade. From CPU to Memory to Harddrives, a Solid State Disk is still a sure way of increasing the Windows Experience Score for your Windows 7 PC. Now OCZ is trying to drive the new SandForce 2xxx series controller into a lower price level product. Enter the OCZ Agility Solid State Disk:

EMC’s all-flash benediction: Turbulence ahead • The Register

All the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) spread by big legacy manufacturers of hard drive storage in the data center is a way to stem or delay the burgeoning tidal wave of Flash memory based storage. Yes the economics of Flash based storage are not quite there yet, but for the high performance, high throughput folks the future is now.

TMS flash array blows Big Blue away • The Register

While flash memory chips cost more per Gigabyte to store data than a comparable spinning disk drive, we’re not talking about that at all. We’re talking about fast blinding speed of Input/Output operations, reading and writing data. And for that Flash Memory Chips are king of the hill, and now have the benchmarks to prove it once and for all time.

OCZ Acquires Indilinx SSD Controller Maker

Just a few weeks after announcing the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro and non-Pro SSDs, OCZ comes up with this. They are going to acquire a company that competes directly with the top of line SSD drive controller manufacturer. Indilinx has gained a reputation for helping ‘bring down’ prices of SSDs by making the drive controller more affordable, whereas SandForce (makers of the drive controller for Vertex 3) has kept up its margins but increased performance by a huge margin as well. I guess it makes sense to sell as many drives as you can and cater to all levels of the market. But I don’t know if it’s going to undermine OCZ’s business relationship with SandForce.