OCZ Announces Z-Drive R4 CloudServ
OCZ has announced a new PCI Express flash storage system, with capacities far beyond current solid state offerings. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ targets the cloud computing market, and hopes that its high throughput and capacity will help make it a staple in data centers everywhere. PCIe based solutions offer far greater bandwidth than SATA based solutions, making them an ideal choice for very large data sets that need to be processed quickly. The CloudServ is said to be able to provide several GB/s in throughput while processing 1.4 million Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS). This is made possible through a combination of hardware and software control, primarily OCZ's Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 and SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 300GB-16TB. According to OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen, “The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe solid state drive delivers game-changing performance and enables clients to process massive data-sets with up to 16TB of storage capacity on a single, easy-to-deploy card."