LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 Delivers 240,000 IOPS
Storage manufacturer LSI has announced that it is getting serious about the enterpsie SSD market with the launch of its WarpDrive SLP-300. The unit runs on the PCIe x8 interface and comes with incredible performance specifications, not least its 240,000 IOPS for reading small random files. Storage capacity is 300GB.
LSI uses an internal RAID configuration, much like OCZs RevoDrive, but with its own LSISAS2008 circuit that also supports SAS 6.0 Gbps. The WarpDrive is bootable and and its read and write speeds are specified at 1400MB/s and 1200MB/s respectively. Most impressive is the IOPS performance; the unit reaches 240,000 IOPS when reading sequential 4K files. Sequential 4K writes is almost as impressive at 200,000 IOPS.
Utilizing two WarpDrive cards combined with Exar’s BitWackr solution, we measured an aggregate performance of 1,028 MB/second, which is almost twice the speed we were able to achieve with other PCIe-based flash products, says Bob Farkaly at Exar.
In combination with an access time of 50 microseconds, the WarpDrive SLP-300 drive makes short work of virtually all other enterprise solutions and only consumes 25 watts to do so.
Don’t count on getting one from Santa though – the price tag, $11,500, shows it’s not intended for the average consumer.