VeloDrive: New Enterprise PCIe Drive from OCZ
OCZ has launched yet another PCI Express-based SSD, this time with a primary focus on enterprise users. The VeloDrive is a PCIe x8 drive that uses four SandForce SF-1565 controllers and can reach speeds of 1GB/s and 130,000 IOPS. The SSDs can run in both hardware and software-based RAID configurations and by utilizing the PCIe interface they remove the bottlenecks in SATA and SAS interfaces.
The VeloDrive is in other words based on the previous-generation SandForce architecture but with four controllers/processors to deliver plenty of performance. There are three different capacities–300GB, 600GB and 1.2TB–and they all use MLC NAND to cut down on cost.
There are some slight diffence in sequential read/write and IOPS performance between the different capacities, but nothing overly dramatic. OCZ points out that the VeloDrive comes in a low-profile form factor with a full-height bracket.
The performance figures are very impressive, especially in software RAID configurations, which can reach more than 1 GB/s when reading and writing compressible data. The smaller 300GB and 600GB models can squeeze out up to 130,000 IOPS random writes (4KB compressible).
When reading or writing incompressible data, the performance drops noticeably, but still remain at respectable levels. Pricing for the OCZ VeloDrive has not yet been revealed.
Find out more on the official product page.