Following the market success of Z-Drive and RevoDrive, the company has announced the VeloDrive, a PCIe-based SSD targeting SMB (Small and Medium Businesses), Enterprise clients and System Integrators.OCZ VeloDrive PCIe SSD is available in 300GB, 600GB and 1.2TB variants
THe VeloDrive utilizes the PCIe x4 2.0 standard, and can be deployed in both full-height or half-height cases such as more compact 1U rack chassis. Available in 300GB, 600GB and 1.2TB capacities, the VeloDrive utilizes four SandForce SF-1565 controllers in order to achieve transfer speed of up to 1GB/s for both read and write (typically, you can expect 270-280MB/s from one controller, add in the overhead and you're at around 1GB/s). According to the company, you can count on 130,000 4K random write IOPS (Input Output Per Second), which is a very impressive result. In order to offer aggressive pricing per Gigabyte, OCZ resorted to using MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND flash memory from the Intel-Micron joint venture (IMFT).
The latest generation of NAND is manufactured using the 25nm manufacturing process, lowering the cost per Gigabyte. Still, these are commercial-class devices and the reliability demanded from such an important device.
As the press release did not contain the retail prices for the drives, we contacted the OCZ Netherlands HQ and received an answer from Mr. Joost Van Leeuwenn, Director of Marketing & PR for OCZ EMEA. According to Joost, the 300GB drive is expected to retail in Europe for €1,699, 600GB will go for €2,899 while the creme de la creme, 1.2TB model will retail for €5,299. All prices are MSRP, i.e. they include local Value Added Tax.
Mr. Van Leeuwenn explained that the prices should be taken as guidance only, as the price of NAND Flash is constantly changing. Also, you need to take into account the recent situation in the oil market, as well as the ever-rising value of the Euro.
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