Monday, May 23rd 2011

Texas Memory Systems Unleashes the 900 GB Gorilla RamSan PCI-E SSD

The RamSan-70 "Gorilla" is a high-performance, half-length PCIe card with 900 GB of usable SLC Flash capacity. Delivering 330K IOPS and 2 GB/s of bandwidth, it offers higher performance and greater capacity than any other half-length SLC Flash PCIe card.

Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS), maker of The World's Fastest Storage, introduces the new high-performance RamSan-70, a 900-GB half-length PCIe card featuring Toshiba's newest 32nm SLC Flash. The RamSan-70 carries on Texas Memory Systems' tradition of delivering a complete integrated RamSan storage solution on a single board.

The RamSan-70 is the first product powered by Texas Memory Systems' new Series-7 Flash Controller. Based on high-performance Xilinx FPGAs and a PowerPC processor, the Series-7 Flash Controller handles all Flash management functions without impacting the host CPU. It incorporates patented Texas Memory Systems reliability technology, yielding an expected lifespan of 6-10 years. Its proprietary enterprise-level reliability features include chip-level RAID and an advanced ECC algorithm, correcting more errors than required by the manufacturer.

The Series-7 Flash Controller is field-upgradable, ensuring that Texas Memory Systems customers will always have the best performance and latest features. The Series-7 Flash Controller, combined with Toshiba 32nm SLC Flash, provides the enterprise-level performance and reliability customers expect from The World's Best Flash Storage.

"IT managers are always looking for ways to increase I/O performance, reduce latency, and improve overall system efficiency," said Jeff Janukowicz, Research Manager for Solid State Storage Technology at IDC. "A PCIe Flash SSD, such as Texas Memory Systems' RamSan-70, can solve many of these issues for IT managers and delivers a cost-effective solution for most demanding enterprise applications."

Designed specifically for the OEM market, the RamSan-70 is the ideal in-server storage solution for data warehousing, enterprise resource planning (ERP), sophisticated data acquisition, scientific computing, and web content.

"The RamSan-70 establishes new capacity and performance standards for direct-attached storage customers," said Dan Scheel, President of Texas Memory Systems. "With this next generation of PCIe SSD innovation, we will continue engineering The World's Fastest Storage for the full spectrum of customers."

The RamSan-70 is scheduled for initial delivery in 4-8 weeks. For more information about the Gorilla, swing by http://RamSan.com/Gorilla.
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15 Comments on Texas Memory Systems Unleashes the 900 GB Gorilla RamSan PCI-E SSD

#1
CharlO
Now I'm happy my motherboard has 7 PCI-E slots!
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#2
spine7
i wonder how much it costs
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#3
Isenstaedt
I believe PCI-E SSDs are the future.
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#5
Static~Charge
by: spine7
i wonder how much it costs
One arm and one leg.
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#6
IainB
Just made a real mess in my shorts.......heh! sorry but that's a bloody awesome piece of hardware.
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#7
boogerlad
is it bootable and is it pci-e x8?
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#8
WarraWarra
Drooollllll, I have to get 1 or more of these if the price is right.
Darn it mean I will need to get another motherboard with more slots.
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#9
techtard
This likely costs several 10's of thousands of dollars.
It's marketed towards datacentres, and other mission critical applications where the endurance of SLC is important.

We can dream, though.

And before anyone compares the OCZ revodrive or X2, this would blow those out of the water, both in IOPS and R/W.
Plus, it is more rugged and dependable.
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#10
treehouse
by: InnocentCriminal
What a f'ing awesome name.
hahahaha i have to agree!! :rockout:
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#11
claylomax
by: Static~Charge
One arm and one leg.
That's the deposit then you pay in installments for the rest of your life.:)
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#12
yogurt_21
by: techtard
This likely costs several 10's of thousands of dollars.
It's marketed towards datacentres, and other mission critical applications where the endurance of SLC is important.

We can dream, though.

And before anyone compares the OCZ revodrive or X2, this would blow those out of the water, both in IOPS and R/W.
Plus, it is more rugged and dependable.
seriously doubt 10's of thousands of dollars, it would be stupid to release at that point.

OCZ Z-Drive R2 P88 OCZSSDPX-ZD2P881T PCI-E 1TB PCI...

revodrive is likely 1/2 the price, at least the 960gb one, compare he texas memory to the ocz zdrives. that's where it will get crushed in price/perf while either being close to as fast or as fast, asthese have yet to be benched by anyone other than texas memory.

granted that a pair of the new vertex 3's in raid 0 will compare to the zdrive in performance while being lower cost.
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#13
techtard
But the revodrives have a nasty tendancy to die. And they are limited by the onboard pci bridge chip.
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#14
WarraWarra
Yup price is issue, so you can likely get 2 revo's for the same price if not more units and raid them. So raid0 + 10% overall performance drop dew to raid and still same or a bit more speed than this Gorilla unit.

OCZ and quality control :shadedshu never mind the hours waisted to get the drive working at rated speeds :banghead:

I wonder this 900gb @ 2gb/s = how much money and units of Adata3 / Corsair force3 and where is the break even point.

US$2200 for a gaming rig gets your this below.
4x 240gb "us$550" @ 4x5w max @ ~2gb/s
or
8x 120gb "us$220" 550mb/s ssd's ~4gb/s + $440 for decent sata controllers.
all in raid0 and the same results or better results for a gaming rig @ 90% of ~4gb/s efficiency ?
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#15
mrw1986
by: yogurt_21
seriously doubt 10's of thousands of dollars, it would be stupid to release at that point.

OCZ Z-Drive R2 P88 OCZSSDPX-ZD2P881T PCI-E 1TB PCI...

revodrive is likely 1/2 the price, at least the 960gb one, compare he texas memory to the ocz zdrives. that's where it will get crushed in price/perf while either being close to as fast or as fast, asthese have yet to be benched by anyone other than texas memory.

granted that a pair of the new vertex 3's in raid 0 will compare to the zdrive in performance while being lower cost.
You're comparing a MLC drive to an SLC drive...there's a significant price difference there.
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