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OCZ Announces the Intrepid 3000 Series Enterprise Solid State Drives

Discussion in 'News' started by Cristian_25H, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Cristian_25H


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    OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today introduced its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SATA III-based SSDs delivering the industry's best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses. As the series supports storage capacities up to 800 GB, Intrepid 3 represents OCZ's highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date. Leveraging the Everest 2 Platform, a combination of the Marvell 88SS9187 controller with OCZ's proprietary firmware, the new series features advanced flash management and endurance capabilities that extend NAND flash life and enhance drive reliability, all supported by a 5-year warranty.

    'Incredibly fast' best describes the new Intrepid 3000 Series. In a steady state condition by which the drive is writing, erasing and re-writing data repeatedly over the full capacity of the drive, the performance for both large block sequential operations, as well as small block random operations, is unrivaled. This includes 520 MB/s for sequential reads (128K blocks), 470 MB/s for sequential writes (128K blocks), 91,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reads (4K blocks) and 40,000 IOPS for random writes (4K blocks). In comparison to OCZ's previous SATA III enterprise drives, the Intrepid 3000 Series delivers five times faster sustained performance for 4K write operations and two times faster sustained performance for 4K read operations.


    The proprietary Intrepid 3000 Series firmware is optimized to achieve consistent I/O responses and continues to perform at top speed regardless of whether data is in a compressed or uncompressed format. In this scenario, OCZ's new advanced flash management efficiently manages all of the housekeeping routines such as garbage collection, enabling the SSD to keep up with incoming read and write requests.

    "Our new Intrepid 3000 Series leverages in-house firmware with an impressive enterprise feature-set to enable customers with unprecedented performance, data management, endurance and reliability, and cost flexibility resulting in an optimal storage environment," said Daryl Lang, SVP of Product Management for OCZ Technology. "Delivering exceptional SSD responsiveness in even the most demanding and compute-intensive applications, the Intrepid 3000 Series achieves unsurpassed performance under any workload, regardless of data type and I/O pattern for the complete spectrum of applications including online archiving, media streaming and web browsing OLTP, VDI, email and analytics."

    The Intrepid 3000 Series features an advanced suite of endurance and reliability tools designed to extend NAND flash memory life while providing the enterprise-class endurance, reliability and data integrity required by today's data center managers. This includes:
    • Strong multi-level BCH error correction coding (ECC) that effectively corrects errors up to 85 bits per 2Kb of data while significantly reducing the uncorrectable bit error rate (UBER);
    • End-to-end data path protection that performs data integrity checks at every juncture where data is transmitted, received, processed and stored ensuring that corrupted data is detected and not propagated;
    • In-flight data protection that prevents data loss in the event of a sudden power failure guaranteeing that the in-progress write operations complete and data is properly stored in SSD flash;
    • Internal SSD RAID redundancy provides additional safeguards to supplement traditional ECC algorithms, and further reduce uncorrectable bit error rates;
    • Lower write amplification by concatenating multiple write requests from the host while minimizing wasteful copy back operations of unaffected data sectors;
    • 256-bit AES encryption compliance for data security (encrypting data in large 256-bit key sizes); and
    • Additional flash management techniques such as dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, TRIM support and system/storage monitoring via Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology (SMART).

    The Intrepid 3000 Series supports the industry standard 2.5-inch form factor and is available in two configurations. The Intrepid 3600 drives utilize reliable and cost-effective Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND media while the Intrepid 3800 models feature high endurance enterprise MLC (eMLC) NAND media. For read-intensive applications, such as online archiving, media streaming and web browsing, the Intrepid 3600 MLC Series is the best alternative and guarantees one complete drive write per day for 5 years. For write-intensive or mixed workload applications such as OnLine Transaction Processing (OLTP), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), email servers and analytics, OCZ's Intrepid 3800 Series provides the best option and guarantees five complete writes per day for 5 years.

    Both the new Intrepid 3600 and the Intrepid 3800 models are ideally suited for mega data centers and makers of storage appliances where optimum performance backed by high endurance and reliability are critical. Both configurations are available in 100 GB, 200 GB, 400 GB and 800 GB usable storage capacity models. All Intrepid 3000 Series models will be available through OCZ's global channel of authorized enterprise solution resellers in the first quarter of 2014. More information on the Intrepid 3000 Series can be accessed at ocz.com/enterprise.
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  2. Jorge

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    Considering OCZ is in bankruptcy I doubt they will be selling too many SSDs from now on.
  3. FreedomEclipse

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    I guess you had no idea Toshiba bought OCZs SSD side of the business, given that you live under a rock and only crawl out to share your blind useless logic when it suits you.
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  4. blanarahul


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    This just shows how incredibly OCZ's engineering team is. Extracting that much performance from the Marvell controller. No wonder Toshiba bought them.

    Only if this level of steady state performance was available in the Vector 150.
  5. Roph


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    Enterprise, where reliability is paramount. OCZ, where the reputation for reliability lies in shambles. Yeah, this'll turn out great.
  6. neko77025


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    I believe he is referring to .. the warranty issue at hand, They are no longer in effect and toshiba has not said if they will honor OCZ warrantys

    Here’s the problem for ordinary consumers: When one company buys another company’sassets in bankruptcy proceedings, that means the IP, equipment, and worker contracts. It often does not mean the warranty service — at least, not explicitly. If Toshiba intended to operate OCZ as a subsidiary, the PR would simply announce that Toshiba had “acquired” OCZ. If the asset purchase agreement included warranty service for OCZ’s customers, the announcement would likely say that, too.

    It’s possible that Toshiba and OCZ will still cut a deal for customer support, but it’s unlikely. OCZ will need the asset sale income to pay its creditors, and Toshiba probably isn’t interested in paying for a bunch of users with drives it doesn’t intend to support.

    Whether this will result in OCZ products being yanked off the market altogether or dumped at firesale prices is unclear. Probably some of each"
  7. ssdpro


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    Actually, the first initial release did mention asset sale only. The later referenced tentative agreement does use the term "acquire". Hence the December 2 Press Release title, "Toshiba to Acquire OCZ's SSD Client, Enterprise and Software Divisions" Also of interest in that release is the wording "Under this agreement Toshiba will acquire OCZ's client and enterprise solid state drive business" and "This acquisition will provide Toshiba with access to OCZ's proprietary controllers, firmware and software, as well as the teams responsible for bringing these solutions to market, in addition to OCZ's established brand and sales channels." The key word there is "brand". Toshiba already infused DIP financing into the company meaning they have a stake in current happenings. With this release it seems apparent the brand OCZ will continue if you couple the reality of the product release and the official Press Release. You aren't going to get solid wording on everything until the deal closes, considering this is a Chapter 11 proceeding with a purchase agreement involved.

  8. newtekie1

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    It is rather sad that a few issues can haunt a company forever to some people. If you look at any storage companies history you'll find issues. I don't think there is a company yet that hasn't had firmware issues. Heck, every company that used Sandforce controllers had firmware issues due to sandforce, and basically every SSD company used sandforce controllers, including Intel. And that firmware issue was actually largely to blame for OCZ's issues as they relied heavily on Sandforce controllers in their drives.

    I actually have to give OCZ credit. They were really the only SSD manufacturer to really work with Sandforce to find the firmware bug. The other SSD manufacturers basically ignored the issue and started switching to other controllers, leaving their customers with Sandforce based SSDs to suffer. OCZ on the other hand worked with Sandforce to identify the bug, test it, and as such were the first to release the bug fix to their customers. Yet, the firmware issue still haunts them.
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