Last Update 2012/8/22 15:05
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:OCZ) a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power management solutions for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the Silencer Mk III 1200W Power Supply from PC Power & Cooling. Offering industrial-grade performance and stability for demanding computing environments in a new maximum wattage option, the Silencer Mk III meets the highest rated efficiency and provides ultra-quiet operation in a modular design.
The industrial-grade yet refined Mk III 1200W is the Silencer Series’ most comprehensively powerful solution yet. Meeting the stringent 80 Plus Platinum certified rating for the highest energy efficiency rating possible, the 1200W Mk III features over 92% efficiency at typical workloads. The Mk III combines a single +12V rail, premium components including 100% Japanese 105°C capacitors, and heavy-duty protection circuitries while maintaining continuous, stable output at a demanding 50°C ambient temperature.
“PC Power & Cooling has a long history of delivering premium power supplies for power users seeking the ultimate in both performance and reliability,” said Steve Lee, Sr. Vice President of Channel marketing and BU GM for Power Management. “The new Silencer Mk III 1200W continues that tradition by offering enthusiasts the highest wattage to date in the series coupled with the flexibility of modular cable design, an impressive 80 PLUS Platinum rating, and an adjustable thermal system for ultimate protection and quiet operation.”
A new feature on this latest model is the Dual Thermal Control System, a sophisticated operation that allows the user to switch the PSU between normal and silent mode seamlessly, working in conjunction with the load and temperature controlled 140mm fan for ultra-quiet operation. Where industrial durability meets a sleek modular design for enthusiasts, the Silencer Mk III 1200W Series comes backed with PC Power’s complete confidence in reliability with an industry-leading 7 year warranty to offer power users the ultimate peace of mind.
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Last Update 2012/8/22 15:03
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, will showcase its latest storage products, encompassing a mix of both solid state drives and software solutions, at this year's Flash Memory Summit, Booth #208, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, from August 21st through August 23rd.
Demonstrating SSD products along with recent partner implementations, OCZ will showcase a comprehensive lineup of innovative solutions for business, storage, server, and OEM clients. This includes product presentations of both the impending Intrepid 3 SATA III-based SSD solution based on the company's Indilinx Everest 2 architecture, along with its leading PCI Express (PCIe)-based Z-Drive R4 featuring new Linux Acceleration software (LXL), a standalone solution for Linux-based servers in non-virtualized IT storage and server environments. By utilizing an innovative cache architecture running in the Linux kernel itself, LXL minimizes latency while maximizing performance and supports all OCZ enterprise-class SSD drives and interfaces including PCIe, SAS and SATA. Included in the LXL software demonstration is Z-Verse, OCZ's new central management application for all OCZ enterprise SSDs including Z-Drive R4 for PCIe, Deneva 2 for SATA III and Talos 2 for SAS.
Other booth demonstrations will include VXL, OCZ's cache and flash virtualization software for VMware environments running its flash virtualization feature for SQL Server 2012 databases using its leading Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD against a traditional SAN array. This combined hardware/software solution dramatically increases SQL Server 2012 transactional IOPS performance, reduces database read latencies, and improves query completion times. The VXL live demo will include a VDI boot storm through a warm-up cache, and vMotion and Fault Tolerance to showcase a complete High Availability (HA) solution using flash virtualization, both of which are OCZ-only unique features. Lastly, OCZ will also demonstrate its popular Talos2 Series SAS-based drives showcasing the performance advantages of a true full duplex, dual-port SAS 6Gb/s SSD in a Microsoft Cluster in a Box (CiB) solution, further leveraging the strengths of OCZ's storage drives when paired with leading partner systems.
As a complete solution provider for the enterprise, offering both leading edge storage hardware and complementary software products, OCZ continues to deliver enterprise-class solid-state solutions with higher endurance, cutting edge performance, increased reliability, unparalleled security and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) for large scale data centers and IT infrastructures worldwide. Join OCZ Technology at this week's FMS 2012 to see the latest drives, software, and partner solutions designed for enterprise server and storage customers.
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Last Update 2012/8/22 15:03
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that its Z-Drive R4 PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs have been selected by Nippon Rad, a leading solutions provider in Japan, for their Pedicss PC platform. As a hard disk drive (HDD) replacement for this platform, the implementation of OCZ’s PCIe flash-based solid-state cards enable significantly faster read and write data access times, accelerated application performance, enterprise-class endurance and reliability, low power consumption and quiet running operations.
Nippon Rad’s Pedicss platform is a pre-configured Windows-based personal computer equipped with ultra high-speed Z-Drive R4 PCIe solid-state storage housed in a compact cube enclosure. It is targeted for customers that require high-performance storage media in support of such enterprise applications as virtualization, database management, and big data loading. In a comparable test environment versus HDDs, Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs delivered significant read/write performance improvements in both sequential and random access operations.
“We are very pleased that our Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs have been selected by Nippon Rad for their next-generation Pedicss platform that uniquely combines PC capabilities with high-performance enterprise storage,” said Richard Singh, CSO for OCZ Technology Group. “As HDDs have physical and performance limitations that cannot keep pace with growing server workloads, the Z-Drive R4 can deliver random IOPS performance that is comparable to large SAN arrays with thousands of HDDs incorporated.”
The Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD model selected by Nippon Rad features storage capacity of 300GB in a half-height (HH) format that is capable of delivering a maximum read/write throughput of 2,000 MB/s and 4K random write performance of 250,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second). For more information on the Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, please visit OCZ’s enterprise site at www.oczenterprise.com.
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Last Update 2012/8/22 15:02
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), today announced that its enterprise Z-Drive R4 PCI Express (PCIe) SSD series has achieved VMware Ready™ status. This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs has achieved VMware’s highest level of endorsement, and can be found on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) at vmware.com
“By using Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD drives with VMware vSphere 5.0, enterprises can accelerate virtualized applications while delivering fast and reliable access to data without burdening host CPU and memory resources. When combined with OCZ’s VXL flash virtualization software, Z-Drive R4 delivers a comprehensive and compelling virtual performance system that efficiently distributes flash resources across VMs to provide an even greater performance of key applications in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), e-mail and database servers,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group.”
“We are pleased that OCZ Technology with Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs qualifies for the VMware Ready™ logo, signifying to customers that it has met specific VMware integration and interoperability standards and it works effectively with VMware cloud infrastructure, which will speed time to value within customer environments.” said Sheryl Sage, director, Alliance Programs, VMware.
The VMware Ready program is a co-branding benefit of the Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program that makes it easy for customers to identify partner products certified to work with VMware cloud infrastructure. Customers can use these products and solutions to lower project risks and realize cost savings over custom built solutions. With thousands of members worldwide, the VMware TAP program includes best-of-breed technology partners with the shared commitment to bring the best expertise and business solution for each unique customer need.
OCZ Technology and Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs can be found within the online VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) at vmware.com
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Last Update 2012/8/22 14:59
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Taipei, Taiwan has achieved ISO 9001: 2008 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This independent certification from ISO demonstrates OCZ’s commitment to quality and reinforces that the company’s newly consolidated manufacturing facility has met ISO’s stringent qualifications.
The ISO 9001: 2008 standard was established by the ISO governing board and has become the most comprehensive standard on quality management and practices worldwide. It is designed to enable companies with a set of principles that ensure a consistent and systematic approach to manufacturing while providing high product quality and reliability, which in turn, translates to customer satisfaction.
“We are very pleased to have obtained ISO 9001: 2008 certification demonstrating that our manufacturing processes not only follow rigorous quality standards, but they are consistent with leading companies worldwide,” said Jason Ruppert, Sr. Vice President of Operations for OCZ Technology. “This ISO certification provides our OEM customers with a validation that our manufacturing processes deliver high quality, reliable products, and a heightened user experience.”
OCZ’s SSD products are assembled and tested in the new Taipei manufacturing facility. With this new state of the art facility, OCZ’s manufacturing capacity has increased to accommodate demand for both enterprise and client OCZ SSDs, and with ISO 9001: 2008 certification, expands OCZ’s ability to manufacture the highest quality products that customers expect.
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Last Update 2012/7/4 16:49
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that its PCI Express (PCIe) SSD platform, featuring all Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD models and VXL software, accelerates virtualization of Microsoft’s cloud-ready SQL Server 2012 database. Providing enterprise, host-based flash performance and support for all virtualization capabilities, this combination of OCZ SSD hardware, with acceleration and virtualization software, is an optimal and cost-effective solution for the data access requirements of SQL Server 2012.
The combination of Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs and VXL software enables the full potential of SQL Server 2012 in virtualized data centers through the following key capabilities:
Delivers live, on-demand business data exploration and analysis by combining SQL Server 2012 xVelocity column store indexes with OCZ host-based flash virtualization and caching.Enables auto-detection, hot-zone caching that automatically identifies frequently accessed data pages within SQL Server 2012 to deliver on-host flash caching capabilities.Divides database file groups between virtualized all-flash drives, storage area network (SAN) drives, and flash-cached drives to deliver optimal performance and a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO).Places performance critical files (such as SQL Server 2012 tempDBs) on host-based flash while retaining network accessibility.Drives dynamic SQL Server 2012 VM migration from one server to another through VMware vMotion support, end-to-end mirroring, high availability (HA) and fault tolerance to server and flash failures.
VXL software enable Z-Drive R4 PCIe cards to be virtualized as a highly available network resource through its ‘SAN-less Data Center’ mode so that the flash can be exposed to any VM in the virtualized cluster without negating any of the virtualization capabilities of the hypervisor layer. This flash-only level performance sets the precedence for an all-silicon SAN-less data center that delivers all the benefits of virtualization without the need for costly backend HDD SANs.
"Our PCIe Z-Drives and VXL software distribute the flash between VMs based on need, making sure that no VM inefficiently occupies flash when it can be better used elsewhere in the SQL Server 2012 environment and that the flash cache itself is optimally used regardless of how many VMs are running concurrently," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "Even though the flash cache resource is located in one server, it can be shared across multiple servers making VXL the only fast cache and virtualization software that can deliver this unique capability, especially when VMs do not typically reach peak workload requirements concurrently."
OCZ’s successful fourth generation Z-Drive R4 PCIe card provides a compact, power-efficient solid-state solution that fits directly into a server’s PCI Express slot to increase server application performance while delivering fast and reliable access to data without burdening host CPU and memory resources. When combined with OCZ’s VXL software, any OCZ PCIe-based Z-Drive R4 model (including the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ™) enables the delivery of a complete virtual performance system for enterprise customers looking to efficiently distribute flash resources across VMs as a means to maximize performance of key applications. With the Z-Drive R4 PCIe cards deployed at the host layer of virtual servers, data access is not a limiting factor since VXL software can run up to 10 times the number of VMs and can keep up with the random IO requirements of all the VMs in the system.
For more information on how the combined OCZ hardware/software virtualization solution is optimized for MS SQL Server 2012 applications, dramatically increasing MS SQL Server transactional IOPS performance and query completion times, while reducing database read latencies, please access the following white paper, "Accelerating MS SQL 2012 with OCZ Flash Virtualization"
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Last Update 2012/7/4 16:45
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that Dynamite Data, a global leader of online retail channel intelligence, has selected OCZ’s Deneva 2 SATA III SSDs as part of its updated storage infrastructure. With the addition of Deneva 2 SSDs to its web-based comparative shopping service, Dynamite Data can now cache ‘hot’ data on SSD flash residing in a host server providing clients with unmatched critical, competitive and real-time insights on retail big data, with over 30 million extractions every day from merchants worldwide.
The excessive downloading of product comparisons and pricing scenarios by subscribers, in conjunction with loading database indexes at 30 to 50 million web pages per day, combined with general network I/O activity, caused considerable disk strain in Dynamite Data’s initial enterprise storage environment. Using conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) penalized system performance and caused disk I/O bottlenecks and latency delays. In addition, the MySQL comparative product databases did not adequately scale when stored in conventional HDDs and required additional drives to satisfy server workload demands, RAID redundancy (in the event of hard drive failures) and more power, cooling and maintenance costs, all of which drove up total cost of ownership (TCO).
As part of its recent IT refresh, Dynamite Data researched competitive enterprise SSDs for inclusion and selected Deneva 2 SSDs from OCZ. With the industry’s fastest transactional performance for SATA III-based drives, Deneva 2 SSDs deliver up to 80,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance (random 4K writes), a maximum bandwidth of 550 MB/s, and support up to 480GB capacities. Supporting best-in-class enterprise endurance and reliability, Deneva 2 SSDs include power loss data protection, minimal write amplification, intelligent block management and wear-leveling, security encryption, and advanced error correction code (ECC) algorithms and techniques.
Dynamite Data conducted a battery of tests on the Deneva 2 SSDs to gauge improvements in database performance and data access. The tests included generating excessive product comparisons and pricing downloads, loading millions of unstructured web buy pages into structured MySQL indexes, all while concurrently running general network I/O activity. In comparison to its original HDD storage configuration, the Deneva 2 SSDs delivered the following performance improvements:
430 percent improvement in read performance;400 percent improvement in write performance;420 percent improvement in total read/write performance; and430 percent improvement in the average number of MySQL queries handled per second.
“By configuring system level applications and database indexes on Deneva 2 SSDs, we eliminated the disk I/O bottlenecks our subscribers experienced in favor of solid-state flash storage that delivers significant and noticeable improvements in system application performance and access to comparative product information,” said Kristopher Kubicki, Chief Architect for Dynamite Data. “With this improved performance, scalability and endurance, the Deneva 2 SSDs will enable us to data warehouse even more web-based retail channel products while providing our subscribers with heightened experiences.”
“We are very pleased that Dynamite Data implemented our Deneva 2 SSDs into their refreshed enterprise enabling significantly faster access to database indexes and comparative product information,” said Alex Mei, CMO for OCZ Technology. “With three billion buy pages available globally, Dynamite Data’s objective to data warehouse all e-commerce products for its retail channel is now a reality with our SATA III-based SSDs added to the infrastructure.”
For more information on how Dynamite Data addressed the storage challenges it faced by upgrading its infrastructure to new and improved capabilities that deliver flash data caching into comparative shopping platforms, please access the following Dynamite Data case study link.
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Last Update 2012/7/4 16:43
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that its SAS-based Talos 2 SSDs will be showcased during Microsoft’s North American TechEd (technology education) conferences. With this partnership, TechEd participants will get a firsthand look at the upcoming Windows Server 2012 and how it delivers the enterprise-class storage capabilities that IT departments require. OCZ Talos 2 drives will be highlighted in various Windows Server 2012 demonstrations showing their leading application performance and data access, high endurance and reliability, seamless integration of 2.5-inch form factors, and true dual-ported SAS capabilities.
TechEd event is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education of Microsoft's current and future suite of products, solutions, and services, and utilizes hands-on learning, in-depth product exploration, and other opportunities that build relationships within the Microsoft community. TechEd begins June 11 in Orlando, Florida, and continues on to Europe in late June for IT professionals and developers to keep their fingers on the pulse of the latest Microsoft technologies and platforms. In conjunction with the TechEd events in North America and Europe, OCZ Talos 2 SSDs will be featured in a permanent demo display rack at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City.
Supporting a 6Gb/s SAS interface and available in up to 1TB capacities, Talos 2 SSDs are designed specifically for mixed workloads in enterprise environments and deliver the industry’s fastest random transactional performance up to 70,000 IOPS. Unlike many competing SAS-based SSDs, Talos 2 drives are dual-ported to provide two redundant data paths, and support OCZ’s DataWrite Assurance™ data protection in case of a sudden power loss adding to the product’s superior data integrity. Increased security and encryption features coupled with high endurance Multi-Level Cell (MLC) features such as advanced ECC protection and data recovery, minimal write amplification, intelligent block management and wear-leveling to help extend drive life for ultimate reliability and longevity.
“OCZ is very pleased to be a part of this leading technology conference and to partner with Microsoft in the development of upcoming products, while helping to drive SSD compatibility, encouraging SSD adoption over hard drives, and bolstering additional relationships with the latest Microsoft solution providers,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO for OCZ Technology. “This collaboration with Microsoft extends the benefits of our SSD technology to the Microsoft universe delivering superior application performance and data access for next-generation data centers.”
“We’re excited to see OCZ Technology Group build on Windows Server 2012 capabilities and demonstrate Talos 2 SSDs, at the Microsoft Partner Pavilion at Microsoft TechEd in Orlando, FL this week,” said Ian Carlson, director of Windows Server and Management product management at Microsoft.
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Last Update 2012/7/4 16:41
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, will showcase the Company's latest enterprise and client storage solutions at Computex 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan June 6 through June 9 at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC).
Continuing to demonstrate leadership in both the enterprise and consumer markets, OCZ will display a comprehensive lineup of its innovative SSD products. For business, server, and OEM clients, OCZ will showcase PCI Express (PCIe) SAN acceleration and replacement solutions, and unveil the impending Intrepid 3 SATA III SSD Series based on the Everest 2 architecture. Live demos at the booth will include both the current industry-leading Z-Drive R4 CloudServ™ PCIe SSD that delivers over one million IOPS, and the highly anticipated Z-Drive R5 Series based on the co-developed OCZ-Marvell Kilimanjaro platform that raises the bar in performance, reliability, and endurance. OCZ will also showcase the VXL Storage Accelerator software that enables large scale deployment of a virtualized environment for businesses to eliminate the need for costly tier-1 SANs in a wide range of enterprise IT infrastructures.
For client storage, OCZ will showcase the flagship Vertex 4 SATA III SSD, along with the upcoming ‘Lightfoot’ portable SSD designed with the Intel® Thunderbolt™ platform that excels in data transfer speeds and offers high capacity for multimedia professionals.
Join OCZ Technology at booth T203A in the TICC to see the latest SSD products designed for enterprise and client applications demanding maximized productivity, performance, and total cost of ownership (TCO).
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Last Update 2012/5/30 15:29
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled its new Agility 4 SSD series that delivers an ideal balance of 6Gbps SATA III interface speed, exceptional input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance, and enterprise-grade endurance and reliability all in a value-oriented SSD. Utilizing OCZ’s cutting-edge Indilinx Everest 2 controller platform (first introduced in the flagship Vertex 4 SSD series), Agility 4 SSDs offer a cost-effective alternative to other SATA III SSD solutions in the market making them ideal for mainstream entertainment, gaming, and mobile storage applications.
Powered by its Everest 2 controller platform, the Agility 4 excels in real-world compressible and incompressible workload performance. The series consistently delivers transfer rates of up to 400MB/s, and up to 85,000 random write IOPS.
In comparison to first generation Everest controller platform, the transactional performance of Everest 2 doubled under typical use case scenarios. Leveraging an industry-leading feature-set, the Agility 4 SSD series offers superior endurance and reliability without the need for internal data compression (that typically leads to decreased performance of ubiquitous files types). The dual core controller architecture also includes an advanced error correction code (ECC) engine, dynamic wear-leveling, auto encryption, and Indilinx Ndurance™ 2.0 technology that addresses and overcomes specific shortcomings of NAND flash memory to extend flash life well beyond the manufacturer’s rated program and erase cycle specifications.
“For mainstream storage applications, there is no product better suited in the industry than our Agility 4 SSDs, providing the ultimate in access speed, application performance, endurance and reliability, at price points that most cost-conscious users will find appealing,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “As mobile users and applications continue to grow, adding to the deluge of data being generated on a daily basis, our Agility 4 SSD series provide great IOPS performance at a reasonable price enabling the user experience to be heightened especially for video streaming, music, photos, gaming, and online transaction processing (OLTP).”
With the incredible responsiveness and reliability benefits that OCZ SSDs offer over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), the Agility 4 is ideal for mobile and desktop users seeking exceptional speed and endurance at an exceptional cost per gigabyte. Available in a boot-drive sized 64GB model, up to 512GB capacity for mass storage, Agility 4 SSD solutions are backed by a 3-year warranty and will be available through OCZ’s global channel.
For more information on the Agility 4 Series, please visit our product page here.
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