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OCZ launch PCI-E Z-Drive R4 SSD range

Solid state storage specialist OCZ has unveiled the Z-Drive R4 PCI express solid state drive which is capable of transfer rates of 2,800MB/sec.

The extreme performance PCI-E Z-Drive R4s are aimed at the enterprise market, specifically ‘big data and cloud computing’.

The single SuperScale controller version is good for an astounding 500,000 IOPS while the dual controller version manages 1.2 million IOPS and an almost unimaginable 5,600MB/sec transfer rate.

The Z-Drive R4 is available in two standard configurations: a half height version designed for space constrained 1U servers and multi-node rackmount servers, and a full height version. Both configurations support single-level cell (SLC) or multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory.

"The demand for higher performing PCIe-attached solid state storage continues to grow, and our new Z-Drive R4 represents an increased focus from OCZ to meet the needs of its enterprise and data center clients; it also represents a turning point in the evolution of PCIe SSDs," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group

Since the range of configurations is broad and the clientele are likely to be enterprise customers, OCZ didn’t provide any pricing. Suffice to say if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

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