by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Introduces NVMe Z-Drive 6000 PCIe SSD Series

Today OCZ Storage Solutions introduced a new series of SSDs that combine NVMe technology and PCIe Gen 3 technology, the Z-Drive 6000 series. The new SSD series is all about performance and capacity. The Z-drive 6000 series is highly flexible as well, with multiple configurations supporting a variety of form factors, capacity points, and endurance ratings.

NVM Express is a scalable PCIe host controller interface designed to achieve high performance via a streamlined register interface and command set for both enterprise and client systems. NVMe is continuing to be adopted by several storage vendors and is expected to both offer faster, strong flash storage and improve PCIe SSD deployments over the next five years. The Z-drive 6000 portfolio utilizes NVMe to reduce latency to consistent and predictable levels, enable much higher throughput, and sustained high transfer speeds. This performance makes the new portfolio well suited for compute-intensive, analytical, online transactional and cloud-based enterprise applications.

The new portfolio comes in three types for three specific needs. The Z-Drive 6000 SFF Series for read-intensive applications. The Z-Drive 6300 SFF Series for mixed workload applications. The Z-Drive 6300 AIC Series for mixed workload applications. The 6300AIC Series supports Height/Half-Length add-in card form factors. The performance delivered by the portfolio fulfills the requirements for enterprise-class centralized storage systems, server caching applications, and virtualized applications.

OCZ also states that their new portfolio will support dual port capabilities in the future. With dual port capability two hosts to access to the same drive allowing redundancy inside the host. The Z-Drive 6000 series also supports hot-swapping, pre-set power thresholds, and temperature throttling.

Z-Drive 6000 Series specifications:

  • Usable Capacity: 800GB/1.6TB/3.2TB
  • NAND: Toshiba A19nm MLC
  • Interface: NVMe 1.1b Gen 3 x4
  • Form factor: 2.5” 15mm
  • Performance
    • Sequential Read 128KB: 2200MB/s / 2900MB/s / 2900MB/s
    • Sequential Write 128KB: 1300 MB/s / 1900 MB/s / 1900 MB/s
    • Random Read 4KB: 600K IOPS / 700K IOPS / 700K IOPS
    • Random Write 4KB: 115K IOPS / 160K IOPS / 160K IOPS
    • Read latency: 80us
    • Write latency: 25us
    • Endurance: 1 DWPD
    • Data Retention (@ EOL, power removed): 1 year
    • MTBF: 2 million hours
  • Product life: 5 Years Service and Support
  • Power Loss Protection
  • Power Consumption
    • Active: 25W
    • Idle: 9W
  • Temperature
    • Operating: 0 to 70
    • Non-operating: -45 to 85

Z-Drive 6300 Series specifications:

  • Usable Capacity: 800GB/1.6TB/3.2TB/6.4TB
  • NAND: Toshiba A19nm eMLC
  • Interface: NVMe 1.1b Gen 3 x4
  • Form factor: 2.5” 15mm; HHHL
  • Performance
    • Sequential Read 128KB: 2200MB/s / 2900MB/s / 2900MB/s
    • Sequential Write 128KB: 1000 MB/s / 1400 MB/s / 1400 MB/s
    • Random Read 4KB: 600K IOPS / 700K IOPS / 700K IOPS
    • Random Write 4KB: 75K IOPS / 120K IOPS / 120K IOPS
    • Read latency: 80us
    • Write latency: 30us
    • Endurance: 3 DWPD
    • Data Retention (@ EOL, power removed): 3 Months
    • MTBF: 2 million hours
  • Product life: 5 Years Service and Support
  • Power Loss Protection
  • Power Consumption
    • Active: 25W
    • Idle: 9W
  • Temperature
    • Operating: 0 to 70
    • Non-operating: -45 to 85

Availability

OCZ is currently sampling its Z-Drives with key customers and partners. The Z-Drive 6000 SFF Series is expected in the second quarter of 2015. The Z-Drive 6300 SFF Series 800GB to 3.2TB are also expected in the second quarter of 2015 with the 6.4TB capacity is expected later this year. And the Z-Drive 6300 AIC Series is expected to be available in the second half of 2015.

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