by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Launches Enterprise Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD

Update 3/9/2012: OCZ Z-Drive R4 Enterprise Review

OCZ has launched their latest enterprise-class PCIe SSD, the Z-Drive R4. Packing up to eight SandForce SF-2282 processors, the Z-Drive R4 is able to channel upwards of 5,600MB/s and 1.2M IOPS when equipped with two OCZ SuperScale storage controllers. With a growing popularity in cloud-based storage solutions, OCZ is aiming to position the PCIe interface as the leading standard for tier-one storage solutions utilizing their 2nd-generation Virtualized Controller Architecture.

OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD

At the heart of the new Z-Drive R4 is the VCA 2.0, the same interface also found in the consumer RevoDrive 3 X2 we reviewed last month. This virtualization layer adds standard SCSI commands over the PCIe interface, enabling SMART as well as TRIM/SCSI Unmap support. Fully supporting power fail protection, the VCA lets users enable data recovery and non-stop modes with IntegRecover allowing full enterprise-class data integrity.

The Z-Drive R4 will be available in two configurations; half-height for 1U servers, and full-height for larger systems. Both will feature either SLC or MLC NAND depending on specific user requirements.

RM88 (Full-Height) Specifications

  • Available in 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB configurations
  • MLC NAND Flash
  • PCI Express Gen. 2 x8
  • PCIe full height, 3/4 length compliant
  • OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller
  • NAND Controller: 8 x SSD Processors
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 242 x 98.4 x 17.14 mm
  • Weight: 283g
  • Power Consumption: 23W Idle, 26W Active
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C

RM84 (Half-Height) Specifications

  • Available in 300GB, 600GB, and 1.2TB configurations
  • MLC NAND Flash
  • PCI Express Gen. 2 x8
  • PCIe half height, half length compliant
  • OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller
  • NAND Controller: 4 x SSD Processors
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 168.55 x 68.91 x 17.14 mm
  • Weight: 131g
  • Power Consumption: 14.5W Idle, 16W Active
  • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C

RM88 Max Performance Data

  • Read: Up to 2800MB/s
  • Write: Up to 2800MB/s
  • Random 4k Write: 410,000 IOPS
  • Max IOPS: 500,000

RM 84 Max Performance

  • Read: Up to 2000MB/s
  • Write: Up to 2000MB/s
  • Random 4k Write: 250,000 IOPS
  • Max IOPS: 260,000

Additional Specifications

  • OCZ VCA 2.0 Architecture
  • TRIM/SCSI unmap (requires OS support)
  • Power Fail Protection with DataWrite Assurance Technology
  • Encryption: 128-bit & 256-bit AES-compliant
  • ECC Recovery
  • SMART support w/ enterprise attributes
  • MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Linux Red Hat Enterprise 6.1

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