While the talk of breakneck SSD speeds often dominates the headlines, there's still a robust market of buyers looking for SSDs that perform well but are a little more gentle on the budget. The OCZ Agility 3 and Solid 3 are two options designed for this market. While less expensive, OCZ didn't skimp, both use a SATA 6Gb/s interface and leverage the new SandForce SF-2200 family of processors.
Seagate has announced plans to update their Barracuda XT 3TB line of hard drives with three 1TB platters (625 Gigabits per square inch), replacing the current build of five 600GB platters. Seagate’s line of GoFlex Desktop external hard drives will be the first to feature the new platter configuration. GoFlex products are being refreshed soon to feature the new three-platter Barracuda XT. Bare drives are expected to be available in the middle of this year.
Today OCZ announced the new VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD, powered by four SandForce SF-1565 processors. The VeloDrive is aimed at enterprise users who demand very fast speeds and scalability, which this product delivers on in all counts. The VeloDrive supports both hardware and software RAID modes and can be deployed in most servers with its low-profile design. It also has minimal system resource hit and a very small DRAM footprint.