OCZ Debuts New Line of Enterprise SSDs

By Stuart J. Johnston

OCZ Technology Group this week introduced a new line of solid-state drives (SSD) created especially for enterprise customers.

Dubbed the Deneva 2, the line is designed for use in servers, for cloud computing applications, and in corporate datacenters, according to OCZ (NASDAQ: OCZ) statements.

The Deneva 2 line of SSDs provides enterprise-oriented features such as a 6 gigabits per second SATA interface, as well as data protection during power loss conditions, and advanced encryption with error-correcting code.

It also provides minimal write amplification, intelligent block management, and wear-leveling for a longer operational lifecycle, the company said.

"Deneva 2 SSDs are optimized for high-volume storage applications, offer industry-leading reliability, and leverage the latest NAND and controller technology to deliver superior performance," Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group, said in a statement.

For storage, the Deneva 2 series uses enterprise-grade multi-level cell (eMLC) NAND flash technology, OCZ's statement said.

The Deneva 2 line is built on SandForce's SF-2000 SSD processors, which enable the SSDs to perform as many as 80,000 4 KB random write input/output operations per second (IOPS) and to deliver bandwidth of up to 550 MB per second.

In contrast, OCZ's previous generation of enterprise SSDs -- the Deneva line -- can perform as many as 50,000 random write IOPS and delivers up to 285 MB per second of bandwidth.

Also like its previous generation, the Deneva 2 comes in 2.5, 3.5, and 1.8 inch form factors and is designed to be used in high density computing environments, including blade servers, the statement said.

The Deneva 2 line, which is shipping this week, is available in a range of sizes from 64 GB to 512 GB, a company spokesperson told InternetNews.com.

Pricing depends on a number of factors, the spokesperson said. However, the Deneva 2 line starts at around $2.50 per gigabyte. For instance, a 480 GB Deneva 2 SSD costs approximately $1,200.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on June 22, 2011