OCZ and Levyx Team for SSD-based Big Data Processing

By Pedro Hernandez

Solid-state drive (SSD) maker OCZ and Levyx, an Irvine, Calif.-based software company, are partnering to bring enterprises high-performance, real-time data processing capabilities minus the price tag of in-memory processing systems.

In-memory systems use massive amounts of expensive but blazingly fast Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) to bypass comparatively slower storage subsystems and networks, making short work of big data analytics workloads. Companies like Teradata and Oracle produce in-memory hardware systems that speed up business intelligence and analytics applications.

Toshiba-owned OCZ – the ailing flash storage provider was acquired in late 2013 -- and Levyx believe that they can extend the same performance enhancing benefits using commodity server hardware, lower-cost PCIe SSDs and some software.

"As demand for immediate I/O responses in Big Data environments continues to increase, our ultra-low latency software paired with high-performance SSDs represent a better and more cost-effective alternative to traditional scale-out architectures that rely heavily on DRAM-constrained systems," said Levyx CEO and co-founder Reza Sadri, in a statement.

Levyx's software "allows enterprises to process 100s of millions of queries per second on commodity servers, at a fraction of the cost of other high-speed data processing approaches," according to the company. "Levyx leverages the performance of multiple core processors, the unique attributes of persistent storage media like solid-state drives, and all of the latest hardware innovations" without affecting an organization's existing storage infrastructure, boasts the firm on its website.

Mark Hayashida, senior director of Enterprise Solutions Architecture for OCZ Storage Solutions, noted in a statement that the software "effectively pushes SSDs into the memory hierarchy where system performance is greatly enhanced, expansion and maintenance costs are reduced, and system contention and network latency are also lowered," said Mark Hayashida, Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions Architecture for OCZ Storage Solutions.

OCZ is contributing its Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSD portfolio to the cause.

Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSDs are available in capacities of 800 GB, 1.6 TB and 3.2 TB. The full-height, half-length cards are packed with 19 nanometer Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash chips. Read performance tops 2,900 megabytes (MB) per second while writes can reach up to 2,200 MB per second. Input/output operation per second (IOPS) read and write performance (4K block) is rated at up to 252,000 IOPS and 76,000 IOPS, respectively.

Hayashida expects that the collaboration will help inform OCZ's future products. "The Levyx project is exciting to be part of as the Z-Drive 4500 test results will help us gain valuable insight into this new usage model for the next-generation PCIe-based SSDs we develop," he remarked.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on February 11, 2015