- editor mentions on StorageSearch.com , OCZ's
Editor:- September 29, 2015 - OCZ was ranked
#3 in the Q2
2015 edition of the
Top SSD Companies List
which is researched and published by StorageSearch.com
|Editor:- January 30, 2014 - despite all the
kerfuffel surrounding the stability of OCZ's finances in Q4 2013 (and
maybe to some extent lifted by renewed fascination in the company as an
acquisition prospect) OCZ's rank in the Q4 2013 edition of the
Top SSD Companies List
which is researched and published by StorageSearch.com
(and which is based on SSD reader search volume) - rose 5 places in the
quarter to #8.|
OCZ's highest historic rank in these lists was
#4 - which was reached in
the past few years OCZ's rank in these SSD lists has always been higher than
that of Toshiba - even
though OCZ entered the SSD market 2 years later than the company which ended up
This disparity in rank (a lower ranked SSD company
buying a higher ranked one) has often been the relative picture in
The guys with more money buy the guys with desirable SSD IP.
was ranked #9 in Q1
2008 - when it first entered the Top 10 List - at which time the
numbered only about 70 companies.
Who's who in SSD? - OCZ Storage Solutions
by by Zsolt Kerekes,
January 22, 2014 - The new OCZ - starts out in a strong competitive
position - as it not only inherits a well established enterprise SSD business
(which I discussed in an
article in November
2013) - but it sheds many of the disadvantages which limited the revenue
scalability of the old OCZ entity in the year leading up to its bankruptcy.
advantages which the new OCZ will benefit from include:-
- less constrained future access to
flash memory for its SSDs
The old OCZ suffered from allocation and cost issues related to its
perceived riskiness as a flash customer.
- strengthening of the
brand was already very strong in the SSD market. But for some customers
in enterprise and embedded markets - there would always be an element of doubt
about the long term roadmaps due to instabilities in the SSD market. Now as
part of the long established Toshiba group of companies - many users will be
happy to temporarily set such concerns aside - and focus more on the individual
merits of particular products and their technical suitability .
- access to more flash
and SSD IP.
acquisition in the
SSD market is different - early indications are that OCZ could become a
launch pad for integrating and expanding some of Toshiba's legacy SSD assets
into bigger markets - especially in the enterprise segments.
|editor's introductory comments:- October
OCZ entered the SSD market in
March 2008 and
has been in StorageSearch's
top SSD companies lists
In Q3 2013 OCZ was ranked #13.
ever rank was
#4 first achieved in
Q2 2012 and then
maintained upto Q4
In the 1st half of 2012 OCZ's peak quarterly SSD revenue
exceeded $100 million / quarter. And it looked like the company's fast rate of
growth was unstoppable. But soon after the company revealed that its revenue
recording systems had been flawed and that most of the company's sales of
consumer SSDs were unprofitable. That led to a major re-organization in the
company lasting over a year - during which time the company slimmed down its
product lines to reduce its reliance on the consumer market - and shift more
focus onto its enterprise SSDs.
In recent quarters enterprise SSDs
have accounted for between 40% and 50% approx of the company's revenue.
product lines still include leading and notable SSD products in these
segments:- PCIe SSDs,
consumer SSDs and
|"At some stage I think the company (OCZ) is going to have to
decide what markets it's really in - and exit the least profitable segments"
- editor's comments July 6, 2011 - the Top 20 SSD OEMs - in
|Editor:- November 5, 2012 - re OCZ - the new
/ short version.|
Even before the recent events which have forced
the need for a change of CEO, reorganization and sharper business focus within
OCZ - it's been clear for the past year that OCZ has become a significant
factor in the enterprise
SSD component market - especially in the customer segment which I called -
dark matter (hard
to reach but potentially big SSD customers) - and small to medium size oems -
because OCZ's sales culture made the company's products easier to acquire and
design into new apps (for this type of customer) than alternative enterprise
SSDs from Micron,
reading and interpretation of what's going on now is that OCZ's enterprise
PCIe SSDs line and related software will most likely remain at the heart of the
product line because there's a market gap for a company like OCZ which is easier
to do business with if you're a smaller or medium size oem customer.
Who's who in SSD?
editor - November 25, 2011
(deep breath and begin)...
are 1 of many companies in the
market, 1 of more than 100 companies in the
2.5" SSD market, 1
of more than 40 companies in the
PCIe SSD market, 1 of
30 companies in the SSD
controller and IP market... 1 of (soon to be hundreds) of companies in the
auto-tiering SSD market,
an innovator in the hybrid
SSD market - (but I haven't finished yet - good job I took in that deep
breath at the start) - OCZ also make SSDs with
USB interfaces... And they
are also in the top 20
SSD companies and fastest
SSDs lists too. (Phew!)
I could have made this list longer.
I could have made it shorter by writing about the complementary market sets.
For example - I could have said - "OCZ doesn't sell
FC SAN SSDs or
hard military SSDs."
then I would have had to add an important qualifier at the end. - "Yet".
And then maybe added - "As far as I know."
are involved in so many segments of the SSD market it's hard to keep up - even
though the company and its products are very accessible.
with OCZ is like tracking about 20 other SSD companies - if I blink - I find
they're in another market.
Can all these SSD market experiments
No single company can be best at
everything. But OCZ do make it easy to buy their products and they have wide
visibility into which SSD segments are hot for business and which are not.
I'd guess they understand the comparative attractions of these SSD market
segments better than most
SSD analysts -
because OCZ is right in there in the shopping cart - so they don't have to wait
to read what's been selling in the past quarter in market research
reports published by the usual
It looks to me that OCZ are spinning the handles in many parallel
SSD market slot machines. If there are going to be any winners - they'll
be among the first to know. And if a segment looks like a loser - OCZ
knows where it can get a better game.
To conclude - I'll use the
summary I wrote recently in my Q3 2011 top SSD companies roundup.
there is a science to the art of selling and pragmatically marketing SSDs -
then OCZ is the master of it..."
I currently talk to
more than 300 makers of SSDs and another 100 or so companies which are
closely enmeshed around the SSD ecosphere - which are all profiled here on
the mouse site.
I learn about new SSD companies every day, including
many in stealth mode. If you're interested in the growing
big picture of
the SSD market canvass - StorageSearch will help you along the way. Many
SSD company CEOs read our site too - and say they value our thought leading SSD
content - even when we say something that's not always comfortable to hear. I
hope you'll find it it useful too.
|"In March 2008 -
OCZ entered the SSD market with the launch of its first 2.5" flash
SSD - taking the number of SSD oems listed on StorageSearch.com at that time to
Rise of the SSD Market|
In March 2009 -
OCZ unveiled a
PCIe SSD at
MLC flash and has
capacity of 1TB. But soon after:- OCZ disclosed that the sustained write
speed is a mere 200MB/s - which is 4x slower than single slot PCIe SSDs
Texas Memory Systems.
- OCZ unveiled new
SATA flash SSDs for MacBooks. OCZ also published
list of MacBooks which the company says are compatible.
compatible SSDs. Aimed at
notebooks OCZ miniPCI-E options include:- 16GB or 32GB capacity, and 2
models - have R/W speeds 110MB/s and 51MB/s respectively .
models - have R/W speeds 45MB/s and 35MB/s respectively.
In May 2009 -
SATA SSDs -
Summit Series - with 200MB/s sustained write and 250GB capacity.
not the fastest SSDs
in the industry, they are more than 2x as fast as OCZ's Core series
launched less than a year before.
In July 2009 -
OCZ was ranked #12 - just
outside the Top 10 SSD
companies - Q2 2009 - in the 9th quaterly edition of this popular feature
based on search volume.
Also in July 2009 -
faster versions of its
SATA flash SSDs. By increasing the internal cache speed by 8% the Vertex
Turbo now delivers read and write speeds clocking in at up to 270MB/s read and
210MB/s write. These are fast for
consumer SSDs -
but see the
fastest SSDs list
for much faster devices.
In November 2009 -
it will launch a new SAS
SSD family based on SSD
SoCs from SandForce
which will probably be shown at CES in
Also in November 2009 -Symwave
its USB 3.0 controller
has been designed into a new
flash SSD by
OCZ - which will be shown
at CES in January 2010.
In March 2010 -
it's shipping a 32GB 2.5"
SSD for under $100.
R/W speeds are
unremarkable - at a mere 125MB/s and 70MB/s respectively - but the main point
of this launch - according to OCZ's CEO, Ryan Petersen - was to
publicize the price
point and show what the company is doing "to make SSDs more affordable
Editor's comments:- You get exactly what
you pay for in
SSD pricing. The
big problem is knowing what you want. OCZ's new
is a very low capacity, slowish
which is unsuitable
for server apps. But it does appear to be a good price today according
comparison. (It may not look so good later.)
Also in March 2010 -
has closed $15
million in funding to support its growing SSD business.
OCZ launched the
R2 - a bootable PCIe
MLC SSD with upto 2TB capacity and upto 950MB/s sustained write throughput.
R/W IOPS are
29,000 and 7,200 respectively - an order of magnitude slower than the fastest
PCIe SSDs today - but nevertheless useful for many applications - unlike the
original Z-Drive (March 2009) which so slow that it couldn't be regarded as a
In June 2010 -
OCZ unveiled the RevoDrive
PCIe SSD with R/W
speeds up to 540MB/s and 530MB/s respectively and 75,000
2010 - the architectural weak points of
OCZ's early PCIe SSDs were
criticised in an interview with
CEO published on StorageSearch.com.
In August 2010 -
plans to wind down its commodity
DRAM business and focus
more resources on SSDs
- OCZ achieved its best
ever listing in the quarterly
top 10 SSD oems list
based on SSD search volume in Q3 2010.
Also - in the same month -
2nd generation version of its
- a bootable legacy
PCIe SSD with R/W
speeds up to 740MB/s and and 120,000
uses 4x SandForce
In November 2010
- StorageSearch.com learned from reliable sources that
OCZ has acquired
intellectual property assets from
Solid Data Systems.
OCZ announced it had
signed a definitive agreement to acquire
Indilinx for for
approximately $32 million of OCZ common stock.
In June 2011 -
OCZ was one of several
compatible companies named in
FlashSoft's launch of
its auto tiering SSD
In August 2011 -
PCIe SSD - the
RevoDrive Hybrid - which integrates 100GB SSD capacity along with an onboard 1TB
SSD ASAP / auto hot spot
cache tuning controller capable of 910MB/s peak throughput and upto random
write 120,000 IOPS (4K) at an MSRP under $500. This was reviewed later (Oct
2011) in an
in HotHardware.com .
In September 2011
is supplying custom 7.5mm high 128GB SATA SSDs which use its Indilinx
Everest SSD controller to LG for use in its in
OCZ also launched its
Cache Series 2.5" SATA SSDs for Windows 7 environments. The new SSDs
(64GB / 128GB, R/W speeds upto 510/550MB/s, 80,000 IOPS) integrate
cache / SSD ASAP
software to dynamically manage the SSD in conjunction with standard
hard disk drives. When
used to support a pre-existing terabyte hard drive - the overall performance for
popular PC benchmar tasks can be 4x to 6x faster - as the
software learns the where the hot data is for that user's PC - according to
benchmarks and data in
related white paper (pdf)
. No data migration or OS installation is required.
In October 2011
OCZ agreed to
UK Design Team
(approximately 40 engineers located in Abingdon) and certain assets from
PLX Technology which will
enable OCZ to accelerate the development of its next generation of fast SSDs -
while also reducing development costs.
In November 2011 -
OCZ launched 2 new models
in their full height PCIe SSD range - aimed at the Windows consumer market -
3 Max IOPS (120GB to 480GB costs $549-$1,399) and
3 X2 Max (240GB to 960GB costs $849-$2,499) with 4KB random write
performance of up to 245,000
R/W rates upto 1,900MB/s and 1,725MBs/ respectively.
OCZ also started sampling
dual port 6Gbps
SAS SSDs in a smaller
form factor - the
2 SAS SSD provides upto 70,000 4K
(75R/25W) and upto 1TB capacity in
only available in 3.5"
In December 2011 -
revenue for the past quarter (ended November 30) to be in the range $100
and $105 million - an increase of approximately 90% compared to the
year ago quarter and a 30% increase compared to the immediately preceding
quarter. The company attributed much of this to its growing traction in the
enterprise SSD market.
In January 2012 -
now demonstrating at the Storage
Visions 2012 Conference new
PCIe SSDs - which use
jointly developed with Marvell
(instead of - as in previous models - controllers from
has acquired SANRAD for
In February 2012 -
imminent shipments of new high capacity
PCIe SSDs optimized
for cloud apps. The
R4 CloudServ (which uses 16x
SandForce 2581 SSD
processors) has up to 16TB of storage capacity on a single full height
card and is supported by auto-caching
SSD ASAP fuctionality
(based on the acquisition of SANRAD's
VXL) and OCZ's
which together enable host migrations without loss of performance or
interruption of service.
In April 2012 -
OCZ launched what the
company says - is the industry's
2.5" SATA MLC SSD
family (across a range of apps) - the
4 (based on OCZ's own
regular RAM cache
Everest 2 controller) delivers 95K / 85K random
blocks) and 535 MB/s throughput.
In March 2013 -
the general availability of
1.3 (SSD software) -
which enables PCIe SSD
flash volumes (on the company's
Z-Drive R4) to be
virtualized and synchronously mirrored, so they are continuously available to
support HA and
FT services from within the virtualized host without the need for any
back-end SAN or storage
In July 2013 -
the general availability of its
Accelerator - an SSD
ASAP appliance - delivered as a PCIe SSD (600GB, 800GB or 1.6TB) and
bundled software - which optimizes caching of SQL Server data in Windows
environments - and can provide upto 25x faster database performance.
October 2013 -
OCZ announced that its
filings had restored the compliance into compliance for its listing on NASDAQ.
2014 - Toshiba
details of how OCZ
Storage Solutions (which was based on the recently acquired assets of OCZ
Technology Group) will operate within the Toshiba Group of Companies. The
new OCZ Storage Solutions, under the continuing direction of CEO Ralph Schmitt
- will leverage Toshiba's NAND and combine it with the company's proprietary
controllers, firmware and software to provide both client and enterprise
customers with innovative and cost-effective SSD solutions.
2014 - OCZ announced it was sampling a new 2.5" hot swappable
enterprise PCIe SSD - the Z-Drive 6000 - a native PCIe 3.0 NVMe 1.1 solution -
which the company said - "provides industry-leading IOPS per dollar".
| "One petabyte of
enterprise SSD could replace 10 to 50 petabytes of raw HDD storage in the
enterprise - and still run all the apps faster and at lower cost."|
|meet Ken and the SSD
||Editor:- my very short list of useful
SSD videos includes
this one from OCZ
(Feb 2012) which demonstrates
vs HDD in a VDI bootstorm. It illustrates how fast virtual desktops
power up - on the SAN - when 1/2 are connected to HDDs and the other 1/2 are
accelerated via one of the company's Z-drive PCIe SSDs. |
is published by
|OCZ does that 3rd
generation SSD firmware cloud thing (but gives it a better name)|
|Editor:- October 16, 2015 - It's no longer just
the newcomers to the enterprise SSD market who are doing that 3rd generation /
co-operative (whatever you want to call it) SSD controller firmware and host
stack collaboration thing. |
OCZ this week announced
they're doing it too.
It's available in the
Saber 1000 (2.5"
cloud oriented, read mostly SSDs). And they've got a better name for it too - "Host
Managed SSD Technology".
"Our new Saber HMS SSD, together
with a software library and API, enable for the first time (in OCZ's product
line) software orchestration of internal housekeeping tasks across large pools
of SSDs, thus overcoming performance barriers that were simply not possible to
address without this technology" said Oded Ilan, GM of OCZ's R&D
Team in Israel.
"With HMS APIs, a host can coordinate garbage
collection, log dumps, and drive geometry data" (and graphics too) in
OCZ's HMS product
|OCZ's new 3TB 2.5" hot
swap NVMe SSDs|
May 20, 2015 - OCZ
today revealed more details about the new models shipping in its NVMe
compatible PCIe SSD family - which was first announced last
had already heard before these new models include 2.5" hot swappable
Today OCZ said this model - the
Z-Drive 6300 SFF
will be available with usable capacities of 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB (in
this quarter) followed by 6.4TB (later this year).
performance is upto 2.9GB/s and 1.4GB/s respectively. Random R/W
700K IOPS and 120K IOPS. Latencies are 30s (write) and 80s (read).
options are 1 or 3 DWPD.
availability and reliability features
The new Z-Drive 6000 models
are dual ported so that 2 host systems can concurrently access the same SSD.
Additionally, the Z-Drive 6000 Series supports hot swapping of 2.5"
drives, pre-set power thresholds and temperature throttling to support many
types of enterprise ecosystems.
Editor's comments:- for various reasons to do with a
combination of standardization
efforts and changes
of ownership for nearly every major enterprise PCIe SSD company in the
market - you've had to wait 3 years since the idea of this kind of product was
first discussed seriously on
these pages and at
What has become clear to systems architects is that these
new products offer far more flexibility in their roles than merely performance
upgrades to high end SAS
SSDs and traditional storage arrays.
Among other things these new
types of products will enable lower cost mini SSD server clustering at
PCIe latencies which will spur growth in the SDS market. At the high end - they
could become the new building blocks inside the world's most powerful computer
|SSD Guru and Vector 180
from OCZ (and some random thoughts about product naming conventions)|
|Editor:- March 25, 2015 - We live in a world
where it's pointless buying a phone unless you are prepared to develop and hone
your SysAdmin skills - so I shouldn't be surprised by the growing number of
software utilities aimed at the consumer SSD market. |
An aptly named
such product -
SSD Guru (not be confused with
SSD market gurus)
- appeared in an email today from OCZ - which plays a
role for the company's "next generation"
Vector 180 SSD (a
performance optimized SATA
SSD) aimed at "gamers, enthusiasts and workstation users."
comments:- re that "next generation" tag line - as I'm not
familiar with the numbering system OCZ uses for its SSDs - I'm not sure whether
this is OCZ's 180th consumer SSD (that seems a bit low by my count) or
whether this is OCZ's 18th consumer SSD generation (that seems too high).
If I get a helpful note of what the "180" means - I'll add
a note here later.
the problem with numbers
read about so many products and suppliers - I do sometimes miss obvious
For example - it took me about 11 years to recognize that the
numbers in TMS's
rackmount SSD systems (the
had been incrementing by 100 every year or so - each time they included a
new generation of controllers or memory. Which did make sense when it was
explained to me.
And it looks like
maintaining that tradition. What comes next? (after 900?) - numbers are the
easiest part of the SSD guessing game. It's
what could be
inside the next box we're
not so hot at
schemes do run into problems after enough time has elapsed as we've seen
many times in computer history.
CPUs give us some clues - as they
were the primary apps acceleration technology before SSDs.
went (with some detours) to 286, 386, and 486 and then morphed into
- which (unlike numbers) could be a registered trademark.
numbers and then added words.
SSD product names have many
But - going back to numbers.
The problem with
numbers is when they get too long (due to the longevity of the product family)
you have to recycle them - which makes it confusing for old people who saw them
the first time around.
And (I know it may be unfair to say this about
product marketers) but sometimes you get the vague feeling - particularly in
more slowly evolving markets like autos - that the names and the numbers and
the colors have changed. But inside everything that matters still remains
exactly the same as it was before.
PS - in another announcement
today - OCZ said it now has a higher capacity version of its fast enough
enterprise 2.5" SATA SSD family. The new
3700 SSD - has 2TB capacity, R/W speeds upto 540MB/s and 470MB/s
(128KB blocks) and 91K / 13K random
(4KB blocks) .
|how reliable are consumer
new data from OCZ
|Editor:- February 12, 2015 - OCZ recently published
data about the reliability of its
past generations of consumer SSDs. |
OCZ says that the SSDs it has
shipping since it has been a
Toshiba group company (and
using Toshiba's flash) are about 40x more reliable than OCZ's popular
consumer SSDs were about 4 years before. And part of the story is also changes
|OCZ samples hot swap,
fast 2.5" NVMe SSDs|
|Editor:- September 9, 2014 - OCZ
it will begin imminent sampling of a new
swappable enterprise PCIe SSD - the Z-Drive 6000 - a native PCIe 3.0
NVMe 1.1 solution - which the company says "provides industry-leading
IOPS per dollar".
It has a SFF-8639 connector, internal
data protection, "consistent low
latency", and encryption.
OCZ also unveiled a new
SATA SSD aimed at
cloud markets - the
Saber 1000 - which uses OCZ's Barefoot 3 controller and
19nm nand flash memory.
Editor's comments:- Although OCZ
demonstrated the SSD industry's first working 3.5" PCIe SSD prototype 4
years ago - in August
2010 - the company didn't follow through to establish an early lead in its
natural successor - the 2.5" enterprise PCIe market.
reason for that loss of momentum was financial problems at OCZ which for a
few years weighed against introducing new products which didn't have
immediate profitable markets.
Now, however, with OCZ having been
almost a year as a Toshiba group company - the small form factor enterprise
NVMe market looks like a natural fit for OCZ - as an extension of its long
running conventional form factor PCIe SSD accelerator business and SAS SSD
|OCZ announces availability
of ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5|
|Editor:- July 15, 2014 - OCZ this week announced
1.5 of its ZD-XL SQL Accelerator (PCIe SSD and caching software bundle) the
beta version of which was announced in
- flash Buffer Pool Extension (BPE) support
- better granularity of database files that need to be accelerated - than
Small system performance? - Internal testing performed by OCZ
delivered over one million TPMs for a sample of 50 virtual users when ZD-XL SQL
Accelerator 1.5 was located in the same server as the SQL application.
- remote flash services - enables remote network connected blade servers
to access cached PCIe flash storage using OCZ's proprietary Direct Pass Caching
larger enterprises/data centers that use ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 in a
traditional HA SAN storage environment, the embedded software can cache large
database files from the SAN onto server-side flash either locally or remotely -
with 5x speedups (compared to native HDD SAN performance) being
Editor's comments:- This product is aimed at
the same applications as Violin's
Flash Array (WFA)
The main differences are:-
- OCZ has been selling into the entry level enterprise SQL
acceleration market as a business focus for much longer than Violin (years
rather than months).
In contrast - Violin's history has been mostly as
a very high performance SSD supplier - and until recently Violin only
encountered small SSD applications as departmental use cases within big SSD
- With Violin's WFA you get an integrated system - but have to buy the
servers from Violin.
SQL Accelerator 1.5 case studies and white papers
- With OCZ's ZD-XL SQL Accelerator - you have the freedom to use any servers
you like - as long as they have enough spare slots to install the PCIe SSD
cards. But you have to know a bit more about what you're doing - and the
performance is unique to your system.
|OCZ launches Z-Drive 4500|
WXL caching PCIe SSD
|Editor:- March 4, 2014 - OCZ is still using LSI's
SandForce SSD controllers
SF-2582 enterprise SATA (pdf)) in its newest PCIe SSD - the
Z-Drive 4500 Series
today - which has upto 3.2TB of usable
19nm flash, R/W bandwidth
of 2.9GB/s and 2.2 GB/s respectively, and 252K / 76 K R/W
in a FHHL form factor and is integrated with OCZ's new WXL caching software.
4500 briefing notes (pdf)
Editor's comments:- OCZ's
VXL bundles have been very successful in small to medium scale enterprise
deployments. The evolution of this product line - supporting as it does
another new generation of (lower cost) memory - will further extend its reach.
|OCZ relaunches as a
Toshiba Group company|
|Editor:- January 21, 2014 - Toshiba today
some details of how OCZ
Storage Solutions (which was based on the recently acquired assets of
OCZ Technology Group) will operate within the Toshiba Group of Companies.|
The new OCZ Storage Solutions, under the continuing direction of CEO Ralph Schmitt
- will leverage Toshibas cutting-edge NAND and combine it with the companys
proprietary controllers, firmware and software to provide both client and
enterprise customers with innovative and cost-effective SSD solutions.
OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to maintain its established
worldwide sales channels. Its headquarters will remain in San Jose, California,
with strategic design centers located in Irvine (California), Tel Aviv (Israel),
and Abingdon (UK).
The acquisition of OCZ further expands our
solid-state storage capabilities and represents Toshibas commitment to this
high-growth area, said Seiichi Mori, VP of Toshiba's Semiconductor and
Storage Company. Our goal is to offer a leading edge portfolio of solid state
solutions to address the storage challenges faced by both client and enterprise
customers, and the acquisition of OCZ is an ideal addition to our team in
realizing this strategy.
The acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZs
enterprise and client SSD businesses and enables the established OCZ brand to
continue in full force with a current product portfolio that includes SATA and
PCIe consumer drives for high-performance and mainstream applications, and SATA,
SAS and PCIe enterprise drives supported by virtualization, cache and
|OCZ ships PCIe SSD based
SQL accelerator |
|Editor:- July 23, 2013 - OCZ today
the general availability of its
Accelerator - an SSD
ASAP appliance - delivered as a PCIe SSD (600GB, 800GB or 1.6TB) and
bundled software - which optimizes caching of SQL Server data in Windows
environments - and can provide upto 25x faster database performance.|
functionality works through Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn technology, so that
in the event of planned or unplanned downtime, can continue operations from the
stopping point, retaining all of its data as if no downtime had occurred.
"We believe that the industry is primed for this type of tightly
integrated, plug-and-play use-case acceleration solution..." said Ralph Schmitt,
CEO - OCZ Technology.
Editor's comments:- One of the
differentiators in SSD caching products is the sophistication of their
behavior when viewed from a time basis. This is 1 of the
11 key SSD
symmetries - which I call "age symmetry".
In this respect
- a key feature of ZD-XL SQL Accelerator is its business-rule pre-warming
cache engine and cache warm-up analyzer that monitors SQL Server workloads and
automatically pre-loads the cache in advance of critical, demanding or important
SQL Server jobs. It achieves this by identifying repeated access patterns that
enable DBAs to set periodic time schedules to pre-load the cache.
product won Best of Show Award at an event called Interop in
|OCZ is now an enterprise
|Editor:- July 15, 2013 - OCZ's quarterly
enterprise SSD revenue has grown to over $25 million - approximately half of
its total SSD revenue - the company
Editor's comments:- from a revenue perspective
OCZ's situation is way down compared to the situation it had predicted in
May 2012 - when
the company reported that its revenue for the year ending February 29, 2012 was
$338 million - and at that time OCZ was suggesting that its revenue for the
following year would be over $600 million.
That didn't happen for
reasons reported earlier - partly due to errors in accounting but also due to
better judgement - and decisions to withdraw and downsize sales in the
most unprofitable segments of the SSD market - which at that time were
latest results show that it is possible for a company which started out
as a consumer SSD company to change itself into being a (mostly)
enterprise SSD business. (Although it wasn't quick, painless or easy.)
an identity switch which some other significant SSD companies would also like
to do for themselves too.