SOURCE: OCZ technology

OCZ technology

November 17, 2009 10:22 ET

OCZ's New SSD Line Launch Sets Enterprise Market Standard

Cutting-Edge High-Capacity Colossus 3.5" SSD Line Has up to One Terabyte of Storage

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2009) - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. ("OCZ" or the "Company") (www.ocztechnology.com), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), today released the Colossus 3.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, designed to meet the performance and storage demands of high-end desktop users and enterprise clients. Available in up to one terabyte configurations, the Colossus Series marks a milestone in solid state drive technology, making it possible to have both high performance and high capacity in one solution.

"With the Colossus Series launch OCZ has again leapt to the front of the competitive field, this time with an SSD line engineered to exceed the stringent demands of the exacting -- and commercially substantial -- enterprise market," stated OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen. "Not only can we now provide businesses with the industry's best combination of performance and capacity, but the Colossus SSDs are also easily deployable in existing infrastructures -- a unique selling point for this potentially high volume customer base.

"We believe that the Colossus Line launch represents a watershed moment for OCZ, and for the industry as a whole. By consistently re-defining what is possible, OCZ is further honing its competitive edge and creating real value for its shareholders."

Technical Aspects

"The new Colossus Series of SSDs is designed to boost desktop and workstation performance and are for high power users that put a premium on speed, reliability and maximum storage capacity," said Eugene Chang, VP of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. "The Colossus core architecture is also available to enterprise clients with locked BOMs and customized firmware to match their unique applications."

In addition to ample capacity, the OCZ Colossus delivers excellent performance made possible by an internal RAID 0 architecture. Excelling at small file processes during common tasks such as emailing, web browsing, and file transfer, Colossus allows for a state-of-the-art computing experience from basic to complex applications:

                                          Colossus 3.5"
                                        SSD (120GB - 1TB)
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Maximum Read                                       260MB/s
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Maximum Write                                      260MB/s
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Sustained Write                                    220MB/s
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Max IOPS (4k file size - random write)              14,000
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For enterprise applications, Colossus SSDs not only diminish performance bottlenecks suffered by mechanical hard drive infrastructures, but reduce both heat and noise and provide a more durable alternative. This translates into exceptional energy-savings and reduced maintenance costs. Furthermore, the Colossus line is built with cost-effective multi-level cell (MLC) flash to make it a viable option for enterprise clients hesitant to adopt competing products due to the higher costs.

The Colossus SSD is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB solutions to accommodate a broader spectrum of applications than current 2.5" SSD products; the 3.5" housing is also a straight drop in for many existing rack systems. The Colossus SSD series has an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time between failures (MTBF) and comes backed by a leading 3-year warranty and dedicated technical support, ensuring peace of mind over the long term. Additionally, OCZ offers unique customization options for OEM clients that may require tailored hardware and firmware solutions for their unique business.

About OCZ Technology Group, Inc.

OCZ Technology Group, Inc develops, produces, and distributes high-performance branded computer components and mobile computing devices, including flash memory, solid state storage, notebook computers, memory modules, thermal management solutions and computer power supplies, designed to make computers run faster, more reliably and more efficiently.

Based in Silicon Valley, OCZ employs approximately 300 staff across offices in San Jose, San Diego, Canada, Holland and its manufacturing and logistics center in Taiwan. To learn more about OCZ, visit www.ocztechnology.com.

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