OCZ has been working on solid state drives for some time, and they’ve reached the point where relying on the traditional SATA standards just won’t do. The retooled Z-Drive represents their fourth generation drive that uses a PCI-Express slot in order to circumvent SATA’s limitations. And boy is it fast.
The new Z-Drive runs OCZ’s flash drives in an 8-way RAID 0 configuration. RAID 0 is something of a misnomer, since it isn’t redundant storage at all. What it does do, however, is stripe individual bits of data across several drives. This jacks up the speed tremendously, and with SSDs, each drive adds almost its entire throughput to the final result.
While PC enthusiasts are more than welcome to buy the drives, OCZ really markets these bad boys at enterprise use, where they might be installed in servers (lightning fast database calculations) or as scratch disks for extremely disk-intensive applications. Unlike some PCIe-based solutions, OCZ claims that the Z-Drives are even all bootable.
The R2 will be available in a number of configurations with both 4-way and 8-way RAID 0, ranging in capacities from 256GB all the way up to 2TB. Depending on which configuration you choose, speeds can hit all the way up to 1.4GB/s. There’s no pricing data available yet, but when it comes to these, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.