OCZ Vertex 2 Pro, Vertex 2 EX SSDs Push OCZ into Enterprise Market

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While OCZ has become pretty well known in the enthusiast PC segment for their high-speed solid state drives (SSDs), the company has only very recently set their sites on the enterprise market.  The most recent attempts include the Vertex 2 Pro and and Vertex 2 EX, enterprise-oriented variants of their pre-existing consumer offerings.

Both drives feature maximum read speeds of up to 285MB/s, maximum write speeds of up to 275MB/s, sustained write speeds of up to 250MB/s and IOPS scores of 50,000 for random 4kB write (aligned) tests.  The Vertex 2 Pro uses MLC or multi-level cell flash memory technology – which is more affordable than its SLC or single-level cell counterpart – with the caveat that it degrades faster under heavy writes.  You wouldn’t want to use it for dedicated swap, for example.  The Vertex 2 EX uses SLC flash, which makes it more suitable for use in server environments – it can be written to and erased ten times as much as its more affordable sibling.

Both drives support TRIM under Windows 7, RAID operation and come with 3-year limited warranties. The Vertex 2 Pro will be available in 50GB, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB quantities, while the Vertex 2 EX will be available in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB versions. Available now, the price clearly depends on the specific drive with options ranging between $500 and $2500.

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