Toshiba Released Dual Port in OCZ's Z-Drive 6000 NVMe U.2 SSDs

By CIOReview | Monday, March 14, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Recently, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has announced dual-port connectivity to the award winning OCZ's Z-Drive 6000 NVM Express™ (NVMe) Solid State Drive (SSD) series, which can concurrently access data from the same storage device. The immediate availability of dual-port functionality can also provide a redundant access path to the drive; SAS-like features such as High Availability (HA) that storage architects have come to rely on.

With dual-porting, the Z-Drive 6000 series has becomes a complete solid-state storage solution that meets the real-time I/O requirements of business-critical enterprise applications and virtual infrastructures which require low latency performance and high bandwidth, as well as redundancy.

Dual port connectivity enables redundant data access which eliminates a single point of failure and also in times when two hosts are using the same drive maintaining Quality of Service (QoS) in the event when one data path is compromised. This latest firmware update includes feature enhancements such as multiple namespaces, non-binary sector sizes, and self-encrypting drive (SED) with Crypto Erase.

According to Daryl Lang, Vice President, SSD Product Enablement, Toshiba America Electronic Components, "OCZ is excited to offer our customers this robust new firmware that enables the Z-Drive 6000 series to be a compelling solution, not only for low latency, high performance computer applications, but now also for storage-class applications where the additional enterprise class features are required to compliment latency and performance," said Daryl Lang, Vice President, SSD Product Enablement, Toshiba America Electronic Components.

The Z-Drive 6000 is a consistently high-performing NVMe SSD with sustained I/O performance over 700,000 IOPS for 4K random read, consistent low-latency of 30 µs, and features selectable power envelopes. In addition, the U.2-based Z-Drive 6000 SSDs are also hot-swappable, unlike traditional add-in cards of the past. The Z-Drive SSD is designed for a wide range of storage infrastructures with availability in 800GB7 to 6.4TB capacities, in both read-intensive and mixed workload models.