New from Diamond Point is a family of STEC ZeusIOPS high performance, 3.5-inch, low-profile solid state drives for advanced mass data storage solutions.
Designed as drop-in replacements for standard rotating mechanical fibre-channel hard disk drives, the ZeusIOPS drives are available from Diamond Point in unformatted capacities of 18, 36, 73 and 146GB. Integrating single-level cell, non-volatile NAND Flash memory technology and dual high-speed fibre-channel interfaces, the drives boast a random I/O performance over 200 times faster than typical 15K RPM standard enterprise-class hard disk drives.
These revolutionary solid state drives eliminate the wait time associated with traditional hard disk drives. While data access times for hard disk drives are measured in milliseconds, the average access time for the ZeusIOPS drives is 20 -120 microseconds, enabling a massive increase in server processor utilization.
One ZeusIOPS drive can replace multiple hard drives or eliminate the need to purchase additional servers and software licences to overcome performance bottlenecks, resulting in significantly reduced cost and space requirements. Furthermore, the absence of additional up-front hardware and no recurring maintenance, power and cooling costs enables additional dramatic cost savings to be made. For comparable performance, a 200 unit hard disk drive system will cost 2-3 times as much as a ZeusIOPS solid state drive system at today’s prices. As Flash memory technology prices follow the current downward trend over the next few years, this price gap will inevitably grow even larger, making these advanced solid state drives from Diamond Point the mass storage choice for the future.
The drives incorporate dual 2GB/sec, full duplex high-speed fibre-channel interfaces which are fully “hot pluggable” and support FCP(Fibre-Channel Protocol), the interface protocol of SCSI on the fibre-channel. A 40-pin SCA-2 “hot pluggable” interface is also provided for running fibre-channel signaling on twisted-pair copper cable.
Operating at sustained data transfer rates of up to 200MB/sec throughput in read mode, the drives are capable of 52,000 sustained random read operations per second. The drives are configured with 512MB of intelligent cache. Write data can be flushed to the cache with a “synchronize cache” command.
Powerful embedded EDC (Error Detection Code), ECC (Error Correction Code) and CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Checking) facilities provide exceptional error protection and data reliability, and a proprietary dynamic wear leveling algorithm integrated within the firmware allows an extended life of 2 million write/erase cycles to be achieved. A “bad block” mapping facility detects any faulty memory blocks during operation and prevents these blocks from being used for data storage, again enhancing reliability.
The erase utility of the drives will erase every physical memory storage location that can be accessed by the host interface. It will also destroy any saved messages. For sensitive data that requires more stringent security measures, the drives comply with industry-standard data protection methods and support the sanitize standards as laid out in AFSSI 5020, NSA 130-2 and DoD 5220.22-M.
The drives are powered from a single +12V dc supply and offer a low power consumption of 8.1W in write mode, 8.4W in read mode and 5.4W in idle/standby mode.
Housed in a rugged and light-weight aluminium case measuring just 147mm x 101.6mm x 25.4mm, the ZeusIOPS family from Diamond Point is ideally suited to applications demanding high tolerance to shock, vibration, humidity, altitude and temperature. The drives are capable of operation over the full -40oC to +85oC industrial temperature range. They are completely solid state with no moving parts, are silent in operation and require no preventative maintenance. Diamond Point offers a 7 year product warranty, underlining its confidence in the superior performance, ruggedness and reliability of these drives.
ZeusIOPS drives suit a host of file, e-mail, voice mail, news and web server applications as well as relational databases for trading, banking, purchasing and other on-line transactions, where data must be served to many distributed users in an environment where time and availability are of paramount importance.
The overwhelming benefits of the drives also find favour in structural analysis, modeling and simulation applications, where large design files need to be randomly accessed and updated in order to perform complex calculations. To prevent I/O bottlenecks, these design files have traditionally been stored in multiple location hard disk drives. Also, in video-on-demand applications, stringent requirements are placed on the hard disk drive heads by the multiple simultaneous video streams encountered, resulting in the need to use multiple hard disk drives per user. Using the very high IOPS performance of ZeusIOPS drives in these applications eliminates these problems, resulting in a much simplified system and major installation cost savings.
Diamond Point International (Europe) Ltd
Unit 9, North Point Business Estate
Kent ME2 4LX
Tel: 01634 300900
Fax: 01634 722398
Contacts: Sherman Kemmer
Note: The above text is the public part of the press release obtained from the manufacturer (with minor modifications). EETimes Europe cannot be held responsible for the claims and statements made by the manufacturer. The text is intended as a supplement to the new product presentations in EETimes Europe magazine.