A new solid-state drive (SSD) offers up to 16 TB of storage capacity for cloud computing applications. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCI Express (PCIe) flash storage solution from OCZ Technology Group transfers multiple gigabytes per second and delivers up to 1.4 million IOPS, allowing system architects to design more productive infrastructures.
Working with OCZ's Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 and OCZ's SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software, CloudServ can be used as a high-performing host-based flash cache that works in conjunction with the VXL to allocate flash resources to accelerate all virtual machines. As these virtual machines migrate from one host to another, they must retain full access to the flash cache without loss of performance or interruption of service.
The SSD will be available in models ranging from 300 GB to 16 TB capacities in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.oczenterprise.com.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.