OCZ shrinks and improves its Talos 2 enterprise SSDs

OCZ has added another solid-state drive to its quiver of enterprise-oriented offerings. Today marks the introduction of the second generation of the company’s Talos SSD line. While the original was only available in a 3.5″ form factor, the new Talos 2 comes in a smaller 2.5″ case, albeit one that looks beefier than the 9.5-mm thickness common among consumer SSDs.

The Talos 2 has a dual-port Serial Attached SCSI 6Gbps interface. The press release doesn’t mention the drive’s sequential transfer rates, but it does claim the Talos 2 can crank out up to 70,000 4KB IOps. Whether that figure applies to reads or writes is unclear. However, OCZ quotes a peak transaction rate of 42,000 IOps for a mixed workload made up of 75% reads, 25% writes, and 8KB transfers. The original Talos is rated for only 34,000 IOps in that particular workload.

OCZ credits the new Talos’ performance to its gen-two Virtualized Controller Architecture, which includes “an intelligent complex command queuing structure with unique queue balancing algorithms.” The company also points out the drive has built-in protection against data loss due to an unexpected power failure. End-to-end data protection is provided via support for the T10 Data Integrity Field standard.

The Talos 2 will be available in a range of capacities between 100GB and a terabyte. Multiple memory types are supported, including SLC, MLC, and enterprise-grade MLC NAND. The press release doesn’t mention how much specific models will cost, though. Talos 2 drives are said to be sampling to OCZ’s “strategic customers” now.

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    *obligatory ‘Hate on OCZ because of Sandforace shortcomings that affected all brands of Sandforce drives’ post*

    Oh wait, indeego beat me to it.

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    “OCZ’s “strategic customers” now.”

    I’m sorry, whomever you are.

      • josephjpeters
      • 8 years ago

      “OCZ SSDs have recently been deployed to enterprise and data center clients such as AOL, eBay, SAP, Prudential, Marketwire, EdgeCast, ASK.com, NTT Docomo, South Korean Telecom, Boxel, Boeing, Chevron, Carbonite, Honda, Bloomberg.”

      “The list of OCZ’s OEM partners include companies such as Dell, HP, SGI, Quanta Cloud Computing, Supermicro, Panzura, Tegile, Astute Networks, Penguin Computing, Wistron, JVL, Flextronics.”


        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]"It’s simply an example of some of our early deployments. It’s worth noting that the majority of these customers are at the very beginning of their deployment in sales cycles, which often takes several quarters to ramp. "[/quote<] Cool. I wish them the best in their evaluations. If it's anything like the consumer side they have a rather poignant lesson to learn.

          • shank15217
          • 8 years ago

          One has nothing to do with the other, different nand, different firmware, different controllers, different experience.

    • yokem55
    • 8 years ago

    Ooooh! I wonder if I get one of these I’ll always have that nice 20% cut in time between shouts…
    Oh this is an SSD, I’ve been playing too much Skyrim….

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