Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2013 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vector, ssd, ocz, giveaway, far cry 3
If you purchase a 256GB or 512GB OCZ Vector Series drive before July 14th of 2013 you will get a free downloadable copy of Far Cry 3, to a maximum of two copies. Allyn was more than impressed with this drive, finishing off his review with the statement that "The OCZ Vector astonished me with its throughput, sheer IOPS performance, and low latency", with the only negative comment involving the drives inability to do household chores. They are not the least expensive drives on the market but they are some of the fastest and they come with a 5 year warranty as well.
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2013 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fud, ocz, income, doom
OCZ is hours away from being delisted from the stock exchange and it will be very difficult for them to make the deadline as they have to submit a plan detailing how they will provide an accurate accounting of their quarterly profits by Feb 28th. This is a bit of a problem considering that they do not seem to have submitted an accurate profit statement since Q1 of 2012 at the most recent. In Q2 Ryan Petersen originally forecasted profits between $110-120m but after Petersen left and Ralph Schmitt took over those predicted profits dropped drastically to somewhere around $65-$85m, not accurate enough for Wells Fargo to consider it a proper financial statement. From what The Register has learned, OCZ cannot estimate Q2 or Q3 earnings at this time, nor are they quite sure what the economic impact incentive programme liabilities and inventory run-down charges will have. Things do not look good.
We heard from OCZ that they have indeed been working hard with Crowe Horwath LLP on getting their preliminary results for 2012 and Q1 of 2013 ready for the market. It was also brought to our attention that the Nasdaq is permitted to grant an extension of up to 180 days, which would be April 8th, for the Company to regain compliance with the SEC and other institutions. This lessens the danger that OCZ faces and while the stock has tumbled a bit over the past few months as of this update they are at $2.09/share, flat for the days trading, traders are exhibiting confidence in the company. According to Seeking Alpha last night it was announced that "The Company estimates that its quarterly revenue will range between $65 million to $85 million in each quarter for the second and third fiscal quarters of 2013." That is still a wide variance but you should not count OCZ out quite yet. We will continue to keep an eye on the market and OCZ's responses.
"Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers noted there was no announcement of a filing of the required Nasdaq update plan today. Unless that is handed in on time, OCZ is out of Nasdaq and, as a result, getting bank credit will be much more difficult. Wells Fargo could wave goodbye and consign OCZ to the scrap heap in a forced asset sale. This is about as bad as it gets, but OCZ's survival is still possible."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Making the most of your move to Office 365 @ TechwareLabs
- Crooks, think your Trojan looks legit? This one has a DIGITAL CERTIFICATE @ The Register
- Inside the Macintosh SE @ Hardware Secrets
- Win Biostar Hi-Fi Mainboards with KitGuru
- Logitech Joint Giveaway @ Nikktech
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2013 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, price increase, price cuts, ssd
The hard drive market has recovered somewhat over 2012 from the sharp spike in prices we saw as a result of the flooding in Thailand, though never to the prices we became used to in 2011. That issue fell by the wayside in 2013 thanks to the sharp drop in prices for SSDs, with a price of $1/GB becoming a common price point even before specials and deals are considered. The Tech Report noticed something different about Q4 of 2012, with the pricing trend actually reversing and many drives increasing in price by 10-20%. In part this might be accounted for due to the drop in overall PC sales but The Tech Report has another culprit in mind, read on to see why you might have OCZ to thank for both the rapid drop in SSD prices as well as the current upwards trend.
"SSD prices fell by 38% in 2012. However, they actually went up in the fourth quarter, spurred largely by an end to OCZ's deep discounts. We've crunched the numbers for more than 40 drives to get a better sense of what's going on."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Android Programming: Multiple-Choice Lists @ Linux.com
- Symantec to offload Altiris: report @ The Register
- Latest Java patch is not enough, warns US gov: Axe plugins NOW @ The Register
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- CES 2013 Coverage - Day 0: ASUS, Thermaltake, Enermax, beQuiet!, Lepa, MSI, NERO @ Hi Tech Legion
- CES 2013: Gigabyte Shows Off Thin Mini ITX Motherboards for Smart TVs @ Funky Kit
- Final Coverage of CES 2013 @ OCC
- Print your own 30 round AR15 magazine @ Hack a Day
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2013 - 09:30 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: vector PCIe, vector, ocz, ces 2013, CES
Today at CES, OCZ released the Vector PCIe SSD:
This is essentially a RevoDrive, still using VCA 2.0 as the method of tying a pair of SSDs together, only in this case OCZ has ditched SandForce in favor of their new Indilinx parts lifted from their Vector Series. I witnessed the pre-release part turning in 160,000 4k random read IOPS and upwards of 1GB/sec sequential throughput.
OCZ was also showing a new iteration of their VXL enterprise caching software:
The new software, dubbed LXL, is currently in beta testing. LXL is linux based and employs a caching driver to tie the SSD into the SAN or other local storage. The benefit is that there is also a user-land application and GUI that can 'tune' the caching driver based on default and custom scripts. This tuneability lets the administrator control what sort of data gets cached based on the expected workloads placed on the storage system. This prevents infrequently accessed data from pushing the speed-critical content out of the cache, and should prove more effective than typical caching drivers which are generally unintelligent on their own.
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Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2012 - 02:20 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: vector, ssd, socket, podcast, ocz, LGA, layoffs, Intel, Indilinx, BGA, amd, 3550p
PC Perspective Podcast #228 - 11/29/2012
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- 1:06:00 Jon Peddie Q3 GPU Results
- 1:08:00 Microsoft sells 40 million Windows 8 licenses
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- 1:12:00 Intel Updates SSD Toolbox, 335 Firmware
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Subject: Storage | November 27, 2012 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vector, ssd, sata, ocz, mlc, barefoot 3
There are three members of the OCZ Vector SSD, the 128GB and 256GB models will have 512MB cache and the 512GB model 1GB of cache, each costing a bit over $1/GB. Inside is the brand new Barefoot 3 controller which features 8 channels and both an ARM cortex processor and OCZ's secret sauce, the Aragon co-processor. On paper, the 256GB and 512GB models have the same performance specs with the 128GB model having slightly slower sequential writes and 4k reads, though still the speeds are impressive enough that you won't suffer unduly. [H]ard|OCP takes you through their torture test here and of course if you haven't seen what Allyn did to them, get reading!
"OCZ soft launches the 256GB Vector SSD with its first OCZ-proprietary controller, the Barefoot 3. Geared for steady state performance, the OCZ Vector SSD is designed with the end user in mind. Today we take a look at the Vector and the new controller architecture and see how these fare in our steady state testing."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ's Vector SSD @ The Tech Report
- OCZ Vector SSD Review - Indilinx Barefoot 3 Becomes Reality @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vector 256GB @ TechSpot
- OCZ Vector 256GB @ Kitguru
- OCZ Vector SSD Launch @ Hardwareheaven
- OCZ Vector 256GB @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vector 256GB SSD @ Hardware.info
- OCZ Vector SSD @ Guru of 3D
- OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- OCZ Vector 256GB Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD @ DVHardware
Subject: Storage | November 27, 2012 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vector, ssd, sata, ocz, mlc, barefoot 3
SAN JOSE, CA – November 27, 2012 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the availability of its new SATA III-based Vector SSD Series featuring the company’s next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZ’s worldwide technology hardware and firmware teams developed the new controller silicon and firmware completely in-house to enable full design control over the Vector SSD Series roadmap, while delivering exceptional I/O performance, enhanced reliability and endurance, and a host of differentiated features to empower high performance laptops, desktops, and workstations with superior storage capabilities.
OCZ Vector SSDs provide exceptional input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance and the cutting-edge Barefoot 3 controller consistently delivers superior sustained performance over time regardless of whether the data streams are in compressed or uncompressed formats. As a result, this groundbreaking SSD series provides faster file transfers and boot-ups, and a quicker, more responsive storage experience.
“The development of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller architecture is a crowning achievement in our company’s history, being our first controller silicon and firmware completely designed in-house from start to finish using all of the OCZ technology development teams,” said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Technology. “These are the first SSD products delivered under the new OCZ and leverages cutting-edge controller technology to deliver a groundbreaking level of sustained performance and reliability for customers seeking a superior SSD for their high performance computing applications.”
The Vector SSD Series is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities, and delivers read bandwidth of up to 550 MB/s, write bandwidth of up to 530 MB/s, random read performance of up to 100,000 IOPS. The Vector’s ultra-slim, 7mm sleek alloy housing supports a wide spectrum of computers including the latest thin form factor notebooks, and each Vector SSD is also bundled with a 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket and Acronis® True Image™ cloning software to enable quick and easy data transfer from legacy hard disk drive (HDD) storage to high performance Vector SSD storage.\
Endurance was a major priority in the design of the Vector Series, and the highly intelligent Barefoot 3 controller includes an advanced suite of flash management tools that can analyze and dynamically adapt to increasing NAND vulnerabilities as flash cells wear or process geometries get smaller. In this way, the Barefoot 3 controller overcomes the shortcomings associated with MLC NAND flash memory and is specified to deliver 20GB host writes per day for 5 years. This 5-year warranty ensures that Vector SSDs can be reliably used in a wide range of high performance computing environments over an extended lifetime.
Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
OCZ has been in the SSD game for quite some time, and has previously done quite well mixing and matching hardware from other vendors into solutions of their own. It was a good way to put out a large array of products, fitting many a niche for a decent cost. Further, OCZ has always been known as somewhat of an underdog who tailored their parts more towards the power user / tweaker crowd. All of that said, they have been taking steps to become more of a major player in the SSD market, and the fruits of that labor begin their payoff today, with the release of the OCZ Vector:
A new Indilinx Controller?
The Vector comes equipped with a bunch of firsts for OCZ. The controller is OCZ's first 100% in-house part, and has been engineered from the ground up to be as high of a performing part as possible. There has been a paradigm shift within OCZ lately, and the Vector went through a large beta test phase *before* release, as to avoid the need for a series of rapid fire firmware updates just after the product ships. Vector should perform at or near its maximum potential today, not after some firmware updates seen months from now. Here's a look at the controller functional block diagram:
Subject: Storage | October 7, 2012 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, Vertex 4, indilinx everest 2, ssd, 240gb, Marvell 9145
The Vertex 4 series from OCZ will end up being an intermediary controller between the old Marvell 9145 based Indilinx design which OCZ now owns and a new controller that is being designed in house by OCZ and the Indilinx team which came as part of the acquisition. That doesn't mean this drive should be avoided, the prices are quite good with the 512GB model being one of the most affordable new drives on the market. [H]ard|OCP's testing had it performing at the top of the pack in many benchmarks and the drive comes with a 5 year warranty so you are getting quite a lot for a relatively low price.
"The Vertex 4 is a departure from OCZ's tried and true model of using third party controllers and firmware for its SSDs. Taking control of the firmware with the Vertex 4 gives OCZ the ability to tune the SSDs for speed and performance at lower queue depths and optimize for low latency. We test to see if the Everest 2 Platform delivers."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- SSD prices continue tumbling in Q3 @ The Tech Report
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB @ LanOC Reviews
- ADATA Premier Pro SP900 256GB SSD Review @ TechwareLabs
- Corsair Accelerator 30GB SSD Cache Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Samsung 830 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ circuitREMIX
- KingFast F3 Plus 240GB 7mm SSD @ Tweaktown
- Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD @ The SSD Review
- Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD Review @ eTeknix
- Samsung SSD 840 250GB @ Hardware.info
- OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis Review - Imagine 800GB/s and 150,000 IOPS @ The SSD Reveiw
- TeleCommunication Systems Proteus Plus Military SSD Preview @ Tweaktown
- MDSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition by SuperSSpeed 128GB SLC @ Tweaktown
- Toshiba MK01GRRB/R 2.5-inch 6Gb/s SAS 15,000 RPM Enterprise HDD @ Tweaktown
- Synology DS212 Network Attached Storage @ X-bit Labs
- Synology NAS DSM Software Deep Dive @ Tweaktown
- Thecus N5550 – The Perfect NAS? @ COD
- MCE OptiBay for Unibody Kit Review @ Madshrimps
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-269L NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Thecus N5550 5-bay SMB/SOHO NAS Server Review @ Techgage
- LaCie 2big NAS @ X-bit Labs
- Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 16GB USB Drive Review @ Neoseeker
- Pretec SDHC 32GB 433x Media Card Review @ eTeknix
- Patriot Memory 32GB Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- Patriot Supersonic Boost XT and Rage 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Hi Tech Legion
- Silicon Power Marvel M60 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Editorial | September 17, 2012 - 06:32 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: ssd, Ryan Peterson, ocz, CMO, CEO, Alex Mei
OCZ started in a strip mall making heatsinks and fans in 2002. Not exactly an auspicious beginning to a company that now is a dominant force in the SSD industry. The guy that has helped the company make the massive jumps it has is Ryan Peterson. Today OCZ has announced his resignation. Alex Mei, current CMO (chief marketing officer) is taking over as interim CEO until a replacement can be found.
It is hard to believe that just 10 years ago OCZ sprang into existence. A few quick exposes from other tech sites revealed a small company that was situated in a strip mall. Back in those years there was some questionable marketing tactics that the company used to present themselves as a much larger organization than they actually were (their website showed large, modern buildings and automated memory manufacturing equipment- neither of which the company had). Through perseverance, decent technical support, and some really interesting products at a time where enthusiast style memory was starting to grow, the company thrived and expanded.
The memory market has softened, and seemingly OCZ was well aware of where the market was going. They transitioned from being a memory company to a full blown SSD manufacturer. Along the way they picked up Indilinx and are now finally starting to produce their first custom silicon. The company continued to grow, and at the head of it all was Ryan Peterson. Often known as a polarizing figure, he nonetheless helped to lead OCZ into a position of significance and authority when it came to SSD technology.
It seems that the recent downturn in the company’s profits, and the seeming failure of the sale to Seagate of the company, Ryan submitted his resignation and the board of OCZ accepted it. Not much else is included in the release, other than thanking Ryan for his dedication to the company and wishing him and his family the best of luck.
This must be a hard day for Ryan, as he was truly a driving force in taking OCZ from the strip mall to the high rise. Change is inevitable though, and rarely do we see CEO’s like AMD’s Jerry Sanders last for decades at the helm of a company. The market is changing, and perhaps OCZ needs a new vision. Still, OCZ is now synonymous with the growing SSD market, and their acquisition of Indilinx allows them some flexibility and differentiation in what is now a very crowded area. Their introduction of inexpensive “server” style PCI-E SSD devices was another milestone, and it provided an inexpensive (and powerful) solution that competed well with other much more costly products from companies such as FusionIO.
It will be very interesting to see where the company goes, but we wish Ryan the best of luck.