Introducing the Intrepid 3000 SSD Series

Identifying the Key Features and Capabilities of OCZ’s Next-Generation, Enterprise-Class, SATA III-Based SSDs

Scott Harlin
Chaitri Sewak

Published February 2014

Introduction

IT managers struggle with the best ways to maximize the benefits of flash in their data centers, not only addressing the limitations that hard drive technology imposes on enterprise applications and I/O access, but also in a manner that doesn’t disrupt their proven application usage models. SATA III (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or Serial ATA) has become the most widely used SSD interface in the industry (following the original SATA and SATA II specifications) and forecast by leading research firms to continue this trend over the next few years. The SATA III standard doubles the maximum data transfer rate over SATA II from 3 to 6 Gigabits per second (6Gbps) enabling faster data transfer speeds between storage units, hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), optical drives and protocol host bus adapters (HBAs).

Though the SATA III standard is the prevalent SSD interface, it presents a series of challenges that IT managers must face. One of which includes emerging flash types whereby NAND flash geometries are constantly migrating to smaller lithographic processes creating added pressure on IT departments to be current with the latest trends. Unfortunately, ‘being current’ comes with a price as shrinking flash processes affect NAND reliability, which in turn, reduces SSD life.

IT is also concerned with the wide range of applications driving a variety of mixed workloads, not only from a support perspective, but from a performance perspective as efficient, predictable performance is essential to the success of the enterprise so that connected users are provided with a faster, more responsive computing or storage experience. Without this level of consistency, I/O response latency spikes become evident in the system requiring IT personnel to adjust application workload requirements accordingly increasing maintenance and support costs, as well as overall total cost of ownership (TCO).

Intrepid 3000 SATA SSD
OCZ’s new Intrepid 3000 Series is available in two configurations including the 3600 model supporting MLC read-intensive applications and the 3800 model supporting eMLC write-intensive or mixed workload applications.

The combination of SATA’s strong market position in SSD storage coupled with the IT challenges outlined above has created an opportunity for improved SATA-based storage products and technologies. In understanding these market dynamics, OCZ introduced its next-generation SATA III Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SSDs (December 2013) delivering the industry’s best sustained performance coupled with predictable, efficient and consistent latency responses.

The series supports the latest 19 nanometer (nm) NAND flash and supports storage capacities up to 800GB representing OCZ’s highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date. The architecture is based on OCZ’s Everest 2 platform (that combines a Marvell 88SS9187 controller with proprietary OCZ firmware) and provides advanced flash management and endurance capabilities that extend NAND life and enhance drive reliability.

As mixed workloads are an IT concern, the Intrepid 3000 Series is available in two distinct configurations (as described below) to address both read-intensive and write-intensive applications:

  • The Intrepid 3600 features reliable and cost-effective Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND media designed for read-intensive applications (such as online archiving, media streaming and web browsing) and guaranteed to complete one drive write per day (DWPD) for 5 years.
  • The Intrepid 3800 features high endurance enterprise MLC (eMLC) NAND media designed for write-intensive or mixed workload applications (such as OnLine Transaction Processing (OLTP), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), email servers and analytics) and guaranteed to complete four drive writes per day (DWPD) for 5 years.

Intrepid 3600/3800 models are based on 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB usable storage capacities, in 2.5-inch industry standard form factors, making the entire portfolio ideally suited for mega data centers and makers of storage appliances where optimum performance, backed by high endurance and reliability, are critical.

The purpose of this white paper is to introduce OCZ’s new Intrepid 3000 Series, including both the Intrepid 3600 and 3800, with concentration on performance, I/O consistency, reliability and endurance, OEM efficiency, and central management. A competitive matrix outlining key capabilities is included.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Best in Steady-State Performance
  3. Consistent I/O Access
  4. Enterprise-Class Endurance and Reliability
  5. OEM-Optimized
  6. Summary