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Monday, July 14, 2014
OCZ Storage Solutions Launches New ZD-XL SQL Accelerator


Toshiba's OCZ Storage Solutions on Monday introduced its next generation SQL Server acceleration solution, the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 supports.

The PCI-E drive supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014, 2012 and 2008 R2 versions. It provides optimized flash acceleration for SQL Server through integration with the application and has been enriched over the previous ZD-XL 1.0 version to enable database administrators (DBAs) to unleash the full power of SQL Server 2014 features, such as flash Buffer Pool Extension (BPE) support, so that database pages can be accessed faster by loading them directly from flash.

A tight integration with SQL Server management enables acceleration at a per database level versus having to accelerate all of the databases files on disk. This provides fine granularity for selecting only those database files that need to be accelerated.

The drive's support for running SQL in a virtualized environment via VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V enables the flash resources to support multiple virtual machines (VMs) running SQL Server workloads concurrently. High Availability (HA) through the Microsoft AlwaysOn Availability Group is supported as well.

Remote flash services enable SQL Server to run on blade servers so they can benefit from the high-performance and high density of PCIe flash storage. This feature enables a remote connection over the network between SQL Server and the PCIe flash resource to deliver remote flash caching via OCZ's proprietary Direct Pass Caching Technology.

The performance increases delivered by ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 are beneficial to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as larger enterprises/data centers and based on database transactions per minute (TPM). Internal testing performed by OCZ delivered over one million TPMs for a sample of 50 virtual users when ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 was located in the same server as the SQL application. This represented a TPM increase ranging from 18x to 22x for a local HDD-based configuration.

For larger enterprises/data centers that use ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 in a traditional SAN storage environment, the embedded software can cache large database files from the SAN onto server-side flash either locally or remotely. As a result, ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 achieved accelerated TPM performance up to 5x dependent on the performance of the SAN and the number of virtual users supported. Though performance gains may not be as high as an SMB using a local HDD configuration, performance is improved over a SAN while keeping the data highly available.

The new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 is available in three Multi-Level Cell (MLC) configurations supporting 800 GB, 1.6 TB and 3.2 TB storage capacities in a Full-Height/Half-Length form factor.

Specs

PHYSICAL
Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 800GB / 1600GB / 3200GB
NAND Components Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface PCI Express Gen. 2 x8
Form Factor Full-Height/Half-Length (FH/HL)
Storage Controller VCA 2.0 (Virtualized Controller Architecture?)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 126.3mm x 180.9mm x 21.6mm
Weight 350g
SUSTAINED PERFORMANCE (based on ZD4RPFC8MT320-3200 model)
Max Read Up to 2,900 MB/s
Max Write Up to 2,200 MB/s
Sustained Random 4K Reads Up to 252,000 IOPS
Sustained Random 4K Writes Up to 76,000 IOPS
Sustained Random 8K Reads Up to 155,000 IOPS
Sustained Random 8K Writes Up to 31,000 IOPS
ENVIRONMENTAL
Power Consumption 800GB: 18.4W Idle, 20.8W Active
1600GB: 20.3W Idle, 23.1W Active
3200GB: 20W Idle, 22.8W Active
Operating Temperature 0C ~ 55C
Non-Operating Temperature -45C ~ 85C
Airflow Requirement 300LFM (Linear Feet per Minute) at 25C
550LFM (Linear Feet per Minute) at 40C
Certifications RoHS, FCC , CE, BSMI, C-TICK, VCCI, KCC, UL
RELIABILITY/SECURITY
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 2 million hours
Endurance Rating Minimum of 0.68PB (800GB), 1.3PB (1600GB), 2.5PB (3200GB)
Power Fail Protection Full in-flight data protection for unexpected system power loss
Data Path Protection End-to-end data path protection at every data juncture
Data Reliability Read Unrecoverable Bit Error Rate (UBER) 10-17
Data Encryption Data compression, Data de-duplication, and AES 128bit encryption
Product Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) support with enteprise attributes
Data Recovery In case of block failures, RAID mechanisms are used to recover data
COMPATIBILITY
PCI Express PCI Express x8 or x16 slot; Fully compliant with the PCI Express Electromechanical Specification Rev. 2.0, and PCI Express Base Specification Rev. 2.0
Serial ATA (SATA) SATA Rev. 2.6 compliant ATA feature set; ATA-8 compliant
Operating Systems Microsoft Hyper-V Server: 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
VMware vSphere ESXi: 5.5, 5.1, 5.0, 4.1
Microsoft SQL Server: 2014, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Windows Server (64-bit): 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Power Management Supports ATA Power Management Specification
Power Requirement PCIe 12V & 3.3V
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Performance Optimization TRIM (requires OS support)
Proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 Virtualizes SSD devices into a massively parallel array of memory
Consolidated SMART support
Upgradable Firmware Field-upgradable firmware
Services & Support 5-year warranty; Dedicated FAE support




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