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OCZ and Toshiba drive out new RETAIL SSD line with Barefoot controller

Bankrupt hardware maker OCZ, whose assets are being bought by Toshiba, has a Vertex 460 enterprise SSD device in the pipeline, with a preview of it being shown at CES in Las Vegas. According to The SSD Review the Vertex 460 features: 120, 240 and 480GB capacity points Up to 95,000 random read IOPS Up to 550MB/sec sequential …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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OCZ successfully sells self to Toshiba

Death-row solid state disk vendor OCZ has sold its brains to Toshiba for $US35m. OCZ's been limping along for ages and last week declared bankruptcy and said Toshiba was the most likely source of cash to give its long-suffering institutional investors something with which to light their cigars. The Japanese concern has indeed …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013
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Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

New Toshiba subsidiary OCZ has a new PCIe flash card, the Z-Drive 4500, complete with solid enterprise credentials - and none of the Ryan Petersen era hype. That era produced the Z-Drive R5 with a notional 3 million IOPS and 12TB of capacity. That product has disappeared from the OCZ roster and we now have the new Z-Drive 4500 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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OCZ goes titsup, flogs own corpse to Toshiba

Solid state disk maker OCZ Technology Group has gone titsup and filed for bankruptcy. The company has been in a mess for years, having recently 'fessed up to all manner of balance sheet borkedness and corrected its last four years' worth of financial emissions. Other efforts to right the ship included a big restructure that now …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
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Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

Ryan Petersen made OCZ a high-flyer: and then nearly piloted it into the ground. Replacement CEO Ralph Schmitt did crash-land the damaged business, but was unable to repair it and get it flying again. Bankruptcy beckons. OCZ shot itself in the foot (causing its feet to slip from the rudder pedals leading to a crash -Ed) with …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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It's all gone to Schmitt: New OCZ boss rips 'n' replaces execs

Flash storage biz OCZ's new CEO has replaced almost a dozen executives - and he's banging on about quality as he strives to resuscitate the near-dead OCZ flash business. OCZ over-extended itself drastically under founder and previous CEO Ryan Petersen, who was ousted last year, leaving the company with far too many under- …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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OCZ balances books, files results following 4-year omnishambles

SSD supplier OCZ Technology Group has finally filed its fiscal 2013 year results after having to correct the four previous years' results, showing how inadequate financial controls nearly caused the company to collapse. As it is, the consumer and enterprise SSD supplier has been facing a Nasdaq delisting and severe financing …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
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Foundering OCZ snatches megabuck lifeline in white-knuckled grip

OCZ, drowning in a sea of cancelled products, its banker missing overboard, revenues leaking from its deflating financial rubber ring and burdened by an inability to understand its own condition has been hurled a last minute $30 million cash and credit lifeline. The SSD startup company almost submerged under previous CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013
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New top boss for flash upstart OCZ appears on radar

A new CEO for flash storage startup OCZ has possibly emerged from the mists: Ralph Schmitt has resigned as chief exec of PCI electronics biz PLX - and he sits on OCZ's board. OCZ ousted CEO Ryan Petersen last month, on the back of revenue shortfalls and a kerfuffle over a will-they-won't-they acquisition by Seagate. Alex Mei …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2012
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Troubled OCZ now has feds up ass with microscope

Flash storage springbok OCZ, which suddenly lurched into the intensive care ward and ditched its founding CEO, now has less of a spring in its step; it's received news of an SEC probe into the company. This is to do with OCZ's inability to file a required business report for its latest quarter - some background here - due to …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2012

Flash slash at OCZ: New CEO cuts nearly 200 jobs, 150 products

OCZ, the flash storage start-up that over-extended itself by pumping out new SSDs before securing a reliable flash NAND chip supplier, has had excess products - and 198 staffers - dumped by incoming CEO Ralph Schmitt. Founder and CEO Ryan Petersen resigned back in September, Schmitt was appointed in October to clean up OCZ's …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2012

OCZ omnishambles leaves flash chippery biz on knife-edge

Flash supplier OCZ does not yet know its sales for the last two quarters nor whether it's made a profit or a loss, and had just $2 million net cash left in the bank at the end of 2012. It's an omni-shambles and it could get tossed out of Nasdaq. The memory chip company cannot make sense of its own financial records and is …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013

OCZ shares jump as Seagate gobble speculation echoes

Reuters is reporting that flash products hustler OCZ may have received a buyout offer from Seagate and its shares are up a fifth. Reuters quotes an industry blog, Fudzilla, which ran a speculative story about the potential deal and said there was more than one suitor. Micron is identified as one such. OCZ has grown quickly and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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'Seagate's OCZ gobble was real, but went sour in CEO row'

Juicy scuttlebutt from storage insiders suggests the Seagate acquisition of OCZ fell through because the larger firm refused to give OCZ's CEO Ryan Petersen a seat on its board. According to our sources, this, in combination with flash NAND shortages at OCZ, led to Petersen's eventual resignation. Petersen founded and ran OCZ, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2012
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OCZ chief dashes as flash cash stash bashed

Solid-state drive maker OCZ Technology's chief executive Ryan Petersen has jumped ship, leaving top marketing boy Alex Mei to man the tiller for now. Mei will hang onto his job as chief marketing officer until a permanent CEO is picked, the company said in a canned statement. OCZ stock has been steadily falling after four years …

OCZ: We will plug Lightning into your Thunderbolt

Hustling flash drive supplier OCZ is putting on a show at Computex in Taipei this week, including a Thunderbolt-connected external SSD called - wait for it - Lightning. Lightning will enjoy very fast transfer speeds from the Intel-designed Thunderbolt interconnect and be a drive for media professionals who can afford Thunderbolt …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2012
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Troubled OCZ brings forth consumer SSDs with Vector

SSD supplier OCZ, hard hit by an erring CEO and now under new management, has launched its first consumer SSD using in-house controller technology, the Vector. OCZ's roller coaster ride story from start-up glory to sick ward candidate can be found here. New CEO Ralph Schmitt announced the product but it was mostly developed …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2012
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OCZ's SEC filing fail gives stockholders the fear

OCZ has announced that it won't be able to file its quarterly report with the SEC on time, leading to doubts about its cash position. The struggling SSD and PCIe flash card vendor appears perhaps to have loosed off a shot or two into the vicinity of its foot by expanding too fast, failing to secure reliable NAND chip supplies, …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft's Azure cloud slides onto OCZ flash

Microsoft is taking the fight to Amazon, cutting Azure cloud storage transaction prices by 90 per cent. A statement on Microsoft's Windows Azure team blog says: "We heard you loud and clear that you want cheaper transaction costs for Windows Azure Blobs, Tables, Queues, and Drives. We are therefore very pleased today to slash …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2012
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OCZ out-flashes EMC's Lightning

OCZ has announced a 16-terrabyte server flash-card whopper that supports vMotion and – spec-wise – tosses EMC's puny 300GB Lightning card out of the pram. OCZ's announcement of the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ is anorexic, detail-wise, but here's the little we've gleaned from it and a couple of other outlets: Capacity ranges from 300GB …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2012

Price-comparison site: OCZ reviews 'questionable'

Austrian price comparison site Geizhals has flagged up reviews of OCZ's flash products on its site as suspicious. Geizhals said there had been a sudden positive spike in the reviews of OCZ's flash products. Geizhals manager Yannikos Marinos told Heise Online (German, auto-translated to English) that 55 products had been given 56 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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Gobble gabblers: 'Seagate will put up $1 BEEELION for OCZ'

Reports that HHD Seagate is going to buy OCZ have been around for weeks, but now there's a price tag of a billion bucks being floated around. This comes after last week's rumours sent OCZ stock into overdrive, adding about $68m to the company's share value, according to Reuters. Seagate itself is worth $11bn. Seagate is one of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012

New broom at OCZ: But can Schmitt sweep up this dirtpile?

After having pre-announced a revenue shortfall OCZ has now pre-announced an even worse revenue shortfall - and has got a new CEO to drag itself out of the hole in which it currently resides. As expected ex-PLX president and OCZ board member Ralph Schmitt becomes the new OCZ CEO, and he comes in as the second quarter FY2012 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD review

Time was, when OCZ was typically first out of the gate with a range of SSDs based on any new incarnation of SandForce controllers. Yet, the first generation of the company’s popular Vertex drives were powered by Indilinx’s Barefoot controller. Now, with the fourth generation of Vertex drives, OCZ has completed the circle and …
Simon Crisp, 26 Jul 2012
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OCZ exposes bulging solid disk for 2012

Happy new year: OCZ expects to ship flash drives with a 50 per cent capacity jump next year, starting shipments in January. It's going to ship 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC or TLC) flash, according to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, who was at an OCZ investor presentation last week. TLC flash is inherently slower, less …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2011
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OCZ wheels out lower octane SSD for Sunday drives

OCZ has a new SSD product and brand, Petrol, which uses cheaper asynchronous NAND than last month's Octane with its synchronous NAND. Both Petrol and Octane are 2.5in form-factor SSDs with a 6Gbit/s SATA interface, and use OCZ's own Indilinx Everest controller. Octane flash is 25nm IMTF 2-bit synchronous NAND, whereas Petrol …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011

OCZ's new Vertex 4 SSD: Faster... and slower

OCZ has a new SSD that's both faster and slower than the previous model. That's what can happen when you swap controllers on an SSD. A year ago the hustling and bustling SSD supplier introduced its Vertex 3 with a bought-in SandForce SF-2281 controller inside. Since then LSI has bought SandForce and OCZ has bought its own …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012
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OCZ unsheathes Talos flash talons

OCZ's Talos flash drive is set to claw into the enterprise hard drive business. The Talos C Series is OCZ's 3.5-inch enterprise flash drive, in contrast to the Vertex, which is a consumer drive. Talos is a 3.5-inch, 2-bit multi-level cell solid state drive (SSD), coming in 230GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. It can run at 50,000 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2011
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OCZ dazzles CeBIT with flashy Kilimanjaro package

OCZ doesn't just give us teasing hints about future flash products, it tells us about them at trade shows. CeBIT was no exception, with OCZ unveiling its Kilimanjaro controller; SSD Lightfoot with its Thunderbolt interface; and Vertex 4 SSD with its Everest controller. Vertex 4 is a coming 2.5-inch SSD with a 6Gbit/s SATA …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2012
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OCZ conquers Everest, flashes 3-bit NAND at world

OCZ is showing the first mainstream computer flash drive using 3-bit NAND at CES 2012. Flash comes in single-level cell (SLC) form, the fastest, longest-lived and most expensive, and also a 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) variant which is slower, has a shorter working life but is less expensive than SLC. TLC is an extension of this …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2012
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Mr SANRAD, bring me a flash dream, sings OCZ

Sleepless flash drive supplier OCZ, known for constantly spraying out new products, has gone and bought SANRAD for its virtualised server flash cache usage software. OCZ makes two kinds of flash products: solid-state drives (SSDs) and PCIe flash cards. It isn't well-known as a supplier to enterprises but wants to be one. SANRAD …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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OCZ plays its joker in the hybrid drive card game

OCZ has put its hybrid drive cards on the table in the shape of the RevoDrive Hybrid, with 1TB of spinning disk and 100GB of flash, gambling that punters will go for that combination of flash speed and disk capacity at a 45¢/GB price. A prototype was shown in July and its specifications have been uprated. That had 60GB of multi- …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2011
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OCZ jumps harder on enterprise PCIe bandwagon

OCZ has announced its third Z-drive refresh in two years, with the Z-Drive R4 going more than four times faster than the first version product. The company has three PCIe flash drives: the RevoDrive is for workstations and NAS servers; the VeloDrive is for small and medium business and system integrators; while the Z_Drive is a …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2011

OCZ flexes its Flash guns, predicts further embulgement ahead

It must be doing something right; flash storage supplier OCZ increased annual revenues 92 per cent in its latest financial year and expects 80 per cent growth next year. What about profits? Moving on …. OCZ makes and sells an awful lot of consumer flash. It has begun to get vertically integrated, buying the Indilinx controller …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
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OCZ refunds punter for dud drive shortly after El Reg steps in

OCZ promises to refund purchasers of failed solid-state drives, but at least in one case it seemed unable to do so - until Vulture Central poked its beak in. Dorothy Perry had three OCZ Agility SSDs fail over a period of about two years. The bricked flash drives wouldn't even show up in her PC's BIOS or that of another PC she …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2012
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OCZ flashes its cache at hard drives

Hard disk drives are getting a caching flash wrapper if OCZ has its way. Watch out for this SSD supplier's Synapse caching flasher. Not content with the RevoDrive Hybrid, a PCIe card containing a flash memory store and DataPlex software to manage the on-card hard drive, OCZ has revved its cocktail of components and crafted a new …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2011

OCZ samples twin-core ARM SSD controller

OCZ is sampling a new flash controller that gives a picture of future solid state drives. The company bought Indilinx for its solid state drive (SSD) controller technology in March this year and has now unveiled the Indilinx Everest controller platform. It has a 6Gbit/s SATA III interface, a dual-core ARM processor and a number …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2011
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OCZ buys PLX PCIe design smarts operation

Consumer and business solid state drive supplier OCZ is buying a UK development centre, IP licences, and a 40-person team from PLX Technology, possibly for a song. OCZ gets to strengthen its research and development (R&D) capabilities, with additional resources for controller design. It reckons it can bring new SSD products to …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2011
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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

X86 CPU and Radeon graphics chipper AMD has come out with an SSD line using Toshiba/OCZ componentry. It's called the Radeon R7-Series, which us a sideways extension of existing graphics processor branding. The SSD uses 19nm Toshibs MLC flash and has been designed, we understand, for balanced read and write workloads. The speeds …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD

Extreme PC Week One wonders if, after ratifying the SATA 6Gb/s standard, the people at the SATA-IO (Serial ATA International Organization) gave themselves a pat on the back to say job well done, that’s that future-proofed for a while, we can relax now. OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD Scorchio: OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 After …
Simon Crisp, 05 Jun 2012
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OCZ, SanDisk in flash scrap

OCZ and SanDisk, two enterprise flash drive suppliers, have announced competing products, with SanDisk boasting an HP OEM deal and seemingly better IOPS performance. OCZ has refreshed its Deneva line of enterprise SSDs by updating the SandForce SF-1500 controller processor to the faster SF-2000. OCZ Deneva 2 OCZ Deneva 2 …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2011
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OCZ opens wide and swallows Indilinx

Speedy SSD maker OCZ is buying fabless Indilinx, which makes controller software and silicon for SSDs, especially embedded SSDs. OCZ is based in San Jose and privately held Indilinx is headquartered in Bundang, South Korea, where it also has a research and development centre. There is an office in Milpitas, not far from San Jose …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2011
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OCZ Vertex bashes users with Blue Screen of Death

OCZ forum users are up in arms about their high-performance Vertex 3 flash drives causing Windows PCs to go into a blue-screen-of-death (BSOD) state, and further angered by OCZ's unconcerned response. Poster GymRatZ told us: "I spent about 3 days attempting to get it recognised by Windows (7) 64 for install. Eventually after …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2011
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OCZ fails to kill off Blue Screen Of Death issue

Despite firmware upgrades, some OCZ Agility and Vertex SSD users are still suffering Blue Screen of Death episodes. We came across Vertex BSOD episodes in June and have been told by Gym Ratz, our poster, that he is still BSOD'd but that a replacement Crucial SSD is working perfectly. To get my PC back in action and prove it …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2011
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OCZ scores huge OEM client

Consumer SSD supplier OCZ has won a tier-1 OEM for its Deneva line of enterprise multi-level cell flash. OCZ, known for its Vertex and Onyx consumer solid state drives (SSDs), unveiled an enterprise drive range called Deneva earlier in the year. It uses multi-level cell (MLC) flash paired with Sandforce 1500 controllers, and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2010
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OCZ joins PCIe flash fray

OCZ has joined in the PCIe flash market, the one led by Fusion-io, with card controllers that compress data and boost I/O to 1GB/sec speeds. The VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD uses 2-bit MLC flash with four Sandforce SF-1565 controllers, has four channels, comes in half-height or full-height form, and has on-board hardware RAID or …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2011
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OCZ exhibits semi-vapourware speed freak SSDs

CES 2011 The performance numbers are freaking fast with OCZ's latest road-rocket SSD, the Vertex 3 Pro. But they are semi-vapourSSDware, demo CES devices with no prices and availability. It pairs a SandForce SF2582 controller with eMLC (enterprise multi-level cell) or ordinary MLC NAND and offers up to 75,000 random write IOPS, …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2011
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OCZ sets up its flash stall in the enterprise bazaar

OCZ is taking on Fusion-io in the enterprise flash array market and adding a flash-disk drive hybrid to its range for workstation use. This SSD company is powering up into the enterprise from its consumer flash beginnings. There are two products due to be announced shortly, we understand, based on demonstrated prototypes seen at …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2011
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OCZ unveils 1TB SSD Colossus

Memory and storage specialist OCZ has unwrapped its latest SSD and it's a biggie: the Colossus packs in 1TB of solid-state storage. The price is enormous, too: $3572 (£2123/€2392) for that terabyte capacity, though cheaper (sort of) 500GB, 250GB and 120GB versions are available for the less well-heeled. OCZ Colossus OCZ's …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2009
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OCZ plays bottleneck card with new SSD interface

Flash storage maker OCZ wants us to use its proprietary High Speed Data Link (HSDL) instead of standard SATA and SAS interfaces for solid state drives (SSDs). HSDL was developed, OCZ says, to eliminate I/O bottlenecks and so enable SSDS to operate at their full potential. It can run at up to 20Gbit/s per channel, much faster …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010