OCZ Launches New Onyx SSDs for Small Offices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-12 Print this article Print

OCZ Technology Group has a new SSD, the Onyx Vertex, that at $100 for 32GB of capacity can serve as an entry point for someone curious about trying SSDs.

Home and small-office laptop or desktop users and those who run servers and/or a RAID array at some point might be interested in swapping out a disk drive for a solid-state one for performance purposes.

If that's the case, San Jose, Calif.-based disk drive maker OCZ Technology Group has a new SSD (solid-state drive), the Onyx Vertex, that can serve as an entry point for someone curious about trying SSDs.

Pricing is one of the key news factors here. OCZ has set the cost of about $100 for a 32GB Onyx SSD, which is one of the lowest in the market. HHDs are also relatively inexpensive; one can buy a 500GB high-speed SATA2 hard drive also for about $100.

Like all SSDs, Onyx can do several things faster than spinning disk drives. They load applications faster, offer quicker data access, enable shorter bootups and don't use as much battery power.

Onyx SSDs also feature 64MB of on-board cache, OCZ said.

Because OCZ SSDs have no moving parts, the drives are more rugged than conventional hard drives.

Onyx Series SSDs have a 1.5 million-hour mean time between failure (MTBF), OCZ said. OCZ also offers a three-year warranty and technical support.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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