updated 07:05 pm EDT, Thu September 1, 2011
Hybrid storage hits $499 price point
OCZ has introduced its latest storage system, the RevoDrive Hybrid, which pairs an solid-state drive with a standard disk drive. The hybrid storage is geared for desktop computers, build upon a PCI Express card rather than utilizing typical drive connectors. Operating system files and applications can be stored on the 100GB SSD for faster speeds, while the HDD provides an additional 1TB of capacity for other content.
Dataplex caching software is claimed to automatically optimize the storage allocation to take advantage of the hybrid configuration. Algorithms monitor user behavior to determine which data should be placed on the SSD for fast access.
The use of a PCI Express card brings maximum bandwidth capabilities of 910 MB/s, which is theoretically faster than the 768 MB/s (6 Gb/s) SATA 3.0 connections used by many standalone SSDs. The hardware is also claimed to support up to 120,000 IOPS for random write operations using 4K blocks.
The RevoDrive Hybrid will be available with an MSRP of $500, however the company has yet to announce a specific launch date. [via Engadget]