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LSI Launches $11,500 SSD, Crushes Other SSDs

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It matches the performance of 400+ mechanical hard drives.

Tuesday LSI Corp announced the WarpDrive SLP-300 PCIe-based acceleration card, offering 300 GB of SLC solid state storage and performance up to 240,000 sustained IOPS. It also delivers I/O performance equal to hundreds of mechanical hard drives while consuming less than 25W of power--all for a meaty $11,500 USD.

"A WarpDrive card can sustain up to 1,400 MB/s of throughput, with reliable and consistent performance across both sequential and random reads and writes," the company said. "It delivers up to 240,000 4K read IOPS and up to 200,000 4K write IOPS, with access latency of less than 50 microseconds. To achieve equal performance on a write IOPS basis utilizing hard disk drives would require over 400 drives, 36U of rack space and consume more than 300 times the power."

The WarpDrive card features a low-profile, half-length form factor that plugs into a standard 8 lane PCIe Gen 2.0 server slot. It's also based on the "enterprise-proven" LSI Fusion-MPT architecture and uses the LSISAS2008 6 Gb/s SAS I/O controller. The card is bootable, doesn't require an external power source, and installs as a single drive with no user configuration required.

"The LSI WarpDrive card sets a new standard for data center efficiency by providing IT administrators with previously unattainable levels of performance while helping to reduce operational and capital expenditures," said Brent Blanchard, director of worldwide channel sales and marketing, LSI.

The LSI WarpDrive card will be available beginning November 29 through the LSI worldwide network of distributors, system integrators, system builders and VARs.

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    JasonAkkerman , November 17, 2010 4:49 PM
    When are going to have a Toms give-a-away for one of these?
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    liquidchild , November 17, 2010 5:02 PM
    I have issue with the name. What happens when we really do get a warp drive in our pc's that can transport us to other places. The name is already taken, now what smart asses? The ludicrous speed drive?...does not roll off the tongue very well.
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    house70 , November 17, 2010 4:27 PM
    "while helping to reduce operational and capital expenditures"

    wut?...I gotta see numbers for that.
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    ScrewySqrl , November 17, 2010 4:28 PM
    holy smokes.

    a hard drive as expensive as a car!


    for whom is this cost effective?
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    meat81 , November 17, 2010 4:31 PM
    And costs as much as your left Testy....
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    nforce4max , November 17, 2010 4:36 PM
    Better than having 400 hard drives to power and cool. :(  Can't afford it
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    jaghpanther , November 17, 2010 4:38 PM
    Holy price tag! You guys got any feelers on whether or not they'll let you bench this thing? Maybe I can persuade my boss to get one.
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    eklipz330 , November 17, 2010 4:39 PM
    lol, in less than a year this thing is going to be outperformed by something a tenth of its price
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    reggieray , November 17, 2010 4:42 PM
    I'll take two please. Just thing in about 20 years we will be able to pick these things up for about $100 or 2.
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    Snipergod87 , November 17, 2010 4:43 PM
    Some enterprise class HDDs can cost a few thousand bucks. Like the ones with 6gigs of cache..
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    JasonAkkerman , November 17, 2010 4:49 PM
    When are going to have a Toms give-a-away for one of these?
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    jomofro39 , November 17, 2010 4:50 PM
    Well, this is nice.
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    brando56894 , November 17, 2010 4:50 PM
    house70"while helping to reduce operational and capital expenditures"wut?...I gotta see numbers for that.


    I guess if you run the warpdrive(s) 24/7 for years, the cost of power and cooling would be significantly less than powering and cooling ~400 HDDs. In the short run it is extremely expensive but in the long run is where it would shine.

    ScrewySqrlholy smokes.a hard drive as expensive as a car!for whom is this cost effective?


    Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc... essentially any mutli million or billion dollar corporation that stores craploads of data. Yes outright they cost WAY more than a typical 3TB so you would need to buy 10x more of the SSDs to equal the same capacity as a HDD but as I stated above: think about the amount of energy that it takes over the years to cool all the HDDs and to power them. once you factor that it in makes a difference.
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    Parrdacc , November 17, 2010 4:51 PM
    Ah, for that price? No thanks I'll pass on this one.
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    JasonAkkerman , November 17, 2010 4:53 PM
    ScrewySqrlholy smokes.a hard drive as expensive as a car!for whom is this cost effective?


    Considering all the money you save from not having 400 HDD, RAID controllers, power consumption and cooling needs, I would think that this is cost effective to a number of industries.
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    ecmjr , November 17, 2010 4:53 PM
    Dear Santa, I was a good boy this year. I'd like 2 of these :) 
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    the_krasno , November 17, 2010 5:01 PM
    Oh, but does it support TRIMM? I DIDN'T THINK SO!
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    liquidchild , November 17, 2010 5:02 PM
    I have issue with the name. What happens when we really do get a warp drive in our pc's that can transport us to other places. The name is already taken, now what smart asses? The ludicrous speed drive?...does not roll off the tongue very well.
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    zak_mckraken , November 17, 2010 5:04 PM
    It may have the speed of 400 HDD, but with 400 HHD, I would have 1 petabyte of storage instead of 300GB. It's still pretty amazing!
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    K2N hater , November 17, 2010 5:06 PM
    Again, comparing orange to apples. Maybe 400 hard drives won't match its I/O performance but they store at least 1000 times as much data. Want sheer performance, go for SSD or even RAM disks. Want reliability and cheaper price per GB, go HDD.
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    mcdonamw , November 17, 2010 5:08 PM
    Eh... I think someone's missing the point that this is just 300 GB of storage. If you actually HAD 400 disk drives, you would also have 4 petabytes of raw storage, pending 1 TB drives, barring real world numbers/overhead.

    Also this only provides local storage. Sure the speeds are awesome, but almost $12K for 300 GBs of local storage... no thanks. There's no reason this should even cost this much.
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    smacks forehead , November 17, 2010 5:11 PM
    There is no logical way that apples to apples capacity these cards would be economical.
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