LSI Launches $11,500 SSD, Crushes Other SSDs

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.

  • house70
    "while helping to reduce operational and capital expenditures"

    wut?...I gotta see numbers for that.
  • ScrewySqrl
    holy smokes.

    a hard drive as expensive as a car!

    for whom is this cost effective?
  • meat81
    And costs as much as your left Testy....
  • nforce4max
    Better than having 400 hard drives to power and cool. :( Can't afford it
  • jaghpanther
    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.
  • eklipz330
    lol, in less than a year this thing is going to be outperformed by something a tenth of its price
  • reggieray
    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.
  • Snipergod87
    Some enterprise class HDDs can cost a few thousand bucks. Like the ones with 6gigs of cache..
  • JasonAkkerman
    When are going to have a Toms give-a-away for one of these?
  • jomofro39
    Well, this is nice.