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Data Storage Hardware

Colossus 3.5-in SSD Combines Quad Controllers 160

Vigile writes "The new Colossus SSD comes in capacities starting at 256GB and going all the way up to 1TB in a standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor. This larger size was required because the drive actually integrates not one but four Indilinx SSD controllers and three total RAID controllers in a nested RAID-0 array. All of this goodness combines to create an incredibly fast drive that beats most other options in terms of write speeds and is competitive in read tests as well. Using some custom 'garbage collection' firmware, the drive works around the fact that TRIM commands aren't supported in RAID configurations to maintain high speeds through the life of the SSD."
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Colossus 3.5-in SSD Combines Quad Controllers

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  • by SpudB0y ( 617458 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @02:15PM (#30194990)

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @02:28PM (#30195082)

    Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the fucking vanguard of storage in this country. The Intel X-25 was the SSD to own. Then the other guy came out with a three-controller drive. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called the X-25E. That's three controllers and an extra port. For USB. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened--the bastards went to four controllers. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling three controllers and a cache. USB or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fuck it. We're going to five controllers.

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @02:38PM (#30195166)

    If you put it on a card, then the chips will sit vertically, and the data will leak out of the bottom. They have to be put in a disk enclosure and mounted horizontally so that they bits stay inside the chip.

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:5, Funny)

    by brxndxn ( 461473 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @02:50PM (#30195260)

    I don't see why they don't put data chips in the original Heinz ketchup bottles.. Nothing ever comes out of those.

  • by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:14PM (#30195414) Homepage Journal

    SSD, MLC, SLC, OCZ... WTF?

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:16PM (#30195428) Homepage Journal

    In those cases that's even worst because the bits are upside-down!

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quantumstate ( 1295210 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:23PM (#30195494)

    No, this would only be suitable for desktops, if you give it a bit of a heavy knock like you might with a laptop then a huge mass of data comes shooting out all at once.

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Mad Merlin ( 837387 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:31PM (#30195550) Homepage

    Really, if you want to spend that kind of money, put it on a card. It would be much faster on the PCI buss that SATA for a negligible incremental cost.

    If you buy that SSD and put it on a regular PCI bus, I will personally go over there and strangle you.

    PCIe would be fine.

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:58PM (#30195762)

    In those cases that's even worst because the bits are upside-down!

    On the plus side, some of your data will inevitably become 5318008, so it can't be all bad!

  • by maugle ( 1369813 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @04:36PM (#30196090)
    Have you tried running BSD on an OCZ MLC SSD while on LSD? OMG.
  • Re:On SATA? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Alamais ( 4180 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @05:06PM (#30196316)

    Er, a lot of the boards I've seen have the SATA controller connected internally to a PCIe bridge. Besides that, even with PCIe 1.0 you get 250MB/s per lane. A 4x card thus readily beats SATA. A 16x 2.0 card would 8GB/s. I want an SSD that can fill that.

    *cough*and for $100 plz*cough*

    ...might as well dream big.

  • Re:On SATA? (Score:5, Funny)

    by zippthorne ( 748122 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @05:45PM (#30196536) Journal

    Or shake it vigorously before attempting to pour (frequency is more important than amplitude. The higher, the better). Ketchup, like much of California, is susceptible to vibration-induced liquefaction. You look ridiculous, though.

  • by Falconhell ( 1289630 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @06:04PM (#30196752) Journal

    Can I buy a vowel?

  • by noidentity ( 188756 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @10:58PM (#30198794)

    A little search can go a long way...

    Yeah, but it's even easier to have someone else do the searching for us. Good work; keep it up!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @11:22PM (#30198946)

    OCZ - OCZ Technology - Manufacturer of hardware - OCZ Technology [wikipedia.org]

    SSD - Solid-State-Drive - Type of hard drive - Solid State Drive [wikipedia.org]

    MLC - Multi-level cell - Technology used in making SSDs - Multi-level Cell [wikipedia.org]

    SLC - Single-level cell - Technology used in making SSDs - Single-level Cell [wikipedia.org]

    A little search can go a long way...

    ..just to complete your list there:

    WTF - Write Till Fucked - Lifetime test for SSDs, usually measured in days - [Link Removed]

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