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Other World Computing Building Pricey 3.5" 2TB SSD for Desktop Workstations

Later this year, Other World Computing plans to release a 3.5" SSD drive meant for tower-style PCs like the Mac Pro. The drive, called the "Mercury Viper", will allow OWC to build an SSD with capacities as large as 2TB, as well as transfer rates over 600MB/s over a SATA 3 connection.

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Currently, OWC makes 2.5" SSD's that can be installed in a laptop or desktop via a bracket, but the extra space in a 3.5" drive allow for four times the capacity as their current drives -- at a significant cost. A OWC spokesperson told Ars Technica that the drive was designed "performance and capacity, not price".
That's in stark contrast to where the rest of the market is headed, typically driving costs down and making the most of 2.5" and mSATA form factors used in notebooks and Ultrabooks. But workstation may care less about budget and more about getting work done. "We think the price will be right for the kind of user that spends $6,000 on a computer," Dahlke said. "And you can't get this kind of capacity anywhere else."
Pricing and availability details are expected in March.

(Image courtesy Ars Technica/Chris Foresman)

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20 months ago
Now if only there was a new MacPro to put said drive into!
Rating: 15 Votes
20 months ago
It's essentially 4x512Gb SSDs... No way this is cheaper than $2,000, I'd say even closer to $3,000
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago

If you're that one person in the world who uses a workstation with his head stuck in the enclosure instead of looking at the screen, yes

That is my normal working position. ;-)
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago

true, doesn't mean I have to like it though, does it?


Given your location I'd say it's imperative that you do like it.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
Dang! I want.. But probably can't afford
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
I've currently got a 5Big Network 2 configured for RAID 6. I did this because I wanted to not have to worry about individual or even two drive failures.

But the idea of large SSD modules seems wrong-headed to me.

Building large capacity rotating drives makes sense because a rather large fraction of the cost of the device is the storage infrastructure rather than the storage medium itself.

Flash storage turns that on its head. The vast majority of the cost is the storage medium itself.

What I want to see is a NAS that looks a bit like the inside of HAL-9000 - a large number of relatively small flash modules, each easily field-replaceable.

In order to make this a reality, what I think is necessary is a new, cheap, simple interface standard for flash memory modules. Groups of these modules could be grouped together behind a single SATA controller for an eSATA flash "JBOD" style enclosure, or a larger number of them could be RAIDed for a NAS.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

What I want to see is a NAS that looks a bit like the inside of HAL-9000 - a large number of relatively small flash modules, each easily field-replaceable.


That would also be perfect to increase the storage capacity incrementally by buying cheaper and smaller modules and being able to replace the smaller/slowest ones later, one by one. More people would be able to afford this setup, starting with a 60GB module, then buying another 20GB later, etc.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

thats not an attractive color


I thought the opposite. Seems colors are subjective...
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago
All we need now is something from Apple (that's less than three years old) to put it in.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago


What I want to see is a NAS that looks a bit like the inside of HAL-9000

I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that.
Rating: 2 Votes

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