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OCZ Storage Solutions' PCIe-Based Z-Drive SSD Series Certified As DataCore Ready

Joint Customers Experience Enhanced Performance Optimization by Leveraging SSD Technology in a Software-Defined Architecture

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - April 15, 2014) - OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that its entire PCIe-based enterprise-class Z-Drive SSD Series are now certified as DataCore Ready. Through this certification program, OCZ's Z-Drive SSD Series has demonstrated product compatibility with DataCore's SANsymphony-V software platform by meeting the verification criteria set by DataCore through the successful execution of planned functional tests.

SANsymphony-V is DataCore's ninth-generation storage virtualization solution and is currently being used in more than 10,000 customer sites worldwide. The software is designed to maximize IT infrastructure performance, availability and utilization by virtualizing storage assets. Once deployed, it seamlessly manages and scales data storage architectures, combines all available storage into a single storage pool and virtualizes it delivering large performance gains through a hardware-agnostic model.

"We are pleased that OCZ's Z-Drive SSD Series is now DataCore Ready certified as this enables our joint customers to confidently utilize one of the fastest PCIe-based SSD products to further optimize application performance on software-defined architectures," said Carlos M. Carreras, Vice President of Alliances and Business Development at DataCore. "In the software-defined data center, virtualization, automation and system efficiencies must be driven through software, requiring a cost-effective approach to managing storage growth while getting the most out of hardware investments."

Both the Z-Drive 4500 Series and Z-Drive R4 Series are driven by OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture™ (VCA), deliver industry-leading sustained performance for MLC-based PCIe edge cards and support 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB usable capacities. The latest Z-Drive 4500 Series enables even higher performance in comparison to the R4 Series, leveraging 19 nanometer MLC NAND flash, a more robust architectural design, and an advanced suite of enterprise-class drive endurance and data reliability tools required by today's IT managers.

"DataCore's SANsymphony-V storage virtualization platform is highly regarded in the market and complements our Z-Drive SSD Series with performance optimization, virtualization and caching, among other key capabilities," said Erik Jones, Director of Product Management, Enterprise PCIe SSDs for OCZ Storage Solutions. "We are pleased to achieve the DataCore Ready certification as our high-performance Z-Drive SSD Series are ideally suited for our joint customers and the physical infrastructures supported from all of the major storage manufacturers."

More information on DataCore's SANsymphony-V platform is available at:
http://www.datacore.com/products/SANsymphony-V.aspx.

More information on OCZ's Z-Drive 4500 SSD Series or Z-Drive R4 SSD Series is available at:
http://www.ocz.com/enterprise.

About DataCore
DataCore is a leader in software-defined storage. The company's storage virtualization software empowers organizations to seamlessly manage and scale their data storage architectures, delivering massive performance gains at a fraction of the cost of solutions offered by legacy storage hardware vendors. Backed by 10,000 customer sites around the world, DataCore's adaptive and self-learning and healing technology takes the pain out of manual processes and helps deliver on the promise of the new software defined data center through its hardware agnostic architecture. Visit http://www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111 for more information.

About OCZ Storage Solutions
OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company is a leading provider of high performance client and enterprise solid-state storage products and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Offering a complete spectrum of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ Storage Solutions leverages proprietary technology to provide SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces to address a wide range of applications. Having internally developed firmware and controllers, virtualization, cache and acceleration software, and endurance extending and data reliability technologies, the Company delivers vertically integrated solutions enabling transformational approaches to how digital data is captured, stored, accessed, analyzed and leveraged by customers. More information is available at www.ocz.com.

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