OCZ Technology Collaborates with Mellanox® Technologies to Optimize SQL Server for Microsoft Always-On Environments

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    Combination of Mellanox ConnectX®-3 EN 40GbE NIC with OCZ ZD-XL SQL Accelerator Replicates Database Volumes Faster and with High Availability Presented at MS TechEd, Booth #316


    SAN JOSE, CA and SUNNYVALE, CA—May 30, 2013 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, and Mellanox® Technologies (NASDAQ:MLNX; TASE:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center and storage systems, have collaborated together to optimize Microsoft SQL Server applications in an MS Always-On deployment that delivers flash I/O storage performance and high availability of data.  These capabilities will be presented June 3rd through June 6th, in the Mellanox booth (#316) at the North America MS TechEd Conference, New Orleans Morial Convention Center.


    The combination of the Mellanox ConnectX®-3 EN 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network interface card (NIC) with OCZ’s ZD-XL SQL Accelerator replicates database volumes in an MS SQL Server environment.  The combined solutions deliver industry-leading Ethernet connectivity, intelligent and efficient cache and flash volume distribution of PCI Express (PCIe) flash resources as well as enabling High Availability (HA) services of MS SQL Server installations.


    To achieve this innovative capability, the MS SQL Server environment containing two servers (each using a ZD-XL SQL Accelerator and ConnectX-3 EN NIC) are connected using SQL Server Always-On.  High Availability of this environment is maintained by replicating the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator data using the Mellanox NIC to the secondary server. 


    “This industry-first solution assures that performance will be maintained at accelerated levels through ZD-XL SQL Accelerator flash performance with our 40GbE NIC interconnection handling the replication of even the highest flash induced SQL Server loads,” said Motti Beck, Director of Enterprise Market Development for Mellanox Technologies. “We are very pleased to jointly develop this capability with OCZ enabling SQL Server operations to continue from the point when a server fails, providing flash speed to end-users as if no problem had occurred.”


    “We are equally excited to work with Mellanox on providing high bandwidth, high availability solutions, and with the ConnectX-3 EN NIC providing four times better Ethernet connectivity for data replication, is an ideal match for our ZD-XL SQL Accelerator in support of mission-critical SQL Server applications,” said Dr. Allon Cohen, Vice President of Software and Solutions for OCZ Technology.  “The ability to provide this innovative acceleration and replication between flash resources enables MS SQL Server environments to function at the speed of flash while retaining complete high availability.”


    The Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN 40/56GbE NIC delivers high-bandwidth and industry-leading Ethernet connectivity for performance-driven server and storage applications in enterprise data centers, High Performance Computing (HPC) and embedded environments.  Its low power and application acceleration for converged I/O infrastructures eliminate the need for multiple Ethernet connections to the server while maximizing server and storage performance throughput. This results in reduced operating costs and network complexity.  More information is available at www.mellanox.com/ethernet/40gbe_index.php.


    OCZ’s new ZD- XL SQL Accelerator is a plug-and-play flash acceleration solution optimized for SQL Server deployments.  It represents the convergence of enterprise hardware and software as one tightly integrated, optimized solution ensuring that appropriate and readily available data is on SSD flash when SQL Server needs it. Plugging seamlessly into existing or new SQL Server installations, ZD-XL SQL Accelerator provides on-host application-optimized flash caching for SAN or DAS DB volumes enabling data to be accessed with the highest possible I/O performance. More information is available at www.ocz.com/enterprise.


    About Microsoft TechEd North America 2013

    Microsoft TechEd North America is the premier technical education and networking event for any technology professional interested in learning, connecting and exploring a broad set of current and soon-to-be-released Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms and services.  The event is held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, from June 3-6, 2013. More information is available at www.northamerica.msteched.com.


    About Mellanox Technologies, Inc.

    Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.


    About OCZ Technology Group, Inc.

    Founded in 2002, San Jose, CA-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OCZ) is a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of high-performance solid-state storage solutions and premium computer components.  Offering a complete spectrum of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ provides SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces (i.e. PCIe, SAS and SATA) to address a wide range of client and enterprise applications. Having developed firmware and controller platforms, to virtualization and endurance extending 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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    OCZ Press Contact:

    Scott Harlin

    Director of Marketing Communications

    (408) 440-3484



    Mellanox Press Contact:

    Ashley Paula

    Waggener Edstrom

    (415) 547-7024



    OCZ Investor Relations Contact:

    Bonnie Mott

    Senior Manager of Investor Relations

    (408) 440-3428