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OCZ Technology Collaborates With Mellanox(R) Technologies to Optimize SAN-less Fault Tolerant VMware Environments

OCZ Technology Collaborates With Mellanox(R) Technologies to Optimize SAN-less 
Fault Tolerant VMware Environments 
SAN-less Fault Tolerant VMware Clusters Demonstrated at VMworld,
Booth #711, Combining the Mellanox ConnectX(R)-3 EN 40GbE NIC With
OCZ VXL Software 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  -- (Marketwired) -- 08/26/13 --  VMworld 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 deliver flash I/O storage performance and complete fault
tolerance (FT) to VMware clusters on top of on-host server flash and
hard disk drives (HDDs). These SAN-less, fault tolerant capabilities
will be presented in OCZ's booth (#711) at VMworld 2013, Moscone
Convention Center, today through August 29th. 
The combination of the Mellanox ConnectX®-3 EN 40 Gigabit Ethernet
(GbE) network interface card (NIC) with OCZ's VXL Software replicates
VMware datastores in virtualized SAN-less clusters. The combined
solutions deliver industry-leading Ethernet connectivity, intelligent
and efficient cache and flash volume distribution of PCI Express
(PCIe) flash resources while enabling High Availability (HA) and
Fault Tolerance (FT) services of VMware clusters. 
To achieve this innovative capability, a virtualized environment
containing two servers (with OCZ VXL 1.3.1 Software, OCZ Z-Drive R4
PCIe flash cards and Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN NICs in each) run
virtualized enterprise loads that include such applications as
Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server. SAN-less HA and
FT of this environment is maintained by VXL Software storage network
sharing, high availability and mirroring capabilities using the
high-speed, low latency Mellanox NIC to the secondary server.  
"This industry-first solution enables VMware virtualized data centers
to benefit from flash-level performance while retaining network
accessibility and fault tolerance using our 40GbE NIC interconnection
to handle the server-to-server enterprise storage loads," said Motti
Beck, Director of Enterprise Market Development for Mellanox
Technologies. "We are very pleased to extend our collaboration with
OCZ enabling virtualized environments to benefit from highly
available, low latency SAN-less deployments." 
"The combination of on-host flash with our VXL Software enables lower
TCO in the software-defined data center by increasing VM density and
server utilization," said Dr. Allon Cohen, Vice President of Software
and Solutions for OCZ Technology. "Our collaboration with Mellanox to
enable lower latency and increased bandwidth connectivity between
servers enables these environments to enjoy the TCO and performance
gain improvements while retaining all of the benefits of a SAN-less,
software-defined deployment without compromises or limitations." 
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 VXL Caching and Virtualization Software efficiently distributes
randomized data between all available flash cells locally on-host
while delivering a complete virtual performance system that
accelerates Virtual Machine (VM) applications. It creates a flash
virtualization layer on top of the virtualization hypervisor (such as
ESXi) to enable IT managers to dynamically deploy flash resources
exactly to the needs of VMs when the VMs need them. This approach
enables intelligent and efficient on-demand distribution of flash
resources between all connected VMs so that the Z-Drive R4 PCI SSD
can be virtualized as a highly available network resource to be
shared amongst any VM in the cluster. The result is that no VM
inefficiently occupies flash when it can be better used elsewhere in
the environment. More information is available at
www.ocz.com/enterprise. 
Join OCZ Technology at this week's VMworld 2013 to see the company's
latest Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs, Deneva 2 SATA III SSDs, Talos 2 SAS SSDs
and VXL Software, Booth #711, Moscone Convention Center. 
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. 
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this release relate to future events and
expectations and as such constitute forward-looking statements
involving known and unknown factors that may cause actual results of
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. to be different from those expressed or
implied in the forward-looking statements. In this context, words
such as "will," "would," "expect," "anticipate," "should" or other
similar words and phrases often identify forward-looking statements
made on behalf of OCZ. It is important to note that actual results of
OCZ may differ materially from those described or implied in such
forward-looking statements based on a number of factors and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risk that the
process of preparing and auditing the financial statements or other
subsequent events would require OCZ to make additional adjustments;
the time and effort required to complete the restatement of the
financial reports; the ramifications of OCZ's potential inability to
timely file required reports; including potential delisting of OCZ's
common stock on NASDAQ; the risk of litigation or governmental
investigations or proceedings relating to such matters; market
acceptance of OCZ's products and OCZ's ability to continually develop
enhanced products; adverse changes both in the general macro-economic
environment as well as in the industries OCZ serves, including
computer manufacturing, traditional and online retailers, information
storage, internet search and content providers and computer system
integrators; OCZ's ability to efficiently manage material and
inventory, including integrated circuit chip costs and freight costs;
and OCZ's ability to generate cash from operations, secure external
funding for its operations and manage its liquidity needs. Other
general economic, business and financing conditions and factors are
described in more detail in "Item 1A -- Risk Factors" in Part I in
OCZ's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on May 14, 2012,
and statements made in other subsequent filings. The filing is
available both at www.sec.gov as well as via OCZ's website at
www.ocz.com. OCZ does not undertake to update its forward-looking
statements. 
All trademarks or brand names referred to herein are the property of
their respective owners. 
OCZ Press Contact:
Scott Harlin
Director of Marketing Communications
(408) 440-3484
sharlin@ocztechnology.com 
Mellanox Press Contact:
Ashley Paula
Waggener Edstrom
(415) 547-7024
apaula@waggeneredstrom.com 
OCZ Investor Relations Contact:
Bonnie Mott
Senior Manager of Investor Relations
(408) 440-3428
bmott@ocztechnology.com
 
 
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