why is r5 a bummer? i'm glad it's no where to be found. zdrive r4 was a disappointment, r5 too. what's the point or releasing cutting edge hardware if they can't even sell it.
maybe this vector pcie will get the ground moving for enterprise.
Strange that they would position the Vector PCIe product as a consumer / "enthusiast" product. Also says it works with windows laptops. PCIe for laptops? Must be a mini PCIe port form factor; That's interesting.
I don't know what you were reading but It looks like an enterprise / workstation solution to me. I reread the article and did not find anything that said it was geared toward consumer.
In the enterprise space there may already be a shift away from SATA to 2.5'' PCIe. SATA is a huge bottleneck so if you're going to pay for speed you might as well get it all and go to PCIe. Increases your ROI if you're looking at some performance/dollar metric.
If you remember Kilimanjaro from last year, there was a 2.5'' PCIe version but it seems Vector has replaced it. I think it's pretty clear there's going to be an all in-house enterprise PCIe drive eventually. I've mentioned it here before, one of the big knocks on OCZ has been their release cycle. With the R4 it looks like it will have had 2 years to develop in the market before they release their next major drive. Look at FIO and the ioDrive. There was a big gap between ioDrive 1 and ioDrive 2 (probably because there was little competition for a while).