Introducing the industry’s most advanced storage emulation solutions for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Fibre Channel and SAS.
SANBlaze manufactures target and initiator emulators for FCoE, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SAS and other storage protocols. Our highly configurable systems are unique in their ability to emulate actual storage devices. Our target emulators allow you to create read/write drives and tapes, control latency and configure error conditions. Our initiator emulators behave as a real initiator, not just a traffic generator or protocol tester, providing real login and command control.
Utilizing emulation systems in the development, testing and manufacturing of storage networking hardware and software products provide a flexible, scalable and cost effective approach to product development and delivery. Emulation systems provide many benefits over real devices, including:
Emulation systems can simulate thousands of targets and hundreds of Initiators at a fraction of the cost of the real devices. The ability to control all of these devices at once in a controlled and repeatable manner is very difficult with real devices. In addition to this, some edge test cases are nearly impossible to deploy without simulation. For example, to set up an environment with 10,000 targets to test a software solutions capability to discover 10,000 devices (a potential real life, enterprise requirement) is daunting. Using SANBlaze emulation systems, the target environment of 10,000 targets can be configured on 1 3U system in about 5 minutes.
SANBlaze emulation systems are RAMDisk based, and incorporate innovative read and write technology that allow ports to run at full line rate. This provides an environment where performance testing can occur in a near zero latency, repeatable environment.
The ability to inject controlled and repeatable error cases is easily achieved utilizing emulation.
Emulation systems can be deployed at a fraction of what the devices that they are emulating cost. In addition to the actual costs, “soft” cost savings such as power and space, and configuration and deployment times provide a significant ROI for emulation systems.
SANBlaze emulation technology is ideal for:
- Storage developers conducting first pass testing during a development cycle as a proof of concept
- Test engineers who test products for bugs and interoperability, measure performance and conduct compliance tests
- QA engineers when conducting final tests to ensure the quality of a production shipment
- Manufacturing engineers who need flexible, scalable, automated environments to produce products accurately and cost effectively
- Marketing engineers who perform performance and product comparison testing