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SANBlaze Partners with UNH-IOL to Develop Open Compute Project Test Scripts

Joint Development Effort to Benefit SSD Manufacturers by Targeting Improvements in Real-World Robustness

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Littleton, MA, USA — October 19, 2022SANBlaze Technology Inc., a leading worldwide provider of advanced storage test and validation technologies, today announced that it is working closely with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) to produce OCP (Open Compute Project) test scripts, leveraging the combined experience of both teams in testing NVMe and advanced storage solutions.  The final test scripts will be made available in both SANBlaze test products and UNH-IOL testing services. 

OCP, spearheaded by Microsoft, provides SSD manufacturers with real-world operational scenarios, improving robustness and suitability for deployment.  UNH-IOL is an independent test facility that provides interoperability and standards conformance testing for networking, telecommunications, data storage, and consumer technology products.

“Working closely with the UNH-IOL allows us to provide OCP test scripts that our customers can rely upon, given their experience working with NVMe over the last 10+ years,” said Vince Asbridge, CEO of SANBlaze.  “SANBlaze offers expert testing in NVMe native, TCP RoCE, Fibre Channel, NVMe-oF (fabrics), and now our latest offering of OCP.”

“The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory tests networking, storage, and data communications products from multiple vendors, fostering interoperability,” said Tim Sheehan, Manager, Datacenter Technologies, UNH-IOL.  “We are pleased that our engineers are working directly with SANBlaze engineers to develop OCP scripts to meet our customers’ needs.  The UNH-IOL will be offering OCP NVMe testing utilizing the SANBlaze VirtuaLUN, helping SSD vendors to ensure quality validation and compliance.”    


SANBlaze Suite of Products

SANBlaze solutions include the SBExpress-RM5™ rackmount appliance, the SBExpress-DT5™ desktop appliance, and the industry benchmark SBExpress Certified by SANBlaze software, which provides 900+ ready-to-go tests and scripts.  These PCIe 5.0 platforms provide broad test capabilities for development, QA, validation, and manufacturing teams in data centers large and small.


The SBExpress-RM5 is a 16-bay enterprise-class NVMe test appliance supporting hot-plug and all link speeds up through PCIe 5.0.  The system features a unique modular “riser” design that enables user-configurable variable slot support, as well as field-upgradable support for all PCIe 5.0 connector form factors, including U.2, M.2, EDSFF, and the new E3/EDSFF.

SANBlaze SBExpress-RM5 PCIe NVMe Test System


The ability to margin and measure power, glitch signals, and test spread spectrum clocking (SSC) or conventional clocking in both common and SRIS/SRNS modes sets the SBExpress-RM5 apart from all others in the NVMe SSD testing space.  Data integrity is verified with a comprehensive suite of read/write/compare tests, with exception cases such as power glitching while running IO, and built-in "Write Atomicity" testing as part of the Certified by SANBlaze test suite.  Testing is accessible through a web interface to the appliance or via Python, XML and REST APIs, which come standard with the system.  The SBExpress™ Gen5 software includes 900+ test scripts to enable IOL testing in the customer’s lab, before undergoing official testing, as well as ZNS, VDM, and TCG Opal verification.

The SBExpress-DT5 is the sixth generation SBExpress system and is both evolutionary, growing from its successful family of predecessors, and revolutionary, with advanced test capabilities such as Vendor Defined Messaging (VDM) testing, MI (Management Interface) in-band, and SMBUS testing at 1MHz.  All features of the enterprise test suite Certified by SANBlaze are supported by DT5 at PCIe 5.0 speed.

​SANBlaze SBExpress-DT5 PCIe NVMe Test System

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About SANBlaze

SANBlaze, a member of the Symbiosys Alliance, is a pioneer in storage testing and validation technologies.  SANBlaze systems are deployed in the test and development labs of most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide.  SANBlaze is revolutionizing the NVMe Storage Area Network (SAN) and PCIe device qualification markets by offering NVMe testing end-to-end.  We are first to market a solution that tests Native NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) for complete end-to-end testing of your entire system using single port or dual port drives.  More information is available on

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