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Virtual Instruments and SANBlaze Partner to Bring NVMe Workload Modeling and Analytics to Storage Professionals

Integration and Cross Resale of the Leading Products in Storage Workload Simulation Offers Unprecedented Insight into FC-NVMe Workloads for Storage Technology Vendors and Enterprise IT

San Jose, Calif., August 7, 2018 – Virtual Instruments, the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management, today announced a new partnership with SANBlaze Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in SAN Emulation and validation technologies and a leading provider of storage solutions for embedded systems. The partnership is centered on bringing NVMe workload modeling and analytics to both enterprise IT and technology vendors through a joint reselling agreement and includes integrations between the WorkloadWisdom and SANBlaze VirtuaLUN products.

Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) is considered the most disruptive innovation in the storage industry since flash storage. As customer demand for high performance and ultra-low latency applications continues unabated, NVMe and NVMe-over-Fabrics are becoming the preferred protocol, as NVMe is designed to reap the maximum potential from flash optimized storage infrastructures. Vendors need to develop reliable next generation storage systems that will scale to meet the massive performance requirements for big data, IoT and AI-based applications.  Enterprises need to be able to evaluate which next generation storage systems will perform best and be the most cost-effective for their specific applications. The integration of WorkloadWisdom and SANBlaze VirtuaLUN will meet these customer challenges.

SANBlaze embedded computing products and high-performance NVMe-over-Fibre Channel emulation systems are deployed in the test and development labs of most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide. WorkloadWisdom is deployed broadly across both storage technology vendors as well as Global 1000 enterprise IT.

“This partnership has immense benefits for both storage vendors and enterprise IT organizations that are testing and evaluating NVMe-based storage platforms,” said Tim Van Ash, SVP of products at Virtual Instruments. “Now, customers of SANBlaze and Virtual Instruments can both benefit from analytics-driven workload performance analysis and simplified storage system load testing across any mainstream storage technology. It’s the best of both worlds scenario for our mutual customers.”

VirtuaLUN, SANBlaze’s FC-NVMe emulation system, provides a unique set of functions applicable to all aspects of a product lifecycle, from development to design validation and test and QA. By emulating FC-NVMe targets and initiators concurrently with native Fibre Channel targets and initiators, engineers are provided a flexible, scalable tool to simulate real SAN environments. Through this partnership, SANBlaze customers now have access to Virtual Instruments’ WorkloadWisdom production workload analytics and modeling platform to more easily and accurately simulate application workloads and simplify the testing process.

“We pride ourselves on being a pioneer in storage emulation technologies,” said Vince Asbridge, president and CEO of SANBlaze. “Our storage vendor customers require end-to-end validation of their storage networks and systems, especially as they move to next generation technologies such as NVMe. By partnering with Virtual Instruments, we’re now able to offer our customers the application workload modeling and testing they have been asking for by integrating with WorkloadWisdom’s production workload modeling and analytics application.”

Virtual Instruments offers a broad range of storage performance testing and validation solutions.  With the SANBlaze partnership, WorkloadWisdom customers can drive sophisticated production workload models across all mainstream storage technologies, including FC, iSCSI, NFS, SMB, Object, and now in partnership with SANBlaze, FC-NVMe. This will enable WorkloadWisdom customers to better understand how to place critical workloads and lower-tiered applications to optimize existing storage infrastructure spend and minimize risk.

About SANBlaze

SANBlaze Technology, Inc. is a pioneer in SAN Emulation and validation technologies and a leading provider of storage solutions for embedded systems. SANBlaze emulation and validation products provide storage engineers, test, QA and manufacturing teams with scalable, high performance and configurable emulated environments for FCoE, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, SAS, NVMe and NVMe-oF targets and initiators. SANBlaze is an active member of the NVM Express Organization, SNIA, and FCIA. SANBlaze emulation systems are installed at most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide.


About Virtual Instruments

Virtual Instruments is the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management. It provides comprehensive infrastructure instrumentation and performance analytics for enterprise data centers. The company’s solutions give IT teams deep workload visibility and actionable insights into their end-to-end systems across the hybrid data center. Virtual Instruments empowers companies to maximize the performance, availability and utilization of their production IT infrastructure. Virtual Instruments has over 500 customers, including enterprise IT, cloud service providers and storage vendors. The privately held company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit

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