SANBlaze Launches Dual Port NVMe Drive Test Capability for SBExpress™ Platform
Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Littleton, MA –– SANBlaze, a leading innovator in storage emulation and validation, is proud to announce the launch of the Dual Port NVMe Drive Test Platform. This innovative appliance allows dual port 2.5” NVMe drives to be connected to a host system, creating an easy to use test and development platform for drive vendors. It enables customers to perform engineering debug, quality assurance and validation in small scale lots. The system also features Quarch™ functionality to enable signal glitching, power measurement, and hot-swap support on the dual ported devices under test.
NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) provides a standards-based approach for PCI Express (PCIe) solid state storage access that significantly improves performance by reducing latency and streamlining the command set, while providing support for security and end-to-end data protection.
“In continuing our leadership role in NVMe innovation and flash array SSD storage, SANBlaze is excited to introduce a Dual Port NVMe SSD drive test tool that validates dual port drive performance, critical redundancy and multi path failover, for mission-critical and high availability SSD flash array SAN applications. We are continuing our commitment to offering “Best in Class” test tools that continue to be critical to the validation test effort of our customers,” stated Rick Walsh, SANBlaze Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
The NVMe test backplane combined with the SANBlaze test software allows developers of NVMe storage devices to reliably QA their product by running test scenarios in the lab before release. The platform provides development teams with tools to do tradeoff analysis of power versus performance and FW/HW changes or enhancements. Users can also use the NVMe test platform against their own host system via the USB control port to induce errors and ensure the reliability of their own storage system. When used with a SANBlaze NVMe host initiator, the system allows for a variety of test scenarios to be run. This includes I/O performance testing, NVMe conformance testing, automated hot plug testing and error injection.
The SANBlaze SBExpress is a full turnkey NVMe 2.5″ SSD Validation Test System. It features a comprehensive set of functions applicable to all aspects of a product’s lifecycle, from development to design validation to test and QA. The ability to drive NVMe SSDs with a wide range of configurable attributes provides engineers with a flexible, scalable tool to simulate real disk and memory access environments and issues. Development, qualification, and certification test cycles can be highly automated, thus reducing overall test time, and rapidly surfacing errors and non-conformance.
SBExpress hardware also features full power margining under software control and continuous voltage, current, and power measurement at each device while testing. Adding an optional Quarch™ riser enables signal glitching on all PCIe signals, and Quarch integration into SANBlaze’s VirtuaLUN™ software allows glitching, PCIe lane failure, and drive controlled/surprise removal operations to occur while testing.
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 FC-NVMe targets and initiators. SANBlaze is an active member of NVM Express Organization, SNIA, and FCIA. SANBlaze emulation systems are installed at most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide.