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Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Cisco & SANBlaze Announce that NVMe-oF is Ready for the Enterprise

Leading Innovators Look to Accelerate NVMe over Fabric Adoption Across the Lifecycle from Testing to Production in Expansive Demo at Dell Technologies World

San Jose, CA, April 25, 2019 – Together with Dell EMC, Cisco and SANBlaze, hybrid infrastructure management and AIOps leader Virtual Instruments today announced that the highly advanced non-volatile memory express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage protocol is now ready for the enterprise. The four NVMe-oF innovators will showcase the complete ecosystem to accelerate enterprise NVMe-oF adoption – from testing to deployment – through a collaborative demo at Dell Technologies World, taking place in Las Vegas from April 29 – May 2, 2019.

NVMe is considered one of the most disruptive innovations in the storage industry since flash storage, as it promises to reduce latency and increase performance far beyond existing SAS-based flash systems.  NVMe-oF extends that performance boost over current storage infrastructures. However, until now, NVMe-oF faced challenges to widespread adoption in the enterprise sector with limited product availability and uncertainty with respect to the actual benefits. Enterprise IT leaders have been facing challenging decisions, including which workloads will benefit the most, how to select the right products, and how to mitigate risk during migration due to the limited supporting ecosystem.

At Dell Technologies World, Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Cisco and SANBlaze will demonstrate how the four companies have collaborated to eliminate these challenges to make NVMe-oF enterprise-ready. The demo will simulate an NVMe-based, workload-heavy enterprise environment, which will consist of the following technologies:

The environment will feature Cisco’s MDS switches, which are sold and serviced by Dell EMC under the Connectrix MDS brand, connected to Dell EMC PowerMax arrays, with the massive simulated load generated by the combination of Virtual Instruments’ WorkloadWisdom storage workload modeling and analytics, integrated with the SANBlaze VirtuaLUN load generator. The entire environment will be monitored from end-to-end by Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom, which will showcase new agentless integrations to Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming (NVMe-oF), and Dell EMC NVMe-oF PowerMax that collect, monitor, correlate and analyze from the application servers, to the PowerMax. Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming provides on-switch, in-band monitoring of NVMe-oF I/O storage traffic.

By showcasing superior NVMe-oF performance for the enterprise in a fully tested and monitored environment, the expansive demo will illustrate how the integrated ecosystem of Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Cisco and SANBlaze is making NVMe-oF viable for enterprise data centers. For example, the latest Cisco 32Gb MDS switches support both Fibre Channel and NVMe running in the same chassis, along with SAN Telemetry Streaming (STS), enabling IT leaders to reduce the risk of migration to NVMe-based storage such as the latest Dell EMC PowerMax arrays. As a result, the four companies are poised to help accelerate the adoption of NVMe in the enterprise for high-performance mission-critical applications.

In addition to Virtual Instruments’ integral role in the multi-company demo at Dell Technologies World, Virtual Instruments will have a major presence at the event.

At Virtual Instruments’ booth (#501), there will be interactive demos of VirtualWisdom and WorkloadWisdom, as well as a showcase of Virtual Instruments’ highly regarded professional services, including the Cloud Migration Readiness service and the Infrastructure Performance Assessment service. In addition, one of Virtual Instruments’ healthcare customers, Houston Methodist, will lead a presentation focused on best practices around infrastructure management for mission-critical applications. Following are details on the session:

  • What:Best Practices for Infrastructure Management for Mission-Critical Apps

  • Where:

    • Room: Zeno 4702

    • Dell Technologies World

    • The Venetian

    • 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd

    • Las Vegas, NV 89109

  • When: Wednesday, May 1 from 12 noon to 1pm

  • Who: Trey Jones, director of IT infrastructure services, Houston Methodist

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Supporting Quotes

“NVMe is the future of high-end data storage in the enterprise, but as is the case with many emerging technologies, the cost/performance benefit analysis will be the driver of enterprise adoption,” said Travis Vigil, senior vice president, product management, Dell EMC. “Our collaboration with Virtual Instruments, Cisco and SANBlaze will illustrate why enterprises can now rely on NVMe as the storage foundation of their modern hybrid data centers.”

“Cisco has been a technology leader for NVMe over FC and Ethernet. NVMe delivers significant scale, latency/performance improvements, and overall better storage integration for our data center customers,” said Thomas Scheibe, VP of product management for Cisco Data Center. “Together with Virtual Instruments and other ecosystem partners, Cisco will demonstrate the delivery of FC-NVMe and SAN Insights Streaming on the Cisco MDS storage switch product line, enabling end-to-end NVMe connectivity and fabric performance monitoring.”

“Enterprises require end-to-end validation of their storage networks and systems, and this is especially true of a highly advanced technology such as NVMe,” said Vince Asbridge, president and CEO of SANBlaze. “By collaborating with Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC and Cisco, we’re able to give enterprises the peace of mind they need to forge ahead with their NVMe deployments.”

“Enterprise IT leaders are eager to evaluate next-generation, NVMe-based storage systems that can scale to meet the massive performance requirements for big data, IoT and AI-based applications,” said John Gentry, CTO and SVP of business development of Virtual Instruments. “But beyond the performance of NVMe, enterprises rightfully want to be sure that it is also a cost-effective and low-risk approach for their mission-critical applications. Through our collaboration with Dell EMC, Cisco and SANBlaze, we’re able to demonstrate that NVMe is now enterprise-grade – which enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives.”

About Virtual Instruments

Virtual Instruments is the leader in AIOps for hybrid infrastructure 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 from the data center to the cloud. The privately held company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit



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