SANBlaze Technology, Inc. is a pioneer in storage emulation technologies and a leading provider of storage, networking and multifunction solutions for embedded systems. SANBlaze emulation systems are deployed in the test and development labs of most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide. SANBlaze embedded computing products include a complete line of AdvancedTCA® and AMC board level solutions, as well as preconfigured and integrated systems solutions. These products are deployed into telecom and defense applications.
The SANBlaze VirtuaLUN Target Emulation System for Fibre Channel shipped to our first customer in June of 2004. Since that time, we have delivered the product to an increasing list of storage hardware, software and HBA vendors. A constantly evolving product, we are continuously incorporating many new features that our customers ask for, and provide 2 to 3 major software releases yearly. Product releases have included the GargantuLUN family, which provides higher port density in the form of a 12 and 24 port Fibre Channel version.
- In 2006, the SANBlazter family of Initiator emulation solutions was introduced.
- In 2007, we delivered SAS emulation systems.
- In 2008, we saw the release of the 8G Fibre Channel emulation systems.
- In 2009, emulation systems for FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) and 6G SAS systems were delivered, continuing the company’s history of supplying innovative, leading edge storage networking test and development equipment.
- In 2011, we introduced iSCSI emulation systems for both target and initiator.
- In 2012, we delivered the industries first (and only) 16G Fibre Channel emulation systems and solutions.
- In 2013, we released a 12G SAS emulator.
- In 2014, we’ve added support for the latest VMware storage APIs such as VASA and VVOL
- In 2014, we added 40G support for iSCSI emulation
- In 2015 support for 40G FCoE, 32G Fibre Channel and NVMe were added to the emulation product line
The name VirtuaLUN comes from the fact that the product provides the ability to have virtual “LUNS” or disk drives. Truthfully, no one uses this name. Some people call it just the SANBlaze, the SANBlazer, the SANbolizer, the Target Emulator and a number of other names that the engineers here think are very funny but wouldn’t really look good on a datasheet. Frankly, we’re not all that concerned with what people call it, as long as they call it a great, “indispensable tool that they can’t be without.” (actual customer quote)
Embedded Computing Solutions:
Our embedded computing solutions are board and system level products that provide enterprise class storage technologies in form factors that address the storage requirements of embedded computing designs. SAS, SATA, SSD and Fibre Channel adapters and compute and storage blades are available for embedded platforms such as CompactPCI, MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA.
In 2008, SANBlaze introduced the industry’s first ATCA based storage blade that provides in-chassis storage solutions to ATCA system designers utilizing leading edge SAN technologies, such as 10G Ethernet and iSCSI.
As ATCA board designs get more compact, Rear Transition Modules (RTM’s) have become an important system design element combining multi-functions such as storage and networking. In 2009, SANBlaze delivered a complete line of RTM’s that combine a number of system functions onto a single platform. We continue to innovate in this area.
In 2011, the ATCA 2000 was introduced. This is our second generation ATCA storage blade, and provides the highest performance and density solution in the marketplace.
Also in 2011, we introduced the ATCA 7300, an ATCA processor blade. This provides our customers with a complete ecosystem of compute and storage blades, and interoperable RTM’s to maximize design flexibility.
Our storage and compute board level products were VMware certified in 2011.
Through 2011 and continuing in 2012, our focus on deploy-able, integrated application ready platforms based on ATCA have met the requirements of a number of programs in the DoD space, enhancing our embedded computing offerings with Rugged Compute Platforms.
In August of 2012, we purchased the ATCA Switch product line from DTI, adding network switching to our portfolio of embedded computing solutions.
We provide these commercial off the shelf (COTS) products directly to end users, as well as on an OEM basis through leading manufacturers in the embedded computing market.
Founded in 2003, we are a well funded, private company, started by entrepreneurs and business people who have founded and grown successful, customer focused technology companies prior to beginning SANBlaze.
In 2008 we were recognized by Inc. Magazine as the 161st fastest growing private company in America, based on our 1417% growth from 2004 to 2008.
In July 2010 we purchased embedded technologies specialist Emtech LLC to accelerate SANBlaze’s growth in embedded product designs, sales and integration. This strategic acquisition has allowed us to expand our sales force, product line and partnerships, providing our OEM, defense and telecom customers with more technical and economic options to deploy ATCA solutions.
Due to our continued growth, in December 2011, we moved our headquarters to a new facility in Littleton, Massachusetts.