New SANBlaze Software features include: NVMe initiator support, 32G Fibre Channel support, 40G FCoE /iSCSI support, QuarchTM controller integration and VMware VVOL support

SANBlaze today released the latest version of its industry leading VirtuaLUN™ storage emulation sanblazeLUNs2software.  New features include: initiator support for NVM Express (NVMe) drive testing; complete support for 32G Fibre Channel cards, increasing the performance of the SANBlaze solution for line rate 32G FC testing; Emulex® 40G FCoE /iSCSI support; and added support for Quarch modules to allow support for drive pulls and low level signal glitching.

Key VirtuaLUN 7.4 Features:

  • NVMe initiator support
  • 32G Fibre Channel support
  • Emulex 40G FCoE /iSCSI support
  • Quarch controller integration

SANBlaze VirtuaLUN NVMe Initiator is the key piece of test equipment for anyone needing to test NVMe target devices. NVMe was created to deliver the full potential of Non-Volatile Memory in Enterprise and Client platforms for PCI Express® based SSDs. The VirtuaLUN feature set provides a unique set of functions applicable in all aspects of a product lifecycle; from development to design validation to test and QA. The ability to drive NVMe targets 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, reducing time and surfacing issues and errors.

“Increased adoption of the Non-Volatile Memory express NVMe specification and NVMe devices present a perfect use case for the SANBlaze emulation system.  SANBlaze’s high performance initiator emulation coupled with full support for NVMe devices make SANBlaze an invaluable tool for NVMe engineering qualification and production test.  SANBlaze is currently working with leading NVMe device vendors providing multi-path, multiple namespace and reservation verification compliance testing.”  Vince Asbridge, Director of Software Engineering, SANBlaze

SANBlaze has added support for Quarch modules to allow support for drive pulls and low level signal glitching. Modules can be managed via Ethernet or connected directly to a SANBlaze system via USB. They can then be accessed via the SANBlaze GUI as well as by using a REST API to allow for scripting and automation.

The SANBlaze VirtuaLUN Emulator provides a means to test and exercise your storage hardware or software with emulated devices, saving the expense of populating your test environment with scratch disks, JBODs or arrays. Direct insertion of the SANBlaze into a backplane or drive slot allows for error injection and “bad drive” test conditions for testing of storage software. The SANBlaze VirtuaLUN™ emulates Fibre Channel, FCoE, SAS and iSCSI targets such as disk drives and tapes for read/write performance testing environments, with no initiator side software changes required.

The system can also emulate 100’s of initiator ports, providing the ability to simulate 100’s of hosts for applications such as load testing, login density testing and boot storms.

SANBlaze VirtuaLUN emulation systems are available in a number of configurations and system sizes, as well as a software only version deployed on customer hardware. SANBlaze appliance options of 1U and 3U systems provide varying options for port density and memory configurations.

The software is available to run in a graphical user interface (GUI) via a web browser, or by a command line interface (CLI), or via scripts.

The product is available now.



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Emulex® is registered trademark of Emulex Corporation

Quarch is a trademark of Quarch Technology, Ltd