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CNEX Labs Partners with Microsoft to Boost Storage Performance for the Cloud with Open-Channel SSDs

August 8, 2017

Industry leaders driving adoption of storage technology optimized for data centers

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Tuesday at Flash Memory Summit 2017, CNEX Labs, Inc., a private semiconductor company providing solid-state storage controllers and software for cloud, hyperscale, and enterprise data centers, announced an initiative in collaboration with Microsoft to standardize cloud-optimized Open-Channel Solid State Drive (SSD) technology amidst growing industry support for the ground-breaking approach to non-volatile storage at hyper-scale.

“Microsoft is collaborating with CNEX to develop Open-Channel SSD technology, ensuring it meets the demanding requirements of a cloud-first world,” said Kushagra Vaid, GM, Microsoft Azure Hardware Infrastructure. “Together we’re excited to open this collaboration to industry partners with the aim of developing a robust ecosystem for this game-changing technology.”

"CNEX is proud to be working closely with Microsoft, Broadcom and other industry leaders to bring Open-Channel SSD technology to market, and we look forward to even wider industry collaboration as we produce an industry standard specification,” said Dr. Alan Armstrong, CEO and Co-Founder of CNEX Labs. “CNEX’s state-of-the-art PCIe SSD controllers are built from the ground up with native Open-Channel SSD support to achieve unprecedented performance with low and deterministic latencies, and we have made significant investments in host software – including to LightNVM, the Linux subsystem for Open-Channel SSDs – to provide a launch pad for the broad adoption of this break-through storage advancement.”

“Broadcom is excited to participate in the Open-Channel SSD initiative,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “With LightNVM host software, developed by CNEX, running on Broadcom’s NetXtreme S-Series high performance ARM cores, our customers can now provide IO determinism over NMVe-oF. This will enable more predictable QoS and application performance resulting in rapid adoption of Open-Channel SSD.”

Product announcements and demonstrations at this year’s Flash Memory Summit highlight a maturing Open-Channel SSD technology ecosystem, including:

  • Broadcom NetXtreme S-Series SOC with Open-Channel SSD support and NVMe over Fabrics connectivity (booth 729 Hall B)
  • OakGate Technology SSD test appliance featuring the company’s Storage Validation Framework software, now with Open-Channel SSD test capability (booth 807)
  • SerialTek BusExpert Micro II PCIe/NVMe Protocol Analyzer with Open-Channel SSD command decode support (booth 635)
  • CNEX Labs Open-Channel SSD Reference Design and Linux LightNVM host software (CNEX FMS Suite, demonstrations available by appointment)

Solid-state storage is experiencing explosive growth in cloud infrastructure due to its significant advantages in throughput, latency, and power consumption. However, in large multi-tenant cloud environments with demanding, varied workloads, optimizing performance while also achieving low and predictable latencies is a challenge due to IO collisions and background processing performed by each SSD. Open-Channel SSDs expose the internal parallelism of SSDs and provide greater control of the underlying physical media by the host, enabling a more centralized, software-defined intelligence to manage IO scheduling and data placement to achieve more deterministic I/O performance.

The Open-Channel SSD standards initiative will be open to participation by member companies beginning in Q4 of 2017, with a specification release targeted in the first half of 2018.

About CNEX Labs, Inc.

CNEX is a privately held company founded in 2013 and funded by venture capital and strategic investments from Fortune 500 companies in storage and networking. CNEX delivers innovative storage system solutions in the form of semiconductors and software, partnering with solid-state storage manufacturers and data center customers to develop revolutionary NVMe and Open-Channel SSD controller ASICs that deliver high-performance with low and predictable latency, scalability, and flexibility for software-defined-storage. CNEX controller products are key to accelerating the capabilities of big data compute and analytics for the next generation of cloud, hyper scale and enterprise data centers. For more information, please visit www.cnexlabs.com.

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Flash Memory Summit 2017

Come See Cutting-Edge Storage Test Solutions from OakGate Technology at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit

August 4, 2017

OakGate Technology revels in being a part of the dynamic and exciting flash storage industry. Just in the past year, we witnessed a fascinating evolution of faster and higher-capacity solid state drives (SSDs), usage of flash in the cloud, hyper-converged data centers, NVMe over fabric, open channel SSDs, just a bunch of flash (JBOF) devices, software-defined storage, object storage, and the list goes on. At OakGate, we have been busy driving innovations that will deliver the industry’s most advanced test solutions to help our customers offer cutting-edge products. We want to thank you all for your support over the past year and we look forward to another year of mutual growth and success.

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For the 2017 Flash Memory Summit (FMS), OakGate will be showcasing products and technologies that are helping customers solve the most daunting problems during product development, validation, and manufacturing. We will be delighted to tell you how we have grown our test platform solutions and discuss how we can help you.

If you are curious about emerging technologies that will shape tomorrow’s flash storage, here are some cool test platform highlights that we will be sharing at FMS:

  • The industry’s most advanced NVMe test capabilities
    • NVMe 1.3 and 1.2 feature support, test suite designed for UNH-IOL Mandatory tests
  • NVMe over Fabric
  • Open Channel SSDs/LightNVM
  • File System / Block Exerciser

Be sure to see the preview of OakGate’s fourth-generation storage validation framework (SVF) test software, SVF 4.0. This powerful, modular, flexible software is implemented using an architecture that will dramatically enhance the OakGate’s current SVF 3.x software, which is already the industry’s most respected and mature storage test software.

E-Series 12-Bay U.2 Enclosures: At last year’s FMS, we introduced the revolutionary M-Series 4-Bay Modules, the industry’s very first multi-protocol test solution with power cycling and power measurement capabilities, all within the OakGate appliance. This year, you will meet our E-Series 12-Bay U.2 Enclosure. You can think of it as a perfect vehicle to scale the number of devices you can test in your lab or in a manufacturing environment. It is a compact, yet powerful, high-density test solution. The 12-Bay U.2 Enclosure benefits from the strong DNA of the proven M-Series, so you can count on its ability to support all popular storage protocols and power cycling/measurement. The 12-Bay U.2 Enclosures are available now.

High Density Solutions: Driven by the SVF software engine, OakGate appliances have become the benchmark for test and validation for all phases of product development. Together, our appliances and the newly-introduced E-Series 12-Bay U.2 Enclosure form a formidable combination that customers can quickly deploy in test labs and manufacturing environments where high density, low power, simplified cabling and easy transition to various protocols is required without compromising capabilities or performance.

Speaking of SSD manufacturing solutions, we will have product information available for the EPIC family of SSD testers from our partner Daichu Technologies of Japan. Daichu has a stellar reputation for high quality testers based on proven technology used by some of the world’s most renowned storage suppliers. The EPIC family exclusively uses OakGate’s SVF and Greenlight (Manufacturing Test Application) software.

Last but not the least; we are pleased to announce a sparkling new OakGate website. Visit us at www.oakgatetech.com and learn all the latest and greatest about OakGate. There is a wealth of information you can peruse or download!

Thanks again for your support over the past year. Come see us at this year’s FMS and let us chat about how we can continue to bring more value and be a partner in your success going forward.

We look forward to seeing you at Booth #807 at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit!!

2016 News and Events

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The OakGate Expandable Desktop Appliance with its Storage Validation Framework is Awarded the Highest Rating of “Outstanding” and “Editor’s Choice” by Myce

November 28, 2016

OakGate Expandable Desktop Storage Test Platform Review and Demonstration - Jeremy Reynolds, Enterprise Solid State Storage Reviewer

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Conclusions from Review

There is no doubt that the OakGate Storage Test Platform is a world class product and it therefore comes as no surprise to find that it is used by many of the world’s leading storage manufacturers during their product development cycles. In particular, we understand that OakGate has become the go to platform for NVMe product validation.

For storage product manufacturers it offers a full range of verification capabilities, including:

  • Conformance to major storage protocols (e.g. SAS, SATA, NVMe)
  • I/O performance benchmarking
  • Ability to inject errors into I/O traffic to observe how a drive behaves in response to error conditions
  • Power management, power measurement, and power cycling
  • Performing ‘Directed Tests’ to meet any custom requirement

As a storage product reviewer, I find the capabilities of the platform to be invaluable. Myce’s OakGate Test Platform makes the job of obtaining and publishing the results of an extensive set of performance tests incredibly straightforward – I can’t imagine being without it.

We have no hesitation in awarding the OakGate Expandable Desktop together with the OakGate Storage Validation Framework our highest rating of ‘Outstanding’ and to name it as an ‘Editor’s Choice’.

Flash Memory Summit 2016

OakGate Technology Demonstrates Breakthrough Innovations at FMS 2016

August 6, 2016

At the 2016 Flash Memory Summit, OakGate Technology showcases breakthrough innovations that redefine the way flash storage is tested, validated and benchmarked.

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We are very excited to share live demonstrations of our products, incorporating breakthrough innovation, with visitors to the OakGate Technology booth #815 at this year’s Flash Memory Summit, August 9-11. Over the years, our customers have seen a steady stream of cutting-edge products from OakGate and this year is no exception.

  • Check out OakGate’s M-Series, the industry’s first multi-protocol modules for test appliances. With built-in power-cycling and power-management capabilities, the M-Series modules support up to four 2.5 inch NVMe, SAS and SATA SSDs for full-functionality testing within OakGate test appliances. Together, OakGate M-Series modules and appliances provide the industry’s only in-chassis test platform that can accommodate all popular protocols and form factors. Customers can order M-Series modules now.
  • Don’t miss Enduro – the most advanced storage test application, ever. Designed for tomorrow’s flash storage and SSDs, Enduro incorporates a highly modular, flexible and scalable software architecture. It delivers a comprehensive set of features to completely test the robustness and versatility of your storage devices. It is built on a solid foundation of OakGate’s highly respected SVF Engine. Slated for release later this year, you will get an early glimpse of Enduro at OakGate’s booth.
  • There are several emerging technologies such as NVMe fabric on our radar or in development. Who knows, you might see these in action at the OakGate’s booth #815!

We look forward to seeing you at Flash Memory Summit!!