Press Releases

August 7, 2017

OakGate Technology to Demonstrate Test Capabilities for Open-Channel Solid State Drives (SSDs) CNEX Labs

Based on OakGate Technology’s Storage Validation Framework (SVF) and CNEX Labs’ silicon and software, the demonstration will highlight key benefits of open-channel SSDs

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Santa Clara, California, August 7, 2017 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced that it will demonstrate test products supporting Open-Channel SSDs and LightNVM at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from August 8 through 10. This demo is a result of close cooperation between OakGate Technology and CNEX Labs, an innovative semiconductor company developing solid-state storage controllers and software for cloud, hyperscale and enterprise data centers.

“OakGate is pleased to support Open-Channel SSDs -- enabled by LightNVM, the open-source Linux Open-Channel SSD subsystem -- in partnership with CNEX Labs,” said Bob Weisickle, Founder and CEO of OakGate Technology. “We have a proven track record of providing cutting edge test solutions for emerging technologies and we are proud to do the same for Open-Channel SSDs. This functionality will add a significant value to our SVF test suite which already offers the richest feature set in the industry. We look forward to assisting our customers with the deployment of this breakthrough technology into tomorrow’s flash arrays and hyperscale data centers,” added Mr. Weisickle.

As SSDs become commonplace in data-centers and storage arrays, there is a growing demand for predictable latency. Traditional SSDs incorporate a high-level of abstraction at the cost of unpredictable performance and suboptimal resource utilization. Open-Channel SSDs expose the internal parallelism of the SSD to the host and allow the host to manage it. In addition to predictable latencies and I/O isolation, Open-Channel SSDs serve as an ideal software-defined non-volatile memory.

“CNEX Labs has taken early leadership in developing Open-Channel SSD technology and delivering semiconductor and software solutions with full support for this game-changing approach to solid state storage,” said Justin Heindel, VP of Marketing & Business Development at CNEX Labs. “Our partnership with OakGate will help provide test solutions critical to bringing this transformative technology to market.”

The demonstration will take place at OakGate Technology’s booth number 807 at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit. An OakGate test appliance equipped with the company’s highly respected SVF software suite will be connected via the LightNVM Open-Channel subsystem to an SSD featuring the CNEX Westlake Open-Channel controller. OakGate will also be demonstrating additional industry leading test solutions in its booth, please contact the company for additional details.

About OakGate Technology

OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is a leading provider of test, validation, and benchmarking test platform to the storage industry. The privately held company is a recognized leader in test and validation tools for solid state storage. OakGate’s highly-capable and flexible platforms support all popular storage protocols and are based on advanced, proprietary software, and industry standard hardware. OakGate’s products have been deployed by top tier components suppliers, drive manufacturers, and storage system OEMs worldwide. Based in Loomis, California, OakGate Technology was founded in 2008 by industry veterans from storage and server industries.

OakGate Media Contact

Vipul Mehta

VP, Marketing & Business Development

Vipul.mehta@oakgatetech.com

(949) 702-3124

June 12, 2017

OakGate Technology Debuts E-Series 12-Bay U.2 Enclosures with Multi-protocol Support and Built-in Power Cycling and Power Measurement Capabilities OakGate 12-Bay U.2 Enclosure

The 12-bay U.2 enclosure is based on the advanced technology previously incorporated into the OakGate M-Series 4-bay plug-in module, the industry’s first multi-protocol solution for test appliances

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Loomis, California, June 12, 2017 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced a versatile, high-density enclosure solution designed to work with the company’s test appliances. The E-Series 12-bay U.2 enclosure accommodates up to twelve SSDs using a U.2/SFF8639 connection and is offered in a variety of configurations that support popular protocols including NVMe, SAS and SATA.

“Last year, OakGate pioneered the industry’s most advanced, in-chassis SSD test solution with the introduction of the M-Series module,” stated Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO of OakGate Technology. “Our 12-bay U.2 enclosures will further extend those capabilities and allow our customers to scale the number of SSDs they can test with a single OakGate appliance. The enclosures are ideal for customers who require power and space efficient test solutions for high-density lab or manufacturing applications,” added Mr. Weisickle.

“Myce has been using OakGate test platforms to conduct product reviews. OakGate’s E-Series 12-bay U.2 enclosure fully leverages the underlying technology built into the M-Series modules, which we have successfully deployed in our testing,” said Jeremy Reynolds, Enterprise Storage Reviews Editor at Myce.com, the world’s largest online computer storage community. “We look forward to utilizing the advanced functionality and power management capabilities built into the 12-bay U.2 enclosures and are confident customers will benefit from the scalability offered by this product,” added Mr. Reynolds. See a related Myce product review at: http://www.myce.com/review/oakgate-expandable-desktop-storage-test-platform-review-demonstration-80983/

The E-Series 12-bay U.2 enclosures are offered in the following five configurations:

  • Single-port NVMe (OGT-EU12P-01)
  • Dual-port NVMe (OGT-EU12P-02)
  • Single/dual-port 12G SAS and single-port 6G SATA (OGT-EU12S-12)
  • Single-port NVMe, single/dual-port 12G SAS, and single-port 6G SATA (OGT-EU12M-01)
  • Dual-port NVMe, single/dual-port 12G SAS, and single-port 6G SATA (OGT-EU12M-02

Product brochure for 12-bay U.2 enclosures can be downloaded from OakGate’s website http://www.oakgatetech.com/. The 12-bay U.2 enclosures must be used with the more recent versions. of OakGate’s third generation Storage Validation Framework (SVF) software. Please contact the company for further details and for availability of specific configurations

About OakGate Technology

OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is a leading provider of test, validation, and benchmarking test platform to the storage industry. The privately held company is a recognized leader in test and validation tools for solid state storage. OakGate’s highly-capable and flexible platforms support all popular storage protocols and are based on advanced, proprietary software, and industry standard hardware. OakGate’s products have been deployed by top tier components suppliers, drive manufacturers, and storage system OEMs worldwide. Based in Loomis, California, OakGate Technology was founded in 2008 by industry veterans from storage and server industries.

About Myce

Founded in 1997, Myce.com is the world’s largest online computer storage community that enables professionals to connect, interact and share their knowledge of storage products. Myce.com conducts in-depth product reviews of storage products; including SSDs, that are highly respected in the industry. Myce.com website has over 3.5 million unique monthly visitors and over 450,000 members who are kept updated on the latest news, reviews, products and interesting discussions taking place in the storage industry .www.myce.com

OakGate Media Contact

Vipul Mehta

VP, Marketing & Business Development

Vipul.mehta@oakgatetech.com

(949) 702-3124

May 22, 2017

OakGate Technology’s NVMe Test Suite Now Supports Mandatory Tests in the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab’s NVMe Conformance Test Suite UNH-IOL logo

OakGate’s industry leading software and appliances provide an ideal platform for testing advanced NVMe functionality incorporated into UNH-IOL’s NVMe Test Program

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Loomis, California, May 22, 2017 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced that its NVMe test tool now supports mandatory tests in the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab’s (UNH-IOL) NVMe Integrators List Program. Based on OakGate’s highly regarded Storage Validation Framework (SVF) suite, these NVMe tests address advanced NVMe functionality including reservations and namespace management.

“OakGate took an early lead in providing test solutions for NVMe and has fast become the test platform of choice for major SSD suppliers. It has been our pleasure to work closely with UNH-IOL and contribute our test tools and expertise that will enhance this prestigious institution’s conformance test plan,” said Robert Otis, Director of Technical Sales at OakGate. “Having OakGate’s test tools supporting these tests in UNH-IOL’s Group 7 and Group 9 will reassure our customers that their OakGate test platform can be a valuable tool for testing NVMe conformance" added Mr. Otis.

"UNH-IOL is pleased to be working with OakGate Technology in developing advanced NVMe functionality", stated David Woolf, Senior Engineer for Datacenter Technologies, at UNH-IOL. "As more and more products support NVMe 1.2, it is important to have the partners that can provide tools to test advanced features built into UNH-IOL’s test program for conformance and interop testing" added Mr. Woolf.

Additional information on this topic is available at www.iol.unh.edu/nvme.

OakGate is participating in UNH-IOL’s NVMe seventh Plugfest being held from May 22, 2017 to May 25, 2017 in Durham, New Hampshire. New test requirements will be introduced at this Plugfest along with discussion of NVMe-MI and NVM-Fabrics tests. OakGate has been in the forefront of providing solutions for these advanced NVMe features. Please contact us for additional information.

About OakGate Technology

OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is a leading provider of test, validation, and benchmarking test platform to the storage industry. The privately held company is a recognized leader in test and validation tools for solid state storage. OakGate’s highly-capable and flexible platforms support all popular storage protocols and are based on advanced, proprietary software, and industry standard hardware. OakGate’s products have been deployed by top tier components suppliers, drive manufacturers, and storage system OEMs worldwide. Based in Loomis, California, OakGate Technology was founded in 2008 by industry veterans from storage and server industries.

About the UNH-IOL

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation and a 28,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. www.iol.unh.edu.

OakGate Media Contact

Vipul Mehta

VP, Marketing & Business Development

Vipul.mehta@oakgatetech.com

(949) 702-3124

May 8, 2017

OakGate Technology and Daichu Technologies Announce Joint Partnership to Develop the Industry’s Most Advanced SSD Testers Daichu Technologies Logo

EPIC Series testers from Daichu will be powered by OakGate’s SVF and Greenlight software suites to deliver cutting edge test infrastructure for next generation SSDs

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Loomis, California and Hanyu, Saitama prefecture, Japan; May 8, 2017 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in high-performance test solutions for flash storage and Daichu Technologies, the highly respected provider of production testers for storage; announced that the two companies are collaborating to deliver the industry’s most advanced and versatile testers for SSDs and flash storage.

“Over the years, OakGate has provided test solutions that are based on our long experience in understanding the unique requirements of customers during various phases of SSD development,” stated Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO of OakGate Technology. “The EPIC series of testers incorporate OakGate’s knowledge of industry best practices and Daichu’s proven manufacturing test expertise. We are confident EPIC testers will serve the needs of a broad range of customers with advanced, best in class features,” added Mr. Weisickle.

The EPIC Series of testers will be showcased at the 20th Embedded Systems Expo (ESEC) being held at Tokyo Big Sight venue from May 10 through May 12. OakGate and Daichu will be displaying each company’s industry leading SSD test solutions at the West Hall, booth West 3-64. Debuting at the ESEC will be Daichu’s unique EPIC-10C1 turnkey SSD tester running OakGate’s highly acclaimed Storage Validation Framework (SVF) and Greenlight Manufacturing test software suites. Designed for SSDs supporting NVMe protocol, this 10-slot system features a temperature range of ambient to 85 degrees Celsius in a very compact footprint. EPIC series all testers support OakGate’s software suites. There are models which can control temperature ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius and can accommodate from 60 to 300 drives

“We are delighted to offer the EPIC series of SSD testers in partnership with OakGate. Daichu has a long history of providing highly reliable storage testers to some of the world’s most renowned storage suppliers. By adding advanced OakGate software to the EPIC family, we are significantly enhancing capabilities of Daichu testers for the next generation of SSDs and flash storage,” said Yoshihiro Sasaki, President and CEO of Daichu Technologies Co., Ltd. “With support for all popular storage protocols and temperature ranges that are unmatched in the industry, the EPIC Series of testers will appeal to the most discerning customers worldwide,” added Mr. Sasaki.

Several models of the EPIC Series testers are available for shipment. EPIC Series testers can accommodate up to 100 SSDs supporting NVMe protocol. EPIC testers for SAS/SATA with more test capacity are also planned. Also in development are Models that can support 60 and 300 SSDs. EPIC testers for SAS/SATA with similar test capacity and capabilities are also planned. Please contact Daichu or OakGate for further information.

About OakGate Technology

OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is a leading provider of test, validation, and benchmarking test platform to the storage industry. The privately held company is a recognized leader in test and validation tools for solid state storage. OakGate’s highly-capable and flexible platforms support all popular storage protocols and are based on advanced, proprietary software, and industry standard hardware. OakGate’s products have been deployed by top tier components suppliers, drive manufacturers, and storage system OEMs worldwide. Based in Loomis, California, OakGate Technology was founded in 2008 by industry veterans from storage and server industries.

OakGate Media Contact

Vipul Mehta

VP, Marketing & Business Development

Vipul.mehta@oakgatetech.com

(949) 702-3124

About Daichu Technologies

Daichu Technologies Co., Ltd. (http://www.daichutec.co.jp) is a highly reputed, diversified provider of storage manufacturing testers, electromechanical products, multimedia products and engineering manufacturing services. The company has been a supplier of manufacturing testers for world’s leading suppliers of hard disk drives and flash storage. The Established in 1980, Daichu is headquartered in Hanyu, Saitama prefecture, Japan and has offices in Yokohama and Hong Kong.

Daichu Technologies Media Contact

Yoshitsugu Hongo

Executive Officer Sales Dept.

sales@daichutec.co.jp

+81 (48) 565-2822

2015-2016 Press Releases

August 6, 2016

OakGate Technology Announces 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 full-functionality testing within OakGate test appliances for up to four 2.5 inch NVMe, SAS and SATA SSDs

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Loomis, California, August 6, 2016 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced the industry’s first multi-protocol modules for use with popular OakGate test appliances. Designed to plug into OakGate’s expandable desktop or 3U rack-mount appliances, the M-Series (MU401/MU402) modules can accommodate up to four 2.5 inch NVMe, SAS or SATA solid state drives using a U.2 (SFF- 8639) connector. Customer shipments of the M-Series modules have already begun.

“OakGate has become the test platform of choice for development environments at most major SSD, storage system and flash controller suppliers. The M-Series modules represent the latest in a series of innovations we have brought to the OakGate test platform over the years,” stated Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO of OakGate Technology. “In addition to providing a compact test vehicle that can exercise full functionality of our legendary Storage Validation Framework (SVF) software suite, the M-Series modules incorporate power cycling and power measurement capabilities for all popular protocols, including NVMe,” added Mr. Weisickle.

OakGate’s M-Series modules have already been deployed by some of the industry’s largest suppliers of SSD and flash storage products worldwide. The MU401 is designed for single-port SSDs, whereas the MU402 supports dual-port drives. These modules fit within the dual-optical drive cavity on the expandable desktop and 3U rack-mount appliances. The M-series modules have built-in hardware that enable the user to toggle and measure power on each individual drive through the SVF graphical user interface (GUI). The M-Series module communicates with the appliance through the OakGate’s PCIe Switch card that plugs into one of the PCIe slots on the motherboard.

“For the past several years, Myce has standardized on OakGate test platform for product reviews. We have been very impressed with the advanced functionality, flexibility and capabilities built into OakGate’s SVF software suite and appliances,” said Jeremy Reynolds, Enterprise Storage Reviews Editor at Myce.com, the world’s largest online computer storage community that enables professionals to connect, interact and share their knowledge of storage products. “We have already deployed OakGate’s new M-Series modules and are very excited about conducting our popular SSD product reviews within a single OakGate appliance and add power testing capabilities as well” added Mr. Reynolds.

OakGate will be demonstrating M-Series modules at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA from August 9 through 11. The demonstration will take place at OakGate’s booth #815. Please contact OakGate for further information, pricing, and availability of the M-Series modules.

August 6, 2016

OakGate Technology Provides Advanced NVMe Test Technology to University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) as a Contributing Member

OakGate test appliances lay the groundwork for expanding UNH-IOL’s NVMe Test Program

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Loomis, California, August 6, 2016 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced that it is now a contributing member in the NVMe consortium at The University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL). In that capacity, OakGate has already provided test tools for advanced NVMe functionality such as Reservations and Namespace Management that are targeted for use in future NVMe Plugfest testing specifications.

“OakGate Technology has been providing cutting edge test solutions for NVMe flash storage and has delivered test tools with the industry’s most advanced NVMe 1.2 features. We are pleased that some of the key NVMe capabilities that our customers are building into their products using OakGate test appliances will be available through the IOL’s NVMe Interoperability test infrastructure,” said Robert Otis, Director of Technical Sales at OakGate. “The UNH-IOL is a recognized leader in conformance and interop testing for NVMe hosts and devices. Now our customers can use OakGate test solutions to ensure that their products are ready to meet the requirements of future NVMe Plugfest Testing specifications" added Mr. Otis.

"We are pleased to welcome OakGate Technology as a contributor to the UNH-IOL", stated David Woolf, Senior Engineer for Datacenter Technologies, at UNH-IOL. "It's been a privilege to work with the NVMe organization in building a test program for conformance and interop testing. Having contributions from OakGate will enable us to expand the test capability even further" added Mr. Woolf.

OakGate will be participating in the 2016 Flash Memory Summit being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA from August 9 through 11. Please visit OakGate’s booth #815 for further information.

August 10, 2015

OakGate Technology Announces Universal Manufacturing Framework

Designed expressly for manufacturing test environments, the Universal Manufacturing Framework (UMF) Application Software provides advanced, easy to use engine for Solid State Disks and flash storage

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Loomis, Calif., August 10, 2015 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high performance storage test solutions for flash storage announced the industry’s most innovative application software framework for manufacturing test environments. Designed as a companion application for OakGate’s renowned Storage Validation Framework (SVF) software suite, the Universal Manufacturing Framework is highly intuitive and provides extensive capabilities that complement production test platforms for SSDs and flash storage.

“OakGate has been a well-recognized provider of test tools for development environments to major storage component, drive and system suppliers. With Universal Manufacturing Test Framework, we are extending the capabilities of our test solutions to low and high volume production as well” stated Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO, OakGate Technology. “Designed expressly with flash storage in mind, the UMF application provides user friendly GUI and individual DUT control that is ideal for operators and test engineers alike” added Mr. Weisickle.

OakGate’s UMF application engine was developed in close cooperation with one of the world’s largest supplier of enterprise class flash storage devices. This resulted in incorporation of several key features that provide advanced functionality as well as flexibility. For example, a test written for one protocol is completely portable to another protocol or platform. This allows users to leverage the investment in test scripts and automation. While the user interface is simple and intuitive, the underlying data gathering and analysis capability is extensive.

OakGate provides a comprehensive Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows customers to write their own automated test scripts for UMF. Since the hardware layer is abstracted, the SDK is very portable. The UMF software engine provides a thread for each individual DUT, giving users a high level of granularity without exposing underlying complexities. Customers also have the flexibility to select their preferred production test platform since the UMF application that is agnostic to the underlying hardware.

Universal Manufacturing Framework has already been deployed at multiple manufacturing sites of major OEM customers worldwide. OakGate will be demonstrating UMF at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. The demonstration will run on hardware platform from Tanisys Technology at OakGate’s booth # 801. Please contact OakGate for further details.

2013-2014 Press Releases

September 10, 2014

OakGate Technology Appoints Clive Surfleet to its Board of Directors

Seasoned Technology Executive with Extensive Industry Experience Further Strengthens the Board of Privately Held OakGate

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Loomis, Calif., September 10, 2014 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in test, validation and benchmarking platforms for storage products announced that Clive Surfleet, a well-respected technology industry executive, has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Surfleet becomes the fifth member of privately held OakGate Technology’s Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Clive Surfleet to OakGate’s Board. His extensive experience in Networking, Storage and Server industries with market leaders such as IBM and Hewlett Packard will be invaluable as we drive the next phase of growth at OakGate,” said Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO, OakGate Technology. “I am confident that OakGate will benefit immensely with Clive’s broad expertise and sharp business acumen,” added Mr. Weisickle.

Mr. Surfleet has spent over forty years in the computer industry in a variety of senior executive roles in Research & Development, Marketing & Sales, Operations, Strategic Planning and Finance. In these roles, he has built businesses to over $1B in revenue, managed P&Ls and managed worldwide organizations.

“I am delighted to be part of this highly talented organization,” stated Mr. Surfleet. “Over the past several years, OakGate has established itself as a leader in key, fast growing segments of the storage test market. The company has achieved this while driving significant revenue growth and profitability. I look forward to working with OakGate’s Board to devise and implement strategies for continued growth and success,” added Mr. Surfleet.

June 30, 2014

OakGate Technology Appoints Timothy Leyden to its Board of Directors

Western Digital Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer Brings Extensive Industry Experience to the Board of Privately Held OakGate

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Loomis, Calif., June 30, 2014 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in test, validation and benchmarking platforms for storage products announced that Timothy M. Leyden, Chief Financial Officer of Western Digital Corporation, has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Leyden becomes the fourth member of privately held OakGate Technology’s Board of Directors.

“We are very pleased to add a seasoned executive of Tim’s caliber OakGate’s Board. As a veteran of the storage industry and a key executive of the world’s largest disk drive manufacturer, Tim brings a wealth of experience to our fast growing company,” said Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO, OakGate Technology. “Over the past two decades, Tim has led multiple aspects of Western Digital’s business including finance and operations. I look forward to working with Tim and our Board to drive strong growth initiatives for OakGate,” added Mr. Weisickle.

“OakGate has built a strong, profitable business and an impressive set of customers without raising external capital. The company has established a clear leadership position in the fast growing flash storage market with comprehensive test solutions and built a solid reputation for customer support,” said Mr. Leyden. “I am excited to join OakGate’s Board and look forward to contributing its future success,” added Mr. Leyden.

March 15, 2013

OakGate Technology and Myce Announce Joint Partnership to Test and Review Solid State Storage Technology Solutions

OakGate’s Industry Leading Test, Validation & Benchmarking Systems Will Be Used By Myce to Conduct Reviews

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Loomis, California and Groningen, Holland., March 15, 2013 — OakGate Technology, the industry leader in test, validation and benchmarking platforms and Myce, the world’s largest computer storage community that enables professionals to connect, interact and share their knowledge of storage products, announced a joint program to implement a world-class test bench for Enterprise level Solid State Storage Technology (SSST) solutions. Myce will conduct reviews of Enterprise SSST products based exclusively on tests performed on OakGate’s proven platforms.

“We are pleased to assist Myce in their endeavor to provide the storage industry with an independent and accurate review of enterprise solid state storage technology solutions” said Bob Weisickle, CEO and founder of OakGate Technology. “For over five years, our products have been utilized by enterprise SSD suppliers, storage system OEMs, flash controller vendors and large end users during various stages of development and qualification cycles. We have earned a solid reputation for our high performance, flexible traffic generation capabilities and our ability to control IO workloads. These capabilities are built into all our platforms and support popular storage protocols, including SAS, PCIe, SATA and Fibre Channel” added Mr. Weisickle.

“Enterprise SSST testing demands a completely different approach to that adopted for consumer SSDs, OakGate’s state of the art test systems will enable Myce to provide the most authoritative, consistent, repeatable and reliable Enterprise grade reviews to be found on the net” said Jeremy Reynolds, Head of Enterprise Testing at Myce. “Use of OakGate’s test systems will enable us to add significant value in serving the storage industry” added Mr. Reynolds.

About Myce

Myce is the world’s largest computer storage community that offers latest news, reviews, products and interesting discussions to visitors, volunteers, enthusiasts, and professionals. Myce has over 3.5 million unique monthly visitors and over half a million members who connect, interact, share knowledge, and discuss their passion for digital storage products.

Myce is supported by its team of highly motivated news writers, reviewers, and experts that regularly advise in their forums and strive to provide the ultimate online digital storage resource.

August 23, 2013

OakGate Technology to Demonstrate Gen3 PCIe Test, Validation and Benchmarking Platform at 2013 Flash Memory Summit

Incorporates support for emerging PCIe based interfaces for Solid State Disks including NVMe and AHCI

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Santa Clara, Calif., August 23, 2013 — OakGate Technology, the leader in test, validation and benchmarking platforms for storage, will demonstrate the industry’s first comprehensive test platform for PCIe solid state storage at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit. OakGate’s PCIe platform supports all emerging interfaces designed to access solid state storage over PCIe, including NVM Express (NVMe) and Advance Host Controller Interface (AHCI).

“The industry is rapidly adopting PCIe based solid state storage,” said Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO, OakGate Technology. “There are multiple interface options emerging in the market for enterprise and client applications. Some, like NVMe, are architected from the ground up to capitalize on the performance potential of Non-Volatile Memory. The most widely used interface for client storage, SATA, is also getting a new life with PCIe connectivity through AHCI and SATA Express. Tied to these new opportunities are new challenges in terms of product development and testing” added Weisickle. “OakGate technology is proud to offer PCIe solutions that provide a comprehensive platform for extensive robustness testing, protocol conformance and performance benchmarking.”

OakGate has been shipping PCIe platforms with NVMe and AHCI support to customers worldwide since the beginning of this year. The company is also providing beta version of its SCSI Express or SCSI Over PCIe (SOP) to selected customers. Visitors to Booth 708 at Flash Memory Summit will see demonstration of other OakGate Technology’s industry leading 12G SAS test platforms. The company will also unveil its “Integrated” test platforms targeted at lab environments. These modular, easy to access platforms combine the capabilities of existing OakGate systems with power control and measurement technology along with smart enclosures that allow scaling of drives in multiples of twenty four. All OakGate PCIe platforms have built in Gen 3 PCIe slots and a broad range of capabilities including deep protocol inspection & analysis, high performance traffic generation, full performance characterization, complex error injection, advanced test automation and power cycling. OakGate’s open API allows easy integration into the customer’s existing test infrastructure. Please contact the company for pricing and availability information.

2011-2012 Press Releases

August 17, 2012

OakGate Technology to Demonstrate Industry’s Most Versatile Test, Validation & Benchmarking Platforms at Flash Memory Summit

Products Establish the Company’s Leadership in PCIe, SAS, SATA & FC Test, Validation & Benchmarking

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Santa Clara, Calif., August 17, 2012 — OakGate Technology, the leader in test, validation and benchmarking platforms for storage products, will demonstrate the industry’s most versatile and powerful platforms at the 2012 Flash Memory Summit. Three different demonstration set-ups will feature OakGate’s systems along with products from the industry’s leading storage suppliers.

The demonstration will include OakGate’s popular SAS/SATA system connected to multiple SSDs and running performance benchmarks. Another demonstration will feature OakGate’s new Gen 3 PCIe platform exercising multiple PCIe flash cards from leading suppliers. A third demonstration will show multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) running on an OakGate platform.

“We are already known and respected for our high performance, flexible traffic generation capabilities and our ability to control IO workloads,” said Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO, OakGate Technology. “We have now added PCIe support to our platforms, enabling our customers to test and validate products addressing the emerging PCIe flash cards and SSDs. We have already shipped PCIe products to major customers, some with the beta version of our NVMe driver. By demonstrating these capabilities at the Flash Memory Summit, OakGate is establishing a clear industry leadership,” added Weisickle.

All OakGate platforms support a broad range of capabilities including deep protocol inspection & analysis, high performance traffic generation, full performance characterization, complex error injection, advanced test automation and power cycling. OakGate’s open API allows easy integration into the customer’s existing test infrastructure. OakGate supports all popular IO interfaces including PCIe, SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel and are available in Desktop and Rack-mount configuration. Please contact the company for pricing and availability information.

OakGate Technology will demonstrate its products in Booth #801 at the 2012 Flash memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA.

October 10, 2011

OakGate Technology Enhances SSD Test and Validation Platforms with New IO Throttling Feature

IO Throttling Enables Users to Measure Realistic Performance with the Creation of Application Specific Workloads and IO Rates

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Loomis, Calif., Oct. 10, 2011 — OakGate Technology, the leader in test and validation platforms for storage and servers, announced the addition of IO Throttling capabilities to its test and validation platforms. Available immediately on all OakGate products, this feature provides the ability to measure performance that users are likely to experience in real environments.

“IO Throttling was developed based on a strong demand from many of our key customers. With more and more suppliers entering the SSD market, it has become important for users to determine the true performance of these drives under specific applications and workloads,” said Bob Weisickle, founder and CEO, OakGate Technology. “Our team took on the challenge and delivered this powerful feature in record time, further enhancing capabilities of our industry-leading test and validation platforms.”

With the IO Throttling capability, users can create application specific workloads by capping the IO at user defined values. Latency is then measured for a given IO Rate value or set of values. For every specified workload IO, the system generates statistics and histograms, and also creates performance graphs for IO Rate versus Latency and IO Rate versus Queue Depth. In addition, threshold can be set for maximum latency, and specific IO can be captured and analyzed.

“Storage system designers count on SSDs to provide fast, consistent response times under demanding, time critical workloads. Traditional HDD benchmarking tools are designed to measure IOPS under a full queue IO workload model. OakGate Technology's IO Throttling is the leading benchmarking tool designed to measure latency using an IO workload model of real storage applications,” said Marc Acosta, storage technologist in the office of the CTO, STEC, Inc. “Using the IO Throttling feature, designers can determine how SSDs can be used to reduce latency as well as improve performance in their storage applications. As a leading global provider of a comprehensive line of enterprise SSDs, we are currently using OakGate's IO Throttling capability to demonstrate how our SSDs provide fast response times over a wide range of storage workloads.”