August 2, 2019
OakGate Technology, the world-leader for validation and analytic solutions for solid state storage, is launching WorkloadIntelligence, a portfolio of
advanced workload software solutions targeted at hyperscale data centers and flash storage suppliers.
Today, data centers do not have an effective way to monitor, capture, analyze, and replay realworld workloads. Additionally, SSD suppliers do not have the capability to replay production
workloads, and therefore find it problematic to resolve customer issues or deliver functionality
and performance for data center environments. WorkloadIntelligenceTM software solutions enable
data centers and their SSD suppliers to overcome these challenges by providing them with a
scalable, high-performance platform for storage workload performance analysis and replay.
Understanding the nature of data center production workloads is crucial to designing and improving SSDs. Performance modeling, workload analysis, and capacity planning can be
handled much more accurately for changing I/O data streams when real-world workloads are
applied. Accordingly, a clear understanding of real-world workloads is far more important than using synthetic workloads.
Data center CIOs and IT teams can use WorkloadIntelligence to capture and monitor production workloads and analyze the interaction between various applications and storage
devices. This analysis provides a crucial tool set for the IT teams to adjust their data center applications to improve efficiency and deliver optimum performance.
Consequently, a shared value proposition is emerging between SSD suppliers and their data center customers. Sharing of production workloads by data center customers with their SSD
suppliers can help suppliers improve SSD performance and functionality. In turn, suppliers
would replay and analyze the customer’s real-world workloads to help them identify and resolve
pre-production issues. The result is that data center customers would get SSDs that have been
tested and validated with production workloads before deploying them in their enterprise environment.
“OakGate Technology has a deep understanding of the critical role and value that storage
delivers across the value chain,” said Bob Weisickle, Strategy and Technology Officer and Cofounder.
“With WorkloadIntelligence, we’re able to help our customers make highly accurate
and analytics-driven decisions about their workload performance. As a result, our customers are
able to fully understand workload performance requirements and optimize their storage investments while assuring the performance of business-critical applications and data.”
WorkloadIntelligence Analytics and Replay allows users to:
OakGate Technology is showcasing WorkloadIntelligence in booth #807/809 at the 2019 Flash Memory Summit, located in the Santa Clara Convention Center, August 6–8, 2019.
OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is the #1 validation and analytics solution for solid state storage. The privately held company is the 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.
Director of Marketing
OakGate Technology, the world-leader in storage validation and analytic solutions, will demonstrate industry leading products and technologies at the Flash Memory
Summit in Santa Clara, CA from August 6-8, 2019. You are invited to visit our booth #807/809 and
explore our products, discuss your needs, and chat about our industry.
This past year was yet another record year for OakGate! Thank you for making us the #1 validation platform for solid state storage! Based on our experience serving a diverse set of customers, our deep
understanding of their requirements, and our knowledge of industry best practices, OakGate continues to provide innovative storage solutions. We are also leading the transition to PCIe Gen4 solutions, as
demonstrated by our latest products in our booth.
Many of our customers are now ramping up volumes and are looking for a seamless solution for quality, reliability and production testing. The Epic family of testers, from OakGate and our partner Daichu,
offers a perfect solution. The Epic testers incorporate temperature-controlled chambers and run OakGate’s SVF Pro software suite.
Here is the most exciting news – we will be showcasing WorkloadIntelligence™, an advanced software solution for data center workload analysis and replay. Get ready to learn more about this breakthrough
technology that will change how data center infrastructure and storage devices are optimized.
Lastly, check out two intriguing presentations, delivered by Bob Weisickle, OakGate’s Co-Founder/Strategy & Technology Officer:
In summary, whether you are an SSD supplier, a hyperscale data center, a storage system provider or a controller chip vendor this is what you will see from Oakgate at FMS:
Thanks again for your support over the past year.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Flash Memory Summit, August 6–8, at the Santa Clara Convention Center Booth #807/809!
VP, Marketing & Business Development
May 15, 2019
The world leader for SSD Test and Validation Platforms grows its E-Series portfolio of enclosures for testing emerging Enterprise and Data Center SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) 1U Long and Short NVMe SSDs
OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced the launch of its E-Series 12-Bay EDSFF Enclosures for the emerging EDSFF form factor designed explicitly to deliver high performance and storage density required by enterprise data center customers.
OakGate has been shipping its E-Series U.2 enclosures for the U.2/SFF-8639 form factor SSDs, supporting all popular protocols (such as NVMe, SAS, and SATA), for over a year. With the addition of the 12-Bay EDSFF Enclosures, enterprise data center customers will now have scalability, manageability, and serviceability made possible by an efficient design packaged in an integrated enclosure. Available in 1U long and short form factors, these enclosures provide high-capacity solutions per drive, per server, and per rack, unmatched by any other solution in the industry.
“OakGate has pioneered the industry’s most advanced SSD test solutions over the past decade and our 12-Bay EDSFF Enclosures continue this trend,” stated Bob Weisickle, Founder, Strategy & Technology Officer for OakGate Technology. “We worked closely with our key customers to develop a space and power-efficient solution for the emerging EDSFF form factor so that our data center customers can scale the number of devices in high-density environments,” added Mr. Weisickle.
When connected to an OakGate test appliance (such as the expandable desktop appliance or 3U rackmount appliance), the 12-bay EDSFF Enclosure tests up to twelve EDSFF 1U single-port or dual-port NVMe SSDs. This 3U rackmountable, PCIe EDSFF enclosure is available in four types:
For EDSFF 1U Long NVMe SSDs:
For EDSFF 1U Short NVMe SSDs
The EDSFF 1U Long enclosures conform to SFF-TA-1007 - Specification for Enterprise and Datacenter 1U Long SSD Form Factor (E1.L Rev1.1). The EDSFF 1U Short enclosures conform to SFF-TA-1006 - Specification for Enterprise and Datacenter 1U Short SSD Form Factor (E1.S Rev1.1). OakGate intends to support future revisions of the specifications including the recently ratified E1.S Rev 1.2.
All four enclosure types are fully supported by OakGate’s fourth generation Storage Validation Framework (SVF Pro) software suite. Using the SVF Pro’s Enduro controller, the user can exercise full capabilities of the SVF Pro software suite on each SSD individually and also perform power cycling and power measurement tests. The front panel of the enclosure provides access to the device slots, as well as the slot's activity and power LEDs.
The 12-Bay EDSFF Enclosures are available now. Please contact OakGate technology for price and delivery information.
OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is the #1 test solution for solid state storage. The privately held company is the 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.
April 2, 2019
The world leader for SSD test and validation platforms delivers a patent-pending memory fencing technology to detect errors that occur when an SSD accesses memory locations outside the area specified by the device driver
OakGate Technology, the industry leader for advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announces the release of its patent-pending memory fencing technology.
By incorporating memory fencing technology to its already feature-rich storage test platform, OakGate is once again pushing the boundaries to provide a critical error detection tool for its customers. Prior to this breakthrough, users could not set memory address ranges (memory fences or barriers) for the purpose of error detection or security in either test or production environments.
“The OakGate team has a rich heritage of pioneering key storage I/O technologies that later became the de-facto industry standards. We are continuing this tradition with our innovative memory fencing technology,” stated Bob Weisickle, co-founder and CTO of OakGate Technology. “With this patent-pending technology, we are now able to offer customers a valuable tool to detect errors caused by illegal memory access,” added Mr. Weisickle.
The memory fencing capability is enabled by our patent-pending method of mapping physical memory locations through the I/O memory management unit (IOMMU) to a set of virtual addresses for specific devices on the PCIe backplane. Currently in a test system used to test direct memory access (DMA) devices, the available address range is limited to a numerical range associated with the size of the physical memory. This limitation does not allow the test system to validate memory access beyond that limited range. OakGate’s DMA mapping technology enables the test system to fence, detect, and authenticate memory access throughout the full DMA address range.
OakGate’s memory fencing technology has been incorporated in the company’s fourth generation SVF software suite, Enduro/SVF Pro v4.2. By selecting this option within Enduro (the user interface), the user can check all memory accessed by the device under test (DUT) to the range which has been specified for that device. If the DUT attempts a memory access outside the specified range, the OakGate software flags the operation as an error. The OakGate software detects and categorizes these errors, and provides the address and operations of the DUT that is violating the memory access.
Key benefits of the memory fencing technology are two-fold:
The memory fencing technology is currently available with Enduro/SVF Pro v4.2 and later. Please contact OakGate Technology for any additional information.
OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) is the #1 test solution for solid state storage and the recognized leader for test and validation tools worldwide. 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, storage system OEMs and data centers worldwide. A privately-held company, OakGate Technology was founded in 2008 by industry veterans from the storage and server industries. The company is headquartered in Loomis, California.
January 15, 2019
The world leader for SSD test and validation platforms launches DE200, a completely redesigned expandable desktop appliance powered by OakGate’s advanced fourth generation storage test software
OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced the release of its DE200 Expandable Desktop Appliance. Designed from the ground up, the DE200 expandable desktop appliance provides significant airflow improvements and mechanical and thermal design enhancements. It also features an adjustable fan speed knob for quieter operation.
The PCIe Gen3 slots are conveniently accessed through a separate top door so that the PCIe add-in cards (AICs) can be swapped easily and quickly. The fan speed knob and indicator on the front panel empowers the user to optimize the fan speed (and noise) based on the number of AICs and their usage. Additionally, the rugged, reinforced design of this 4U appliance provides a solid and secure test foundation that can be utilized on a desktop or installed in a standard data center rack.
The DE200 provides maximum expansion possibilities in a desktop form factor. It includes four backplane PCIe Gen3 slots for testing AICs or connecting to a variety of external enclosures. With OakGate’s optional M-Series 4-Bay U.2 Plug-In Module, the DE200 can test up to four U.2 multi-protocol SSDs with integrated power management. OakGate plans to provide solutions supporting power margining capabilities for the DE200 in the near future.
“The flash storage industry is extremely dynamic and is advancing at a rapid pace. As an industry leader, OakGate strives to provide products that meet the evolving needs of our customers,” stated Bob Weisickle, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of OakGate Technology. “With the launch of the DE200, we have raised the bar in terms of functionality and reliability. Engineered with customer-driven new features, we fully expect rapid adoption of the DE200 by our customers worldwide,” added Mr. Weisickle.
The DE200 also incorporates Storage Validation Framework (SVF) Pro, OakGate’s fourth generation test suite featuring Enduro, the industry’s most advanced controller application with a powerful drag and drop windowing system and a multitasking environment that allows users to simultaneously open multiple instances of each tool. SVF Pro offers a comprehensive set of features and capabilities that are based on OakGate’s unique experience in working closely with a broad range of customers and understanding their requirements.
The DE200 is available now. Please contact OakGate technology for price and delivery information.
August 6, 2018
Designed to work with OakGate’s fourth generation software suite, the Deep Analyzer enables customers to record substantially more data than currently available solutions
OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced the release of the Deep Analyzer for SVF Pro, an innovative new product that dramatically increases the amount of data captured for workload analysis and error investigation. The Deep Analyzer is configured as an Add-in Card (AIC) that plugs into an existing PCIe slot of an OakGate’s 3U Rackmount (OGT-R300) or Expandable Desktop (OGT-DE100) appliance. It works seamlessly with SVF Pro, OakGate’s fourth generation software suite and is fully supported by Enduro, OakGate’s recently launched controller application. The Deep Analyzer’s large capacity of solid state memory allows customers to store several hours or days of data, depending on the test configuration. This is significantly orders of magnitude higher than existing analyzers that rely on system memory and can only capture a few seconds of data.
“Our customers, especially those running long automation tests, have requested this capability in order to help identify faults or trends that can be acted upon proactively,” said Bob Weisickle, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at OakGate Technology. “Given system constraints, only limited memory can be allocated to the analyzer capture buffer. With our breakthrough innovation, the OakGate team delivered a product that allows the capture of several terabytes of data using a patent-pending architecture,” added Mr. Weisickle.
We are now offering a full line of testers for reliability and manufacturing applications in partnership with 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. At FMS, we are showing a demo of the state-of-the-art Epic 10C0, a 10-slot chamber that can modulate temperatures from -5 to 90 °C. The Epic family exclusively uses OakGate’s SVF and Greenlight (Manufacturing Test Application) software.
“With the Deep Analyzer for SVF Pro, we have raised the bar for analytics,” commented Anil Gupta, President and CEO. “The Deep Analyzer benefits customers with an existing installed base of OakGate appliances, as well as new customers. We are extremely excited to provide this added value to our customers,” added Mr. Gupta.
The Deep Analyzer enables customers to easily review and analyze I/O traffic, frame and command statistics, and error conditions. Its traces can easily be saved and loaded for an on-demand analysis.
Come see a demo of the Deep Analyzer at the 2018 Flash Memory Summit, August 7–9, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Booth #807!
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.
July 31, 2018
OakGate Technology is proud to be 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 deliver the industry’s most advanced test solutions to help our customers offer cutting-edge products. We want to thank all of you for making OakGate the #1 test solution for Solid State Storage!
We look forward to another year of mutual growth and success.
For the 2018 Flash Memory Summit (FMS), OakGate is showcasing products and technologies that are helping customers solve the most daunting problems during product development, validation, and manufacturing. We are delighted to tell you how we have grown our test platform solutions and to discuss how we can help you.
If you are curious about emerging technologies that will shape tomorrow’s flash storage, here are some cool SSD test platform highlights that we are sharing at FMS:
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OakGate Technology Inc. (www.oakgatetech.com) and learn all the latest and greatest about OakGate Technology. 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 the 2018 Flash Memory Summit, August 7–9, at the Santa Clara Convention Center Booth #807!
June 29, 2018
The storage industry’s most widely used test software further cements OakGate Technology’s
undisputed leadership in the rapidly growing SSD and flash storage test market
Loomis, California, June 29, 2018
— OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announces the release of its fourth generation Storage Validation Framework (SVF) software suite, SVF Pro with Enduro. Along with Enduro, the industry’s most advanced and intuitive controller application, SVF Pro provides an unprecedented level of functionality, performance, and ease of use for testing storage devices. SVF Pro and Enduro significantly enhance the modularity, scalability and reliability of the industry’s most widely used and hardened test platform.
Enduro is a controller application that runs in conjunction with SVF Pro and incorporates a powerful windowing system with a drag and drop and multitasking environment. Users are able to simultaneously open multiple instances of each application tool, such as the exerciser, analyzer, and event log. It also features a new integrated help system with complete, onscreen documentation and embedded help links. Enduro is backward compatible with existing SVF file formats and APIs, thus preserving the customer’s investment in existing test scripts and automation.
With significant architectural advancements over its predecessor, SVF Pro with Enduro offers a comprehensive set of features and capabilities that are based on OakGate’s unique experience in working closely with a broad range of customers, enabling a deep understanding of their requirements. In addition, the core SVF engine has been hardened over eight years in intense test environments at major SSD and flash storage customer sites worldwide.
“OakGate is proud to offer this next generation in storage test architecture to our customers,” stated Bob Weisickle, founder and Chief Strategy Officer of OakGate Technology. “Over the years, OakGate has been recognized as the ‘gold standard’ for SSD and flash storage testing. With SVF Pro and Enduro, we are taking the performance, functionality, and user experience to the next level. The powerful set of new features we have incorporated are a direct result of the close partnerships we have formed with our fast-growing customer base.”
“I would like to congratulate our engineering team for achieving this key milestone. With SVF Pro and Enduro, we have raised the bar and set new standards for performance and functionality,” commented Anil Gupta, President and CEO. “Our valued customers include SSD Press Release suppliers, flash controller chip vendors, storage system providers and hyperscale data center operators. We have been fortunate to observe and adopt the knowledge and best practices from a diverse set of customers. We look forward to providing best-in-class test tools and enhanced user experience to our customers,” added Mr. Gupta.
SVF Pro with Enduro is available to customers immediately. OakGate is working with individual customers to determine the logistics of rolling out this new, fourth generation test software suite.
April 2, 2018
The company has established itself as a clear market leader by delivering key innovations for SSD and flash storage testing
Loomis, California, April 2, 2018
— OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, has achieved a major milestone by completing ten years in business. The initial product idea that eventually culminated in the company’s renowned Storage Validation Framework (SVF), was conceived by company founders Bob Weisickle and Tom Nalepa in 2008. Today, the company is recognized worldwide as the “gold standard” for SSD and flash storage testing.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments over the past decade,” stated Bob Weisickle. “What we have achieved in terms of product innovation, customer relationships and revenue growth is phenomenal. We couldn’t have done this without the support of our customers and the dedication of our world class engineering and management teams. I have enjoyed every moment over the past ten years and look forward to many more years of solid growth,” added Mr. Weisickle.
“In an industry that requires suppliers to constantly stay ahead of the curve and deliver cutting-edge solutions, OakGate certainly stands out,” commented Anil Gupta, President and CEO. “Our marquee customers are a testimony to the industry’s most advanced and hardened storage test platform we have built. With the investments we are making in new and exciting technologies, we hope to further expand the breadth of our solutions. I congratulate the entire OakGate team on attaining this proud milestone,” added Mr. Gupta.
Over the past few years, OakGate has significantly expanded its engineering, QA, sales, support, and operations teams. The company has personnel in multiple US locations, India, and Taiwan. OakGate also has an extensive distribution network throughout Asia.
OakGate’s customer list is one of the most diverse in the industry. Customers that use the OakGate test platform today include flash controller silicon providers; all major suppliers of solid-state drives and flash cards; top storage system OEMs who buy solid-state drives; and hyperscale data centers that use solid-state drives throughout their system infrastructure. OakGate also has several partnerships in place for reliability and manufacturing test solutions. These partnerships enable the company to provide a unified solution - from early development all the way through production. OakGate Technology is the only company in the industry that provides such end-to-end test solutions.
“CNEX congratulates OakGate Technology on its 10-year anniversary. We count OakGate Technology as a valued technology partner, and wish them continued success in the future.”
- Ross Stenfort, Storage Solution Architect
January 2, 2018
The newly appointed executive will strengthen the management team and help drive the company’s next phase of growth
Loomis, California, January 2, 2018
— OakGate Technology, the industry leader in advanced, high-performance test solutions for flash storage, announced today that the company has appointed Anil Gupta as its President and CEO, effective January 1, 2018. OakGate founding CEO, Bob Weisickle, will remain actively engaged with the company and work closely with Mr. Gupta to accelerate the company’s already impressive growth. Mr. Weisickle will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors at OakGate and assume the position of Chief Technology and Strategy Officer.
“OakGate is fortunate to have an executive of Anil’s caliber at the helm of our company,” declared OakGate founder Bob Weisickle. “Over the years, I have seen Anil work tirelessly to build start-up businesses, as well as provide leadership to large technology organizations worldwide. He has extensive experience in the storage industry and a solid track record of building teams that have consistently delivered. I look forward to working closely with Anil to further expand our market leadership and build upon our impressive portfolio of customers worldwide,” expressed Mr. Weisickle.
Mr. Gupta has spent more than thirty years in the technology business. Most recently, he was the key senior executive for Emulex in Asia, where he oversaw engineering development and customer engagements in India, Taiwan, and China. In addition, he was responsible for a significant portion of Emulex’s engineering worldwide, including five locations in the United States. Prior to his tenure at Emulex, Anil was CEO at Aristos Logic, a leading provider of RAID devices and software to customers such as IBM and Apple. Mr. Gupta worked at Western Digital for over thirteen years and was the VP responsible for worldwide ASIC and enterprise firmware engineering. Mr. Gupta started his career at Intel where he developed processor designs.
“I am delighted to join OakGate. I have a great admiration for our incredibly talented team, the all-encompassing product portfolio and marquee customers,” commented Anil Gupta. “Over the years, the company has earned a well-deserved reputation as the test platform of choice for SSD and flash storage. OakGate has consistently delivered cutting-edge innovations that have enabled customers to offer highly-robust solutions and advanced functionality. I am excited about working with our customers and partners to further solidify our industry leadership,” added Mr. Gupta.
August 7, 2017
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
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.
June 12, 2017
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
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:
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
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
May 22, 2017
OakGate’s industry leading software and appliances provide an ideal platform for testing advanced NVMe functionality
incorporated into UNH-IOL’s NVMe Test Program
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.
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.
May 8, 2017
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
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.
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.
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August 6, 2016
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
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
“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.
OakGate test appliances lay the groundwork for expanding UNH-IOL’s NVMe Test Program
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
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
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.
September 10, 2014
Seasoned Technology Executive with Extensive Industry Experience Further Strengthens the Board of Privately Held OakGate
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
Western Digital Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer Brings Extensive Industry Experience to the Board of Privately Held OakGate
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’s Industry Leading Test, Validation & Benchmarking Systems Will Be Used By Myce to Conduct Reviews
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.
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August 23, 2013
Incorporates support for emerging PCIe based interfaces for Solid State Disks including NVMe and AHCI
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.
August 17, 2012
Products Establish the Company’s Leadership in PCIe, SAS, SATA & FC Test, Validation & Benchmarking
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
IO Throttling Enables Users to Measure Realistic Performance with the Creation of Application Specific Workloads and IO Rates
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.”