UNH-IOL Drives NVM Express (NVMe) Technology Forward for Storage Industry

DURHAM, N.H., December 13, 2017 – The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced the launch of its NVM Express over Fabrics (NVME-oF) testing services and the release of its NVMe-oF Integrators List.

The first successful compliance and interoperability testing of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) occurred at the NVM Express (NVMe)  Plugfest held October 30, 2017 to November 2, 2017 in conjunction with NVMe Express, Inc and Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). During the event three separate test scenarios were conducted: NVMe, NVMe-oF Ethernet and NVMe-oF Fibre Channel (FC). Testing of NVMe-oF solutions provides confidence in the maturity of the technology and the interoperability of products across multi-vendor networks regardless of the transport fabric, as well as, ensuring a faster time to market for companies.

“With an increasing demand for lower latency and higher application performance, the storage industry has been moving towards NVMe and NVMe-oF solutions. As NVMe-oF solutions reach maturity, our new NVMe-oF testing services and NVMe-oF Integrators List assures customers that their products are interoperable and serves as a building block for a successful future of testing additional capabilities,” said David Woolf, senior engineer, Datacenter Technologies, UNH-IOL. “The UNH-IOL is pleased to continue supporting the on-going efforts of NVM Express, Inc to drive NVMe technology, through our neutral venue that continuously tests the specifications as the technology develops and matures.”

The plethora of NVMe-oF controllers, storage management software and Storage Target Solutions solutions at the recent NVMe Plugfest reveals the maturity of the technology and the need for interoperability to speed time to market. The UNH-IOL NVMe-oF testing services and NVMe-oF Integrators List ensure interoperability between the components for building an NVMe-oF solution, including drive enclosures, host bus adapters (HBA), switches, and the internal NVMe storage devices. As NVMe-oF solutions allow fabric access to flash storage over existing and reliable transports, such as FC and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), it is important to test for interoperability across the entire stack. The UNH-IOL provides third-party validation that all components are interoperable to ensure products achieve their end goal whether using FC or RoCE transport.

Testing at the recent NVMe Plugfest certified three inaugural products from the following companies for the NVMe-oF Integrators List: Cavium, Mellanox, and Toshiba. Designed to create confidence among customers that products are interoperable, qualifying devices will continue to be added to the NVMe-oF Integrators list.

“UNH-IOL testing gives us the confidence that our hardware and software products are interoperable and provides external validation through its NVMe-oF Integrators List to our customers that it will work across multi-vendor networks,” said Cameron Brett, director of marketing, Toshiba Memory America, Inc.. “The ability to capitalize on the new and innovative method of accessing storage media through NVMe and NVMe-oF is vital to meet our customers demands.”