Network and data-storage test house I-TECH (Eden Prairie, Minn.) is rolling out its 4010 SANmark Test Suite, the second and final test suite in the company's 4000 Series of testers.
Significantly, the test suite is recognized under the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) SANmark Qualified Program as conforming to the SANmark Conformance Documents (SCDs).
FCIA is an international organization of manufacturers, systems integrators, developers, systems vendors, industry professionals, and end users, with more than 190 members and affiliates in the US, Europe, and Japan.
The SANmark Qualified Program is sponsored, operated, and promoted as an open conformance test suite development program within FCIA. The program addresses product interoperability and device-level compatibility. The program is open to members and nonmembers of FCIA, but is intended to benefit the entire storage networking industry at large.
More information about SANmark and FCIA
is available at the Fibre Channel Web site.
We Were There First
"We were the first test vendor to develop FCIA-recognized SANmark test suites and the first to introduce the industry to automated test analysis for SANmark, " states I-TECH CEO Steve Bucher.
Bucher explains that the SCDs identify a set of criteria to which a Fibre Channel product must adhere when qualifying for the SANmark trademark. The SANmark Qualified Test Program provides an objective performance standard for the Fibre Channel industry.
The 4010 Test Suite determines how well Fibre Channel host bus adaptors (HBAs) support a common API (application programming interface). The tests verify correct communication between an HBA and a directly attached
Nx_port (an N_ or NL_port), or around the fabric through the common API.
If the HBA is communicating correctly, it will set up the connection, retrieve information, set parameters, send frames, and control the operation in a consistent way if called through the common API functions.
The company's Advantage Automation product family includes 2000 Test Suites and 3000 Test Suites. They provide automated trace analysis for SANmark qualification. I-TECH also provides a so-called toolkit for SANmark qualification. It consists of a development system and software for the firm's 2000, 3000, and 4000 Test Suites. It can be used for script development where automated analysis isn't desirable.
This range of test approaches accommodates a users' level of experience and needs. For example, automated analysis is for users with little knowledge of the Fibre Channel spec. The tool kit, on the other hand, accommodates programmers who want to develop their own tests.
For more info, contact I-TECH, 10300 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie, Minn. 55344. Phone: 952-941-5905. Fax: 952-941-2386
Or, click to visit I-TECH's Web site.