NextGig Systems New Agreement Broadens Testing Capabilities with FCoE, Fibre Channel and SAS Storage Emulation Solutions from SANBlaze

Westlake Village, CA September 1, 2009 -- NextGig Systems, Inc., a provider of industry leading network connectivity, monitoring and test solutions, announces the signing of an exclusive representative agreement with SANBlaze Technology, Inc., to provide the SANBlaze Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Fibre Channel and SAS storage emulation systems in California, Washington and Oregon. NextGig Systems can now equip engineers in the development and test lab as well as the data center with these innovative storage emulation test solutions.

The SANBlaze storage emulation systems are highly configurable and unique in their ability to emulate actual storage devices. This robust system can emulate over 2000 drives with capacities up to 100 Terabytes per drive. Their target emulators allow the creation of read/write drives and tapes, control latency and configure error conditions.

The SANBlaze initiator emulators behave as a real initiator, not just a traffic generator or protocol tester, providing real login and command control.

"For many years now the SANBlaze has been the tool of choice of the development and test lab engineer for Fibre Channel and SAS emulation." said Rob Esau, NextGig System's CEO. "With the rise of FCoE in data and storage networks, SANBlaze FCoE emulation solutions will be the new tool of choice for storage engineering professionals."

FCoE Emulation
The SANBlaze FCoE VirtuaLUN is the key piece of test equipment for anyone developing or deploying products supporting FCoE (Fibre channel over Ethernet). The VirtuaLUN feature set provides a rich set of functions applicable in all aspects of a product life-cycle; from development to design validation and test and QA. The ability to emulate targets and/or initiators with a wide range of configurable attributes provides engineers with a flexible, scalable tool to simulate real Data Center Ethernet and SAN environments, at a fraction of the cost of real devices.

Target Emulation
SANBlaze target emulation systems for FCoE, Fibre Channel and SAS provide a virtual, extremely cost-efficient configurable environment for SAN product development, testing and QA. The systems reduce the need to deploy large farms of physical "scratch disks" or tapes, providing port density, high performance, non-volatile media at a fraction of the cost of physical disks or tapes. The ability to add latency, have differing read/write sizes, inject a wide variety of errors and save and restore multiple disk configurations provides a flexible and invaluable tool for development, test and QA labs.

Initiator Emulation
The SANBlaze Initiator Emulator for FCoE, Fibre Channel and SAS provides simulation of a single to hundreds of Initiator ports. The software runs stand alone or in conjunction with SANBlaze Target Emulation software for an end-to-end solution. SANBlaze Initiator Emulation provides unparalleled advantages over the real thing: smaller footprint, lower power consumption, centralized management and control and lower cost of ownership.

Simulation of hundreds of host devices or initiators is possible in a 1U form factor. Features such as read/write/compare testing, error injection and a custom command builder provide the ideal environment in which to simulate Initiator test cases via script or an easy to use web interface. The patent pending BlazterMode allows for all ports to run at full line rate.

SANBlaze Emulation systems can be deployed at a fraction of what the devices they are emulating cost. In addition to the actual costs, soft cost savings such as power and space, and configuration and deployment times provide a significant ROI for emulation systems.

About SANBlaze Technology
SANBlaze Technology, Inc., is a pioneer in SAN emulation technologies and a leading provider of storage solutions for embedded systems. SANBlaze products include the VirtuaLUN and GargantuLUN family of SAN target and initiator emulation systems available for FCoE, Fibre Channel and SAS and are deployed in the test and development labs of most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide. The company also designs and manufactures a complete line of AMC, PMC, ATCA and cPCI board level storage solutions for embedded computing systems.

About NextGig Systems
NextGig Systems provides industry leading network connectivity, monitoring and test solutions for IT professionals and storage development engineers. NextGig's technology specialists have expertise with product information, demonstrations and in-depth evaluations. Our mission is to help our customers achieve their goals by providing them with the technology advice and products they need. We strive to develop strong relationships with our customers by operating with the highest level of integrity while offering quality products and excellent service.

For more information about SANBlaze Storage Emulation please contact NextGig Systems at 805-277-2400 and on the web at

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