VIAVI Enables Kazan Networks to Accelerate Development of NVMe over Fabrics Storage Technology

The VIAVI Xgig 1000 Storage Network Test Platform Addresses All Predominant Speeds and Application-Level Protocols

Milpitas, Calif., May 23, 2017 VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced that Kazan Networks has selected the Xgig 1000 10/25/50/100 GE Analyzer for storage networking development and test. Kazan is a leader in advanced storage technology based on the NVMe over Fabrics™ standard. The company requires test capabilities that can keep pace with rapid market evolution, and the Xgig 1000 delivers with support for all predominant speeds and application-level protocols involved in next-generation storage networking. VIAVI is participating in the NVMe Plugfest at University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), Durham, New Hampshire, May 22-25, 2017.

Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe™) over Fabrics is an innovation in storage technology, designed to enable faster access of solid-state media or systems over a network such as Ethernet or Fibre Channel. The specification has been standardized by NVM Express, Inc. and its membership, which includes over 100 participating companies.

Kazan Networks has developed what it believes is the industry’s fastest NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) bridge, designed to enable pooling of high-performance NVMe SSDs in a new, disaggregated compute/storage topology. Leveraging the scale and distance capabilities of Ethernet, it is now possible for servers to remotely access NVMe SSDs, either within a rack or across the datacenter. Done correctly, there is virtually no performance lost in this configuration, while end users benefit through increased levels of storage utilization and ultimately significantly lower total cost of ownership.

VIAVI delivered the Xgig 1000 10/25/50/100 GE Analyzer including an NVMe (PCI Express) test feature which enabled the engineering team at Kazan to accelerate the development, validation and launch of its offering to the market. Critical features for Kazan included: the ability to capture and interpret Ethernet and PCI Express traffic in a clear and concise manner; and the ability to cross-correlate the traffic between Local NVMe and Remote NVMe over Fabrics protocol analysis.

“The VIAVI Xgig 1000 multispeed Ethernet analyzer and its support of application-level protocols, such as iWARP, RoCE, RoCEv2 and NVMe over Fabrics, allows our engineers to quickly and precisely debug multi-vendor interoperability issues,” said Joe Steinmetz, Chief Executive Officer, Kazan Networks. “In addition to their outstanding performance on the Ethernet side of our devices, The VIAVI Xgig 1000 PCIe Gen3 Analyzer and its ability to fully decode all NVMe traffic is a big win for us when debugging complex problems. Wrapping it all together, the ability to cascade The VIAVI Ethernet and PCIe analyzers with seamless, time-synchronized continuity in a single display trace simplifies the task of analyzing end-to-end NVMe over Fabric storage networks.”

“As a leader in test and measurement, VIAVI is proud to support the advancement of NVMe over Fabrics with Kazan Networks,” said Tom Fawcett, Vice President and General Manager, Lab and Production Business Unit, VIAVI Solutions. “From optical networking to storage networking, we have consistently leveraged our experience with service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprise IT and technology pioneers to ready test solutions for next-generation technologies precisely when they’re needed.”

About Kazan Networks
Kazan Networks is a privately held startup founded in 2014 by storage networking veterans with experience at HP, Agilent, Emulex and Sierra Logic. Kazan’s fully accelerated, all-hardware implementation through its ASIC represents a unique approach to an NVMe over Fabrics solution. By removing the need to run I/O firmware on an embedded microprocessor, latencies through the ASIC are measured in fractions of a microsecond, far faster than can be achieved by other, microprocessor-based approaches.

About VIAVI Solutions
VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, supported by a worldwide channel community including VIAVI Velocity Solution Partners. We deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks, enabling customers to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. VIAVI is also a leader in high performance thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, automotive, defense and instrumentation markets. Learn more about VIAVI at VIAVI Solutions. Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.