Review: OakGate Expandable Desktop Storage Test Platform Reviewed by: J.Reynolds Provided by: OakGate Firmware version: SVF Version 3.6.4
In March 2013 Myce and OakGate Technology (hereafter referred to as OakGate) entered into a joint partnership for the testing and reviewing of enterprise storage products. In keeping with both parties continuing commitment to the partnership, Myce has recently completed the implementation of one of OakGate’s latest test appliances - the Expandable Desktop Storage Test Platform together with an optional 4-Bay U.2 Plug-In Module.
The first review to use Myce’s new Enterprise Storage Test Platform, the Toshiba HK4E 1.6TB SATA Enterprise SSD Review, has recently been published and can be viewed by clicking here.
We are now pleased to present this review of our new Enterprise Storage Test Platform, itself.
OakGate is arguably the world’s leading supplier of storage test platforms and you can visit their website by clicking here.
OakGate’s Storage Test Platforms are implemented within OakGate’s Storage Validation Framework (‘SVF’); the SVF is composed of three main components:
- Controller Client – OakGate controller application software, which is installed on a customer’s Windows PC or Linux-based machine and controls the appliance to test the devices under test (DUTs).
- Appliance – the OakGate test and validation software suite installed on an OakGate Linux-based desktop or rack-mount system.
- Connections to DUTs – connections for DUTs may reside within an OakGate appliance backplane, a plug-in module or in an OakGate supported external enclosure.
The controller client directs the appliance over the Internet or within a private network, via TCP/IP, which allows remote access and multiple sessions to be established. The appliance directly connects to DUTs such as SSDs and HDDs.
Myce’s Enterprise Test Platform consists of:
- Controller Client – Windows 10 PC (usually a Shuttle DS57U), connected to the Appliance via a private network
- Appliance – OakGate Expandable Desktop Appliance
- Add on Module – OakGate 4-Bay U.2 Plug-In Module
In this picture of Myce’s Enterprise Storage Test Platform the OakGate Expandable Desktop Appliance contains an embedded OakGate 4-Bay U.2 Plug-in Module with three SSDs installed.
More specifically Myce’s OakGate Expandable Desktop Appliance consists of:
- Motherboard: Supermicro X10SRA
- CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1650 @ 3.5GHz
- RAM: 32GB DDR4 @ 2134MHz
This photo shows an elevated view of the Expandable Desktop with its top cover removed.
This photo shows an OakGate 4-Bay U.2 Plug-in Module.
This photo shows the appliance’s three, PCIe (Gen-3) x16 slots. In the first (leftmost) slot is an OakGate PCIe Power Interposer Card, which supports power cycling and power measurement – a PCIe SSD Add-In Card (AIC) can be tested when inserted in this interposer card. In the second (middle) slot is an SAS/SATA HBA, which enables communication with the appliance and SAS/SATA SSDs in the 4-Bay U.2 Plug-in module. In the third (rightmost) slot is an OakGate NVMe x16 Host Card, which enables communication with the appliance and NVMe SSDs in the 4-Bay U.2 Plug-in module.
The configuration allows up to four and any combination of SAS, SATA, or NVMe SSDs that use a U.2/DFF-8639 connector to be tested concurrently within the 4-Bay U.2 Plug-In.
On the next page, I include a high level overview of the OakGate Storage Validation Framework.
On page 3, I include a demonstration video showing how to create, run and report the results of an Automated Performance Test in SVF. Although this by no means covers all of the functionality provided by Oakgate, I hope it gives a good insight into the comprehensive capability and usability of the platform.
Now let's head to the next page, for an overview of the OakGate Storage Validation Framework