This article describes the Power Testing Myce will perform as a standard part of its testing of Enterprise Solid State Storage solutions.
As at May 2015, Myce has been publishing Enterprise SSD reviews for 2 years and in all this time, although we have provided, arguably, the most comprehensive reports on the performance characterisation of solutions based on the use of a world class OakGate Technology test bench, we have not offered anything at all in the testing of a drive’s power consumption characteristics. I am delighted that we will now in one mighty step move from the bottom of the class right to the very top, by offering the most comprehensive power testing ever seen in data storage reviews.
Myce’s Power Testing will be based on the use of Quarch Technology products. Quarch Technology is a world leader in the supply of testing solutions for the data storage industry – please visit their website by clicking here. More specifically we are privileged that Quarch has enabled us to use their latest XLC Programmable Power Module (‘XLC PPM’). The XLC PPM is specifically designed for testing low power sleep states on modern SSDs and as such has a remarkably accurate low level current measurement, down to 100uA (micro amps, millionths of an amp) – please click here for details.
The other exciting news is that OakGate Technology has added extensive integration between its test bench and Quarch power testing solutions – please see OakGate’s website for details by clicking here.
So our long standing partnership with OakGate together with our new partnership with Quarch puts Myce in an enviable position with the ability to provide world class reviews for the power consumption characteristics of data storage solutions. Integration between Quarch and our OakGate test bench allows us to report on power consumption inline with reporting on performance characteristics over protracted periods of time (for example – to report on the change in power consumption through the course of an SNIA Write Saturation test). A more direct use of the Quarch equipment, using Quarch’s TestMonkey software allows us to take a very close look at power characteristics over relatively short periods of time (for example, to observe the power consumption characteristics when a drive is first powered up and when a drive is idling).
We take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Quarch and OakGate for their commitment to a partnership with Myce.
In due course we plan to introduce a similarly impressive level of Power Testing in our Consumer SSD Reviews, where, for example, using the Quarch XLC PPM’s ability to record power consumption during sleep (and even deep sleep) states will become highly relevant (particularly to users of mobile, battery powered devices).
Now let’s head to the next page, to take a look at the Quarch hardware…..