FIBREcalc+(TM) Testing Software for Solaris-Based Storage Networks Released By Shugart Technology

Simpler, More Efficient Test Software for Solaris-Based Data Storage Networks



Apr 09, 2001, 01:00 ET from Shugart Technology, Inc.

    IRVINE, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Shugart Technology, Inc. (STI), a
 provider of premier software tools that simplify and automate storage device
 testing, today announced the release of FIBREcalc+(TM), its application for
 the testing and analysis of Solaris-based Fibre Channel storage systems.
 FIBREcalc+ directly addresses the shortcomings and limitations of current
 testing applications by automating and simplifying routine test procedures.
 Compared to traditional test methods, FIBREcalc+ saves time, eliminates many
 common mistakes, and yields more consistent results, allowing users to
 concentrate on prevention, evaluation and analysis. FIBREcalc+ has been
 demonstrated to be a quicker and simpler method for testing and analysis of
 SCSI-based storage devices since its initial release last year.
     "Even though Solaris-based Fibre Channel storage systems have a relatively
 long history and are very widely installed, the available diagnostic tools
 remain complicated and difficult to use. Shugart Technology's testing
 applications greatly simplify the life of users by streamlining routine
 testing and analysis," said Ed Barnes, CTO of STI. "At the same time, we are
 providing advanced features for the most demanding technical users."
     Maintaining and managing Solaris-based storage systems continues to be a
 significant challenge because, until now, the available test and analysis
 tools were developed for the Windows NT environment and have not been
 optimized for Solaris-based systems. FIBREcalc+, which is completely
 platform-independent, is ideal for Solaris systems. In addition to working
 across multiple operating systems, FIBREcalc+ applies equally to the testing
 of disk, tape, and automated data storage library devices from a variety of
 manufacturers. FIBREcalc+ performs product development testing, production
 testing, field service troubleshooting and fault isolation, as well as
 end-user product compliance testing. A few of the specific test uses include
 design verification, functional, performance, stress, and data integrity
 testing.
     "Solaris-based storage networks are often used for critical applications
 such as Internet commerce, where system redundancy and 24/7 availability are
 crucial," continued Ed. "FIBREcalc+ is especially relevant to these markets
 because it simplifies and speeds maintenance and troubleshooting, and doesn't
 require the user to be a technical expert."
     FIBREcalc+ automates the most commonly applied protocols and test methods
 while also facilitating quick and easy custom test development, using an
 intuitive, simple-to-use, calculator-type interface. Parameter logging and a
 variety of other time consuming tasks are also automated with results reported
 in an easy-to-understand format. FIBREcalc+ is powerful enough for the test
 lab, but its simplicity and ease of use makes it an ideal tool for field
 service technicians, eliminating the need for extensive training and
 supervision.
     FIBREcalc+ also features advanced capabilities for the more technical
 user. Scripts -- C-based programs for user-specific tests -- can readily be
 created directly in FIBREcalc+ or with any text editor. Scripts can also be
 converted to fixed test applications to ensure consistency. Scripts and
 applications can be run using the calculator-like interface. Furthermore,
 FIBREcalc+ allows multithreaded scripting, whereby a user can run multiple
 scripts simultaneously. This is useful for testing RAID or tape library
 devices, and for performing stress or load testing.
     Shugart Technology is currently releasing a series of complementary test
 products based on the FIBREcalc+ software design to address the dynamic and
 complex testing challenges of the evolving storage systems market. These
 products include more complex automated testing, customizable test generation
 utilities, and are interoperable across a variety of operating system
 environments including Windows NT/2000, Sun Solaris SPARC/x86, HP-UX, and
 Linux. Future products will offer data evaluation and interpretation
 capabilities.
 
     About Shugart Technology, Inc.
     Shugart Technology, Inc. (STI), headquartered in Irvine, California, is a
 developer of leading edge software for testing, analyzing and monitoring of
 computer- and Internet-based storage and storage communications product
 performance. Based on sound scientific principals, STI's patented test
 methodologies provide maximum assurance that critical data storage network
 components always operate as specified. For more information about Shugart
 Technology, visit www.shugarttech.com.
 
     NOTE:  Windows NT is a registered trademark and Solaris is a trademark of
 their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Shugart Technology, Inc.
    IRVINE, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Shugart Technology, Inc. (STI), a
 provider of premier software tools that simplify and automate storage device
 testing, today announced the release of FIBREcalc+(TM), its application for
 the testing and analysis of Solaris-based Fibre Channel storage systems.
 FIBREcalc+ directly addresses the shortcomings and limitations of current
 testing applications by automating and simplifying routine test procedures.
 Compared to traditional test methods, FIBREcalc+ saves time, eliminates many
 common mistakes, and yields more consistent results, allowing users to
 concentrate on prevention, evaluation and analysis. FIBREcalc+ has been
 demonstrated to be a quicker and simpler method for testing and analysis of
 SCSI-based storage devices since its initial release last year.
     "Even though Solaris-based Fibre Channel storage systems have a relatively
 long history and are very widely installed, the available diagnostic tools
 remain complicated and difficult to use. Shugart Technology's testing
 applications greatly simplify the life of users by streamlining routine
 testing and analysis," said Ed Barnes, CTO of STI. "At the same time, we are
 providing advanced features for the most demanding technical users."
     Maintaining and managing Solaris-based storage systems continues to be a
 significant challenge because, until now, the available test and analysis
 tools were developed for the Windows NT environment and have not been
 optimized for Solaris-based systems. FIBREcalc+, which is completely
 platform-independent, is ideal for Solaris systems. In addition to working
 across multiple operating systems, FIBREcalc+ applies equally to the testing
 of disk, tape, and automated data storage library devices from a variety of
 manufacturers. FIBREcalc+ performs product development testing, production
 testing, field service troubleshooting and fault isolation, as well as
 end-user product compliance testing. A few of the specific test uses include
 design verification, functional, performance, stress, and data integrity
 testing.
     "Solaris-based storage networks are often used for critical applications
 such as Internet commerce, where system redundancy and 24/7 availability are
 crucial," continued Ed. "FIBREcalc+ is especially relevant to these markets
 because it simplifies and speeds maintenance and troubleshooting, and doesn't
 require the user to be a technical expert."
     FIBREcalc+ automates the most commonly applied protocols and test methods
 while also facilitating quick and easy custom test development, using an
 intuitive, simple-to-use, calculator-type interface. Parameter logging and a
 variety of other time consuming tasks are also automated with results reported
 in an easy-to-understand format. FIBREcalc+ is powerful enough for the test
 lab, but its simplicity and ease of use makes it an ideal tool for field
 service technicians, eliminating the need for extensive training and
 supervision.
     FIBREcalc+ also features advanced capabilities for the more technical
 user. Scripts -- C-based programs for user-specific tests -- can readily be
 created directly in FIBREcalc+ or with any text editor. Scripts can also be
 converted to fixed test applications to ensure consistency. Scripts and
 applications can be run using the calculator-like interface. Furthermore,
 FIBREcalc+ allows multithreaded scripting, whereby a user can run multiple
 scripts simultaneously. This is useful for testing RAID or tape library
 devices, and for performing stress or load testing.
     Shugart Technology is currently releasing a series of complementary test
 products based on the FIBREcalc+ software design to address the dynamic and
 complex testing challenges of the evolving storage systems market. These
 products include more complex automated testing, customizable test generation
 utilities, and are interoperable across a variety of operating system
 environments including Windows NT/2000, Sun Solaris SPARC/x86, HP-UX, and
 Linux. Future products will offer data evaluation and interpretation
 capabilities.
 
     About Shugart Technology, Inc.
     Shugart Technology, Inc. (STI), headquartered in Irvine, California, is a
 developer of leading edge software for testing, analyzing and monitoring of
 computer- and Internet-based storage and storage communications product
 performance. Based on sound scientific principals, STI's patented test
 methodologies provide maximum assurance that critical data storage network
 components always operate as specified. For more information about Shugart
 Technology, visit www.shugarttech.com.
 
     NOTE:  Windows NT is a registered trademark and Solaris is a trademark of
 their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Shugart Technology, Inc.