Public demonstration at Flash Memory Summit 2016

Santa Clara, CA — August 9th, 2016

Kazan Networks Corporation will be demonstrating the world’s first 2.5” NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf)-connected Solid State Drive (SSD) at this week’s Flash Memory Summit.  Fresh off the announcement of their Series A funding round, and just two months after the NVMf standard was released, this prototype shows the level of integration possible with the Kazan Networks’ cutting edge solution.

“Connecting individual SSDs via high-performance, low-latency Ethernet in a standard way demonstrates the efficiency of our architecture,” said Joe Steinmetz, CEO of Kazan Networks.  “Our highly-accelerated, state machine-based implementation represents the optimum combination of performance, flexibility, low power, and real estate efficiency.”

Kazan Networks has been shipping implementations of their architecture since March of this year, but today’s SSD prototype represents an even smaller form factor, fitting into a standard 2.5” drive package (100mm x 70mm x 15mm).  Inside that package is a custom Xilinx FPGA containing Kazan Networks’ hardware and software plus two M.2-class SSDs for storage. 

"Kazan has been able to demonstrate impressive performance and features with our line of Kintex Ultrascale FPGAs," said Arun Iyengar, VP of Global Markets at Xilinx.  "The implementation of a new standard Data Center protocol, like NVMe over Fabrics, is an ideal example of where FPGAs are used for performance and time-to-market advantages."

“By leveraging the connectivity and scalability of Ethernet, it opens up tremendous possibilities in terms of datacenter architecture,” Joe continued.  “For example, we could easily show this drive operating on the other side of the exhibit hall from our server, something absolutely impossible when connecting to SSDs via PCIe.”

Kazan Networks is currently sharing details of their implementation with select customers.  This innovative and fully functioning product is available to be viewed at Kazan Network’s booth # 902.

CONTACT:  Bryan Cowger, Kazan Networks Corporation, +1-530-305-9151

About Kazan Networks

Headquartered in Roseville, CA, Kazan Networks is a privately held startup founded in Dec 2014 by an experienced team of high-tech veterans. Kazan Networks set out to design the highest performance and most efficient NVMe over Fabrics technology available. The team has previously led the industry in the innovation of Fibre Channel and iSCSI controllers, FC-to-SATA bridges, SAS controllers, and high-performance networking solutions. Find out more about Kazan Networks at