Patent Number: 8,719,635

Title: Cost effective use of simulated storage in a storage subsystem test environment

Abstract: A data receiver module receives, at a storage device simulator, a data transmission from a storage controller being tested. The data transmission includes data and metadata. The metadata is associated with the data. A signature receiver module receives a signature from the storage controller as part of the data transmission. The signature is used to distinguish the metadata from the data. A data/metadata determination module examines the data transmission and determines data from metadata using the signature. A metadata storage module stores the metadata of the data transmission on the storage device simulator in response to the data transmission including metadata. The data storage simulator includes a data storage device. A data discard module discards the data of the data transmission in response to the data transmission including data.

Inventors: Frank; Denis A. (Winchester, GB), Mehta; Payal (Woking, GB), Sinclair; David A. (Winchester, GB)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 11/22 (20060101); G06F 11/26 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018