Flash Storage Highlight : Nimbus Data Receives Top Ranking In Flash Memory Storage Arrays in 2014-15 DCIG Buyer’s Guide

One of the flash arrays that has consistently demonstrated technology advantages and practical use-case advantages is Nimbus Data’s Gemini arrays.  I have mentioned some of their advantages in past posts. They just picked up some accolades from the 2014 DCIG Flash Memory Buyer’s Guide.  In evaluating 39 offerings from 20 companies, Nimbus Data’s Gemini F600 and F400 were selected as Best-in-Class (#1) and Recommended (#2) respectively.  You can read more about the selection process and the win here :

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Recommended Presentation : Overcoming Roadblocks to the All-Flash Storage Data Center

Nice overview presentation by George Crump, Storage Switzerland and Tom Isakovich, CEO Nimbus Data.  The second presentation just concluded and was good :

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One nice view of the numerics advancing the industry :

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Nimbus Data has recently announced a high scale-out solution. An example is that they can deliver one Petabyte in one namespace with a 10 node cluster (not limited to four arrays like some vendors) in a scant half rack (24 RU).

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Nimbus Data Announces New Scale-Out, Highly-Dense All-Flash Arrays

Somewhere in the world the violins have stopped playing in nervous anticipation of what could be a remarkable release from Nimbus Data.  We already know some key aspects of this new release of multiple arrays.  On Feb 25th, Nimbus Data announced two new scale-out arrays – an X96 and X48 all flash array for delivery in April to strategic customers.  The new release will allow for a half-rack to hold a petabyte of redundant storage in a single namespace along with all the usual storage features that Nimbus Data’s Halo provides.

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Good article on it here :

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The Register has commented on the announcement :

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Recommended Viewing : Overcoming Roadblocks to the All-Flash Data Center

Very good talk on Nimbus Data‘s all-flash array.  Definitely worth listening to if you are looking at implementing flash storage in your data center.  Thomas Isakovich, CEO and gemini-drive-swapfounder of Nimbus Data along with George Crump of Storage Switzerland provided an informative hour covering considerations of implementing all-flash arrays into the data center. Nimbus Data has been doubling their array sales every year for the past three years and they are doing this without the traditional VC funding.  One interesting aspect to me about this, is that having watched the unfortunate Violin Memory IPO and subsequent disappointing earnings, coupled to a stock that went from $9 a share to $2.50 a share and today sits at $3.41 –  it is refreshing to see a company with a different strategy.  The talk discussed typical roadblocks to implementing all flash in a data center.  The new Gemini arrays were covered – these are actually very fast enterprise SSD-based array that is highly customized to deliver high performance, throughput and low latency in a small form factor with excellent power and cooling numbers. Gemini can produce over 2 million IOPS and 12 Gbps throughput. Also covered is the array software, Halo, which has dedup, thin-provisioning, cloning, snapshots, encryption, etc. Also covered were use-cases for Gemini. Good talk. You can select the image below or go to this link to go to talk.

ndbright01I encourage you to go the the Storage Swiss web site which is full of resources on these topics. Excellent site.

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Recommended : Nimbus Data Aims High and Delivers; Also Releases VDI Benchmark

Fast performance is one aspect – but when you couple to a suite of data reduction technologies and storage features you get something much more useful and resilient. Some of the features in the latest arrays from Nimbus Data are well thought out and absolutely great from and enterprise and cloud perspective.

Nimbus Data has really arrived. Its new Gemini arrays challenges it’s competitors in a serious way.  It has hopped over the leading flash array competitor by offering full non-disruptive upgrades coupled with full array redundancy, hot-swap-everything, in-line data reduction in the form of thin-provisioning, replication, deduplication and compression and NFS and CIFS.  The amazing thing is that those are just the tip of the iceberg.  A deep dive video really reveals an excellent design and some surprisingly great advancements to flash array technology in general :

It has also demonstrated something that many other leading flash vendors have not been able to do.  It leverages eight 16 Gbs FC ports in its Nimbus Gemini arrays. It also offers two hot-swappable controllers. They have advanced the multi-protocol capability of the product by offering the ability to run 40 Gb ethernet and Infiniband at the the same time or alternatively ethernet and fiber channel at the same time. They have adapters that can run at 10 Gb ethernet.  The controllers parallelize the IO across all 24 flash drives.  The modules can be removed from the front – a great design for removing the flash modules (most excellent – no removing the array out of the rack, taking the top off and potentially having servicing dilemmas like some vendors).

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In a new benchmark they demonstrated the strength of the new arrays at handling VDI.  The benchmark was run with a Nimbus Gemini dual-controller 2U F400 all-flash array with 24 TB of raw capacity.

Data Point : The single array had 17.6 TB usable capacity for the test, and featured 24 one terabyte solid-state disks and a 4 TB cache with write-back caching.  A single Nimbus Gemini F400 can support more than 4,000 simultaneous VDI users at less than $40 per desktop.

You can read the full report :

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The focus on a unified array operating system (more on this in a future post) that offers a full range of storage features that I have written about in earlier posts is an important aspect of the new arrays.

 


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