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).
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 :
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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