Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:02

Nimble boosts storage array performance


New flash arrays from Nimble Storage provide 50% more performance than their predecessors, company officials claim.

Storage vendor Nimble has announced that its CS200 and CS400 'adaptive flash' arrays are being replaced by the CS300 and CS500 families.

The 50% performance improvement with the new models comes in part from the use of Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs.

The CS200 family is offered in two standard configurations. The CS210 comes with a raw disk capacity of 8TB plus a minimum of 160GB of flash for an effective capacity of between 4 and 8TB. It supports four GbE connections.

The CS215 starts at 12TB of disk and 320GB of flash for an effective capacity of 8 to 16TB. It features two onboard GbE interfaces plus the buyer's choice of two 10GbE ports (optical or copper) or two more GbE ports.

They are said to be suited to small to medium sized operations or remote offices, and for workloads such as Exchange and VDI.

The CS500 is aimed at more demanding situations such as Oracle or SQL Server, or larger-scale VDI implementations. It comes in three standard configurations with effective minimum capacities of 8, 16 and 25TB, expandable to 220, 236 and 254TB respectively.

Customers are no longer restricted to the standard configurations, but are now free to order arrays with any supported combination of disks, flash storage and network interfaces.


"We strive to create a consistent enterprise-class experience across our entire product line," said Nimble's vice president of product management Ajay Singh.

"We have developed a platform that adapts as customers consolidate multiple types of workloads with varying performance and capacity demands."

Founder and vice president of engineering Varun Mehta said as one of the first companies to start using flash storage, Nimble had been "able to stake out a very large area that we could address."

Nimble's adaptive flash architecture allows for a variable amount of flash storage in an array, so the systems can provide high performance and high capacity.

The company started by addressing the needs of small to medium enterprises, and more recently has moved into the large enterprise space. To help that process Nimble will introduce Fibre Channel interfaces by the end of 2014, Mr Mehta said.

Enterprise customers expect 'five nines' (99.999%) reliability from vendors, he said. "We've achieved that across our entire installed base over the last two years."

Local customers include Jeanswest, Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, the Parliament of Victoria, Recoveriescorp, and Tenix.


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