Nimble Storage is taking aim at cloud applications with a new storage service that enables customers to extend their current storage setups and run critical workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

The offering, dubbed Nimble Cloud Volumes, is the first multi-cloud block storage service to provide data management and services capabilities that blur the line between on-premises and public cloud storage, claims the San Jose, Calif.-based data storage company. According to Suresh Vasudevan, CEO of Nimble Storage, its arrival is the solution to many of the challenges businesses face in cloudifying their core applications.

“To move business applications to the cloud, they need enterprise-grade features in the cloud that are currently missing,” wrote Suresh Vasudevan, CEO of Nimble Storage, in a blog post. “They need easy mobility from on-premise data centers to the cloud and back, and across multiple cloud providers. They need granular visibility into the resources that are being consumed and the service levels that are being delivered to such applications in the public cloud.”

Nimble Cloud Volumes blend the reliability and high-end data availability and management capabilities provided by the company’s flash and hybrid storage arrays with public cloud storage. It offers data protection, using the Nimble’s changed-data pricing approach and inherits the six nines (99.9999 percent) storage availability assurances of the company’s existing Predictive Cloud platform.

Moreover, it helps businesses avoid vendor lock-in when they finally go all-in on the cloud. Nimble Cloud Volumes includes built-in data mobility features, allowing customers to move their data between public clouds and their own data centers, minus costly data egress charges, assured Nimble. The product’s predictive analytics capabilities, courtesy of the company’s InfoSight technology, help IT organizations make better data placement decision based on their performance and financial requirements.

“We have several dozen customers – small and extremely large – eager to test NCV [Nimble Cloud Volumes] and our Beta is well underway,” Vasudevan added. “We are very much looking forward to making NCV generally available to the entire market over the next several weeks.”

Fifty customers, some of them among the Global 500, are currently in the beta. When Nimble Cloud Volumes is officially released, pricing will start at $0.10 per gigabyte per month. The service is expected to roll out first in the United States, with other regions to follow over the next 12 months.

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